Myanmar ranks third in ASEAN for heritage parks

Wildlife sanctuaries and national parks control climate change and contribute to the sustainability of biodiversity, human be­ings, and the natural environment. My­anmar ranks third among the ASEAN countries for possessing many national parks.


Brunei boasts one ASEAN Heritage Park, one in Laos, two in Cambodia, two in Singapore, three in Malaysia, six in Thailand, seven in Indonesia, eight in Myanmar, nine in the Philippines and ten in Viet Nam. The ASEAN Community possesses 49 ASEAN Heritage Parks.


Accelerating biodiversity con­servation can support the sus­tainability of human resources and environmental conservation.


‘The global climate change depends on the biodiversity, for­ests and mountains, especially, it needs the concept to lead the natural resources conservation. The production sector should follow the law and the rules without fail and conserve and replant systematically.


Cooper­ation plays a key role. All the national parks in Myanmar are essential not only for ASEAN but also for the world. Conserving the protected areas directly ben­efits the green economy and blue economy as well as geological features and climate. Travellers are interested in nature-based tourism, such as the maritime, land, and ice-capped mountains. Myanmar is one of the countries that grab the interest of visitors. Myanmar is a country with plen­ty of natural heritage,” said U Kyi Oo, head of Lampi Marine National Park.


Myanmar is participating in environmental conservation with ASEAN countries and work­ing with NGOs and locals to de­velop national parks and ensure the survival of wildlife animals. The government protects sci­ence reserve forests, national gardens, marine national parks, protected reserves, wildlife sanc­tuaries, unusual geological sites and community-protected natu­ral areas. There are 59 natural protected areas covering 6.42 per cent of total land areas.


“The government is laying down the policies and objectives. It targets establishing forests for about 30 per cent of the country’s land areas and 10 per cent to protect reserve forests and pro­tected land areas. It has already established over six per cent of protected land. Existence of na­tional parks will support tourism, create job opportunities for the locals, and earn revenue for the country. Myanmar ranks third among ASEAN countries for hav­ing national parks. Therefore, all should cooperate in conserving the marine, wetland, sanctuary and snow-capped mountains because the national parks in Myanmar are unspoiled and in virgin stage,” he added.


ASEAN Heritage Parks are defined as “protected areas of high conservation importance, preserving in total a complete spectrum of representative eco­systems of the ASEAN region.” — Thitsa (MNA)/KTZH