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Myanmar: Mangrove conservation up against socioeconomic realities of forest resources July 28,2020   |  Source: BNI Online

rakan State residents are deleteriously cutting down mangroves growing along the state’s coast to earn a living, say organisations working to conserve the valuable shoreline forests. Mangroves are deforested to sell firewood for brick-making fields and to make charcoal, said Ko Myo Lwin, a leader of the Ann Township Mangrove Trees Conservation Group. “Villagers find it difficult to get a job for their living. Additionally, COVID-19 is one of the factors creating hardships for their living. That’s why some residents rely on mangrove forests for income,” said Ko Myo Lwin.

The current socioeconomic trends require that mangrove forests be conserved, he added. The Ann Township Mangrove Trees Conservation Group said residents of several townships in Arakan State including Ann, Kyaukphyu, Myebon, Taungup and Ramree are taking the ax to mangroves every day. The group is now working to reforest mangroves in Ann, Kyaukphyu, Taungup, Myebon and Pauktaw townships, Ko Myo Lwin told DMG.

“Fishermen in the townships are affected by the impacts of water pollution while they are also facing difficulties to do fishing because of more prawn and fish farming. So, we plant and conserve mangrove plants so that fishermen can do fishing well in communal fishing areas,” he said. The

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