The Pyithu Hluttaw continued its 4th regular session in Nay Pyi Taw on February 14, 2017, discussing issues related with establishing ecotourism areas and land leased to private cultivators for reforestation.
U Ohn Win, the Union Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, replied to a question raised by Daw Khin San Hlaing of the Pale constituency as to whether there was a plan to designate Alaungtaw Katthapa National Park as an ecotourism zone.
“An ecotourism working committee was formed on the development of ecotourism, designating 15 ecotourism zones including Alaungtaw Katthapa National Park. In implementing the tasks for the development of the tourism industry in the long run, three major sectors — minimizing as much as possible the destruction of natural environment, not harming social and cultural matters and characteristics of the local people due to the tourism industry, and making sustainable development of tourism-related businesses and local people to be taken into consideration. Likewise, other ecotourism zones such as Alaungtaw Katthapa National Park were designated as an ecotourism zone and special plans are being made in consultation with international organizations, for the emergence as the National Park.” Union Minister U Ohn Win also replied to the question raised by U Khin Cho of Hlaingbwe constituency as to whether there was completion of plantation during the designated period according to the acreage granted to be grown or not; plantation of un-granted plants or not; unofficial transfer of plots or not; plans for scrutinizing and amending in accord with fair rates and plans for taking actions over the arrears (if ever) or not.
“In accord with the policy of forestry, the Private Teak Plantation was granted as a public-combined reforestation industry as of 2006 and with Private Hard Wood Plantation in 2007.
Private forest plantation in protected sites in and out of forest reserves are in accord with prescriptions granted respectively.
The Ministry is pledging the Office of the Union Attorney General to give legal suggestions for performing in accord with the law over the arrangement to cancel and withdraw contracts, as some entrepreneurs licensed to plant rubber plantation failed to abide by contract prescriptions.
With a view to reducing national budget spending if there were destruction due to abandoning granted area and to giving special emphasis in establishing Private Teak and Hard Wood plantation, under the decision made at the meeting held on May 3, 2016, it was prescribed that all plantations (teak & hard wood) should be deposited as Ks50,000 per acre in advance as the warranty, to finish all the acreage to completion of the work project, and to withdraw from the respective banks and confiscate the warranty fees as the People’s Finance with the approval of district officer of forestry department.”
Over the motion, Daw Khin Moh Moh Aung of Latha constituency seconded and U Myint Kyi of Katha constituency took part in the discussion, together with U Myint Lwin, of Twantay constituency, U Aung Naing of Mogok constituency, Dr Daw Khin Nyo of Dedaye constituency, U Myat Lay Oo of Htilin constituency and U Myint Oo of Thanatpin constitution.
Over the motion, U Ohn Win, Union Minister submitted to the Hluttaw to put the motion on record, and the Speaker took the approval of the Hluttaw, announcing that it would be recorded.
February 15, 2017