THOR HEYERDAHL CLIMATE PARK, MYANMAR
IN HONOUR OF THOR HEYERDAHL, THE NORWEGIAN ADVENTURER AND ETHNOGRAPHER, WE HAVE CREATED THE FIRST CLIMATE PARK TO RESTORE AND PROTECT THE MANGROVE FORESTS IN MYANMAR
The Thor Heyerdahl Climate Park our first pilot project, is situated at Pathein University’s Research Centre in Ma Gyi in the Ayeyarawaddy Delta, at the edge of the Bay of Bengal. The park consists of a mangrove gene bank and a 1,800 acre large mangrove restoration park to mitigate 2 million tons of CO2 and serve as a protective shield for vulnerable coastal communities to save lives and property against extreme weather, in addition to creating sustainable development with alternative livelihoods and poverty reduction.
The park was initiated following research on mangrove restoration by Worldview International Foundation in 2012, in cooperation with Pathein University and Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry. The project is a model for mangrove restoration in Myanmar overcoming losses of 1 million Hectares since 1980. A comprehensive development model is being implemented based on biodiversity, combining large scale mangrove planting with wildlife protection, with dugongs and elephants being amongst the most endangered animals.
Our initial aim is to plant 100 million mangrove trees with more to be planted in larger parks. There is a potential to plant over 1 billion mangrove trees on available land in Myanmar. This will have a tangible impact on global and local development challenges.
When other countries follows, this pioneering venture can with your help become a milestone in human history.