Posted on 20 October 2016
A photographic exhibition showcasing the nature of Myanmar's Tanintharyi region took place at Dawei Town Hall on 9 & 10 September.
A photographic exhibition showcasing the nature of Myanmar's Tanintharyi region took place at Dawei Town Hall on 9 & 10 September. The exhibition, entitled "Human. Nature," marked the results of a project to assess the economic and social value of Myanmar's "natural capital"– the first assessment of its kind ever to be completed in the country.
Hosted by WWF, civil society umbrella organisation Dawei Development Association (DDA), in collaboration with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, the exhibition included photographs by award-winning photographer Minzayar, unique aerial photographs of the region by Adam Oswell and stunning photographs contributed DDA and CSO TripNet.
Over the two days, the exhibition was visited by government officials including Tainintharyi's Chief Minister H. E. Daw Lei Lei Maw, members of the public, people from Ban Chaung area where the photos were taken, members of the media and local schools.
"It's time to change our habits which adversely affect nature," said Chief Minister H. E. Daw Lei Lei Maw. "We cannot sacrifice nature, which provides enormous benefits to our people in numerous ways, for short-term development goals.”
Boards were put up for visitors to write why nature is important and how we can protect it. Many visitors took this opportunity to express their care for and commitment to nature.
"Nature can live without us but we cannot without nature. We need to educate people to realise the importance of the natural environment and how we are benefiting from it."