Myitsone villagers celebrated World Environment Day

San Latt / June 06, 2021

Volunteers planting trees near Myitsone Dam 

Villagers from Myitsone Dam catchment area in Kachin State planted trees yesterday to observe the World Environment Day, intending to show a move to cancel the Myitsone Dam project and preserving the environment.

Over forty volunteers from Tanghpre and Aung Myin Thar village planted trees along the road, Myitsone Dam area and the Myitsone Roman Catholic Church compound, the villagers told The Kachin Post.

The reason we planted the trees is to preserve our pristine environment and would like to stop the Myitsone Dam project permanently, a Myitsone villager Lu Ra told The Kachin Post. “If the Myitsone Dam would complete, the environment around here will be destroyed,” she worried.

The Myitsone Dam at the Irrawaddy confluence is expected flood almost 500 square kilometres, which would submerge the historic and culture heritage sites that are vital for Kachins.

Last week, many residents of Myitsone Dam area staged a protest to scrap the project Myitsone Dam project permanently and urged to leave the Chinese owned State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC) from the Kachin State.