Why Myanmar? Good question.
Many people may wonder, why Myanmar?
We can answer the question simply…. Myanmar is more costs effective countries in South East Asia for reforestation. The country is located between 32 degrees N and 38 degrees S which is where mangroves forests naturally occur, offering a a high survival rate.
In more developed countries, the cost of planting a tree can be up to $300 USD per tree, this includes the advertising for sponsorship, tree planting and the ongoing reporting and maintenance of the sapling to ensure it reaches maturity.
This all is very good, however in Myanmar the cost to plant a 10 mangrove trees in Myanmar is $10 SGD. Each of these 10 mangrove trees can sequester 10 times more carbon than terrestrial trees, thanks to their intricate subterranean root systems.
So the amount of carbon captured per dollar invested is significantly more.
Myanmar is also suitable from an economic perspective, it is easy to sufficiently switch the income of a local mangrove forester to the wages mangrove reforestation, which ensure they have the same income to take care of their family and deter them from unsustainable practices.
The reforestation projects also enable these communities to continue to use the land for other sustainable forms of income, such as bee keeping, fishing and sustainable agriculture on neighbouring land.
Projects like these raise funds for infrastructure such as upgraded roads to connecting towns. This has a positive flow on affect for the local economy. To give an example, a farmer can transport his harvest to market in less time, thanks to the road upgrade, and therefore can increase his competitiveness. The road wouldn’t have been upgraded without the project.
Although it would be amazing for all countries to engage in mass reforestation efforts like Myanmar, the fact is these funds are limited. GMT endeavours raise more funds to plant as many trees as possible in the areas which will benefit the communities offer a high success rate for its stakeholders to achieve their UNSDG goals.