YANGON, March 18 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar has designated a new protected public forest area in the western region Sagaing's Homalin Township.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation last week designated the area of more than 8,900 hectares as Namhpadin protected public forest.
The move is aimed at conserving watershed areas for farmland, meeting the needs of local people and protecting wildlife, the ministry said.
The Southeast Asian country hopes to establish 30 percent of its total area as forest reserves and 10 percent as protected areas, according to local media reports. ■