NAY PYI TAW, Myanmar — Myanmar’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation on Thursday burnt confiscated elephant ivory and wildlife parts in capital city Nay Pyi Taw to combat illegal wildlife trade, according to Xinhua news agency.
The authorities ceremonially destroyed US$1.3 million worth of seized wildlife parts, including 277 ivory, 227 elephant and other wildlife bones, 45 pieces of different wildlife skins, 1,544 different horns, 45.5kg of pangolin scales and 128 varieties of other wildlife parts.
“It is crucial to sustainably conserve our country’s natural resources including land, water, forest, mountain and wildlife for the sake of our future generation. We designate and establish protected areas for biodiversity conservation,” the minister, U Ohn Win said at the ceremony.
Meanwhile, 42 protected areas which account for 5.79 per cent of total country area have been designated so far in Myanmar.
The minister said, in accordance with Section 19 of the Conservation of Biodiversity and Protected Areas law established in May this year, wildlife protection comprised three levels — totally protected, normally protected and seasonally protected species.
Species including elephant, tiger, leopard, gaur, bear, golden deer, pangolin are included in the list of totally protected species.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK