A work plan to conserve Myanmar’s elephants will be
implemented to ensure the sustainable existence of their species and habitats
according to Wildlife Conservation Society (Myanmar).
The work plan named Myanmar Elephant Conservation
Action Plan (MECAP) has come about as a result of
workshops made by officials from departments concerned including the Forestry
Department, local and foreign experts and NGOs, and is to be carried out over
the next 10 years.
MECAP isa long-term action plan to carry out four main tasks:
preserving wild elephants and protecting their habitats; finding solutions to
issues between man and elephants; fighting against illegal trade of elephant and
elephant parts; and managing pet elephants in order to have an increase in the number
of wild elephants and to keep sustainable existence of elephant inhabitance.
Daw May Moe Aung of WWF gave her comment about wild
elephants saying that currently, wild elephantsin Myanmar are being killed at
the rate of one a week for trade of their skin and other parts and if necessary
prevention measures cannot betaken against that situation, Myanmar will lose
allwild elephants within a few years.
According to the officially estimated number of wild
elephants, Myanmar hasbetween 1400 and 2000 wild elephants.