Friday, September 22, 2017

Japans funds mangroves, scholarships

Japan has pledged more than US$10 million for rehabilitation of mangrove forests in the Ayeyarwady delta and human resources development scholarships, the Japanese embassy in Yangon said in a press release.

The grant contract was signed on April 21 between Japan’s ambassador to Myanmar, Mr Takashi Saito, and in the presence of Japanese Prime Minister Mr Yoshihiko Noda and President U Thein Sein.

Under the agreement, 583 million yen (about $7.2 million) will be provided for a mangrove rehabilitation plan aimed at enhancing disaster prevention in Ayeyarwady Region, while 251 million yen (about $3.1 million) has been allocated for a scholarship program.

The statement said that about 38,000 hectares of mangrove forest along the country’s coastline had been damaged by natural disasters and the restoration of these forests played an important role in disaster risk reduction efforts. The project will see trees planted and cyclone evacuation facilities constructed in Kadonkani forest district.

Meanwhile, the Japanese government will also launch a scholarship program for young administrative officers to obtain masters degrees in Japan.