Elephant poaching on the rise: minister

Nay Rai and Kyaw Myo
A Nay Pyi Taw seminar about the protection of wild elephants. (Photo-EMG)

A total of 133 wild elephants had been lost due to illegal poaching from 2010 to 2016 and most conflicts between man and wild elephants took place in Ayeyarwady, Yangon and Bago regions, says Minister Ohn Win for the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry.

“The regional governments are working with concerned ministries to stop illegal poaching and prevent conflicts,” said the minister.

A seminar was held on Jan 16 in Nay Pyi Taw about protection of wild elephants and the minister delivered an opening speech.

The number of wild elephants poached has dramatically increased from 2010 to 2016, according to official figures.

It’s estimated that there are between 2000 and 3000 wild elephants in Myanmar’s forests.

The number of wild elephants decreased over time due to increasing human population and deforestation.

The first wild elephant protection project is being drafted in cooperation with international organizations in order to stop illegal poaching and illegal trading of elephant parts.

After the project is drafted, a scientific census on the number of elephants will be carried out.

Sanctuaries such as Alongdawkathapa, Shwe Oo Daung, Htamanthi, Rakhine Yoma, Hukaung and Mrauk Zarmani are marked out for protecting wild elephants and Myanmar eco systems.

Translated by Tun Tun Win