January 22, 2021
'Plant for the Planet' Mangrove Reforestation in Myanmar
AFoCO joined hands with the Korea Association for UN Environment, a national committee of the UN Environment Programme, to carry out mangrove restoration in Letkokkon Village, Kawhmu Township, Yangon Region, Myanmar. Funded by SK Innovation, the ‘Plant for the Planet‘ mangrove restoration project was implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Natural Resources & Environmental Conservation of Myanmar. The project aimed to restore 18ha of mangrove forests in the project site in Myanmar and help build the capacities of local communities to cope with natural disasters, in efforts to respond to climate change and secure biodiversity in the region. Despite delays in planting activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Myanmar, a total of 45,000 seedlings from four mangrove species were successfully planted across 18 hectares of plantations from 31 October through 27 November 2020. The active participation of local people in the mangrove planting activity resulted in the successful completion of the project and also helped generate income for the participating communities. As part of the cooperation with the Korea Association for UN Environment, this project is symbolic of AFoCO’s commitment towards fostering closer cooperation with the Myanmar government to deal with issues in the forestry sector, especially to tackle climate change issues. AFoCO will continue to mobilize diverse resources to protect forests and improve the livelihoods of local communities.