Coastal Resources Management Central Committee holds 5th meeting

The Coastal Resources Man­agement Central Committee held its fifth meeting in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.


Speaking at the meeting, State Administration Council Member Deputy Prime Minister Union Minister for Transport and Communications General Mya Tun Oo, in his capacity as Chairman of the central commit­tee, said that the central com­mittee has drafted the Integrat­ed Coastal Management (ICM) as per the assigned duties, and also highlighted the establish­ment of Myanmar coast guard, finalization of Marine Pollution Control Law, designation of no-fishing zones in certain ar­eas that are rich in ecosystem and biodiversity, Hot Spot/Div­ing Sites, awareness campaigns to prevent coastal pollution and cooperation of departments con­cerned in reserved forests and protected public forests.


He added that the world countries including Myanmar are implementing the SDG (Sus­tainable Development Goal) in which 14 out of 17 goals are con­cerned with coastal and marine ecosystem development. Over three billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods.


However, 30 per cent of fish stocks are overexploited, result­ing in significant decline of fish resources whereas sea pollution threatening fish resources and ecosystem.


About 80 per cent of marine debris come from land-based sources, and mostly plastic wastes and fishing net.


He also mentioned the adverse effects of marine pol­lution and amplified sound transmission devices installed on offshore and gas exploration vessels.


He then highlighted the 2020 report of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) that estimated that 25 per cent of mammals, 27 per cent of sea birds and 27 per cent of coral reefs could go extinct, and half of the marine species will be at risk of extinc­tion by 2100.


He urged all attendees to work together in drafting bal­anced policies and procedures to conserve the coastal and ma­rine ecosystems.


Then, the secretary of the central committee the perma­nent secretary of Ministry of Natural Resources and Envi­ronmental Conservation briefed the ICM.


The General made a con­cluding remark after hearing the reports of the Union ministers, region and state chief ministers and officials, the deputy chief of staff (Navy), permanent secre­taries, and directors-general. — MNA/KTZH