Myanmar accelerates bilateral mechanism with China for reducing damage by forest fire in border areas

The second coordination meeting of Myanmar-China Central Level Work Committee for joint-protection of forest fire was organized in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.


First, Union Minister for Natural Resources and En­vironmental Conservation U Khin Maung Yi, in his capacity as Chairman of the working committee, said Myanmar is striving for reducing fire hot­spot and haze pollution after being a member on the ASEAN Agreement on Transbounda­ry Haze Pollution (AATHP) in 2003. The five facts agreed with China at the first meeting are being implemented by cooper­ating with relevant region/state departments. The matters re­lated to prevention of forest fire along Myanmar-China border area, formation of joint task force for extinguishing forest fire and recuse works and pro­cedures to prevent forest fire should be discussed, he added.


Then, Vice-Chairman (1) of the working committee Un­ion Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation U Min Naung discussed the damages of crops and soil in wildfire, educating programmes to eradicate the slash and burn method and also for farmers residing along Myanmar-China border, technical and machin­ery assistance to recycle the agricultural waste and plans to promote agriculture and live­stock breeding.


Moreover, Vice-Chairman (2) Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettle­ment Dr Soe Win emphasized to draft plans for preventive measures and reducing damag­es due to forest fire, providing assistance to disaster victims including outbreak of fire and cooperation work with relevant departments and organizations to conduct public awareness programmes, preparations and rehabilitation.


The meeting adopted deci­sions regarding the formation of the joint work committee and designate the contact person for effectively imple­mentation of extinguishing forest fire and rescue works along Myanmar-China bor­der, collaboration for capacity building in fire prevention and technical training, increasing surveying and controlling the transboundary haze pollution and the points to be added to the responsibilities of the work committee. — MNA/KTZH