History of the park

A 2200 Ha area was destroyed due to charcoal burning and prawn farming. In this region of Myanmar, only 16% of the original mangrove forest is left. 

The project has a survival rate of 86% of planted trees, one of the highest in the World. Restoration is successfully implemented in close cooperation with local communities and Pathein University in support of UN Paris Climate Agreement and UN Sustainable development Goals.

Today over 60% of the park area is brought back to its original health with 5 million trees planted, with the balance of 9 million to be completed in 2020. The project is registered as VCS with CO₂ mitigation of 3,6 million tons during 20 years (2015-2034).
The trees will protect lives and properties from cyclones and other extreme weather, in addition to creation of new livelihoods and comprehensive sustainable development.
The project started in 2015 with planting of 200,000 new trees.
Myeik University has requested support for restoration of a destroyed mangrove forest close to the university.. God news is that the initial project has created interest by coastal communities for expansion of Thor Heyerdahl Climate Park in several new villages.