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Long-term action plan to be carried out for preservation of Myanmar wild elephants

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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.

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Theingi Htun is a journalist who worked for two years at Yangon Times Journal and Flower News. She also worked for two years at Democracy Today News as Senior Journalist. She wrote many articles about culture, the travel sector and lifestyle stories too. Now she is working at My Magical Myanmar as a travel writer and social media executive."


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