By U Aye Lwin, Chairman Worldview Myanmar,
Founder Member Green Economy Green Growth Myanmar,
Advisor to Nippon Foundation and Sasakawa Peace
Foundation, President Yangon Rotary Club and former
Director General ASEAN Di
The efforts being made for the restoration and protection of mangrove on a national scale by Worldview International Foundation and Worldview Myanmar in collaboration with University of Pathein, University of Myeik and the authorities concerned of Regional and Union Government of the Union of Myanmar is in line with and in support of the aims and objectives of Green Economy and Green Growth (GEGG) Association formed in Myanmar. Continue reading
Farmers participating in mangrove restoration.
Based on the first survey in MaGyi for livelihood/community development, Worldview has been invited by the charcoal producers to help them restart their livelihood income by establishing soft shell crab production, orchid growing and bee honey production from honey mangroves, and to establish a nypa golden nectar production unit by utilizing potentials with the nypa mangrove plants in the area. Worldview has already completed test production of nypa golden nectar, as well as propagation of endangered endemic orchid species in its tissue culture lab (over 100,000 plants ready for replanting by early 2015). These activities will be essential in mobilizing the local community and providing the disadvantaged with new livelihood opportunities. Special efforts will be taken to engage women in the development activities. Worldview’s international community development/communication specialist has since 2013 been engaged in the livelihood program in cooperation with local project staff. Continue reading
Worldview has gained experience in establishing community mangrove forests during 2013-2014 by engaging 46 farmers in Kan Su Village to establish nurseries. A total of 26,000 plants were produced. 4,000 of the plants were used for fencing in Kan Su, and the balance 22,000 plants were shared with farmers in Wat Su village to make a flood fence for protection of their rice fields. The project was successfully completed in August 2014 with all plants in the ground. The feedback from the villages is very encouraging. This has given Worldview an additional practical experience at grass root level, in addition to the scientifically based research and plant development with Pathein University. Continue reading
The main aim is to restore 1800 acres degraded mangrove forest by char coal production, timber and firewood harvest, prawn and crab farms. The restoration process is to make an ecological model for national restoration, in line with governmental policy. According to estimate, 1 million Ha of mangrove forests have been lost in Myanmar since 1980. A great part of this can be restored. It is in this large-scale context that the importance of a Gene Bank of Mangrove species shouldn be established as part of the Climate Park proposal. This will preserve Myanmar’s 45 species of mangroves, in addition to 20 hybrid varieties, as a valuable bio-resource for future development. Continue reading
The project proposal for a Climate Park and Mangrove Gene Bank at MaGyi, Ayeyarwady Division (PUR/01), is based on two year’s mangrove restoration research, in cooperation with Myeik University, Pathein University, Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry by Worldview International Foundation. Continue reading
The mangrove tree is a halophyte, a plant that thrives in salty conditions. It has the ability to grow where no other tree can, thereby making significant contributions that benefit the environment. The tree is the foundation in a complex marine food chain and the detrital food cycle. Continue reading
Most of the beneficiaries of Worldview’s ongoing mangrove project are women.
It is of great importance to include people’s participation at all levels of mangrove restoration. The advantage of engaging local communities is that they will have the overall responsibility in planting, nursing and protecting the new plants, and thereafter manage the forests in a sustainable manner. The project will include training at all levels and will follow up with professional support from the universities on a regular scale. Continue reading