Interview with a Hluttaw Representative on Environmental Conservation

13th June 2020

Nyein Thu Min (Yadanabon Newspaper – Freelance reporter)

Q1. Could you introduce yourself and tell us about your role as a Hluttaw representative? Then, in which committee or organization do you involve? 

A1. My name is U Saw Maung. I’m serving as the Hluttaw represntative of the Sarlingyi Township Constituency (2) of the Sagaing Region Hluttaw. I am also the secretary of the Agriculture, Livestock, Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation Committee, which is comprised of Hluttaw representatives.

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Q2. As you are the current secretary of the Agriculture, Livestock, Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation Committee, what specifically do you think our government should be doing to preserve the environment and mitigate the effects of climate change?

A2. What the government should do is, I think, to prevent the deforestration and to replanish trees in exisiting forest areas. That’s the fist task. The second is to extract natural resources of our country in a systematic way.

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Q3. What would be the greatest obstacle to implementing effective environmental policies in Myanmar?  

A3. The main challenge is the work of extracting natural resources. That’s the key obstacle for our country because those natural resources are being extracted both on ground and underground. On ground extraction is related to forests. Underground one is related to minerals. That’s the biggest challenge. 

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Q4. Is the environmental issue going to play a central role in the forthcoming elections?

A4. It shoudl be included in drafting party’s policies. It’s important for our country. Preserving and replansihing the environment is a issue which should be established under party’s policies. 

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Q5. If you have any additional words on the issue of environmental conservation, could you please tell us? 

A5. I think only if Myanmar sets its priority to preserve and replenish the environment, as I said earlier, we could leave the good fortune and heritage to our next generations.