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OT-OT, One Tourist One Tree – Ngapali Beach

World Chefs Without Borders – Arakan – Myanmar 

COVID19 gave & gives much time for more OTOT,- Thant Myanmar joins

2000 new trees are at stand by the first 100 are planted past days, with Thant Myanmar in Ngapali Beach…

There are also Tree to take and plant from Laguna Lodge ECO Hotel Ngapali in Myabin as well at the a projects site in Gaw – North of Ngapali. Contact Ma Pan su Aung 043 42 312, 01 501123 – angelatmyanmar@gmail.com & esserrene@aol.com …

,…. 2004 at Old Bagan` s River Front I met with U Win Maung on a very special and that time for Myanmar new project in Tourism. ” OTOT” U Win Maung a Myanmar Dr most of his live lived in England explained me his vision of One Tourist pays for One Tree – “OTOT”. We arranged direct with the Forestry department many different trees and dug holes in the public area of Ancient Old Bagan. Tourists at the Hotel & Restaurant were charged 1 EURO more on the invoice with the info; ” OTOT – One Tourist One Tree,… if you do not like it or did much already we are more than happy to pay back the 1 Euro… “. From the first guests until today 17 years later never ever one took the 1 Euro back,- most people wanted and paid for 5 – 10 and more trees to be planted in their name and water cared over the year. As the Los Angeles – USA volunteer Adult Language professor for Spanish, German and English Victor Buga and Lovely Georgette planted direct trees for all their family members at home in the US. Aureum Palace Bagan Chef Erik Kolojeskie who arrived to Bagan in 2006 just visited his tall Teak Tree he planted in 2006 with us as OTOT. Over the years the OTOT project continued and moved to Pyin Oo Lwin as well Ngapali Beach with many trees planted in public areas, farms, forests. Not to forget Dr med. Werner & Mallu Heller of German – “Action Myanmar” with many trees planted from 2006 onwards.

A next highlight was the 140.000 Mangrove Trees through our Tourists ,- Nargis Aid friends Juergen & Regina Neuendorf through his German Company FUNK Insurances celebrating 140 years and 1000 Mangrove trees to plant for each year – 140.000 Mangroves were planted in 2019 with Juergen & Reginas 2020 visit to us in Ngapali with the great news that another 58.000 Mangroves will be planted this in Myanmar. At our Mangrove educational days and study with U Win Maung ( the global Mangrove expert ) and Prof Htay Aung of Pathein University we were able to collect and arrange over 2200 new Mangrove seedlings in March & April 2020. They will be planted in the next days and weeks at Ngapali Beach – Arakan to Myabin, Linthar & Gaw rivers.

1. Tourism Forest Myanmar Centers are established, in Ngapali Beach – Linthar, Myabin and Gaw with 4 planting sites. As well in Bagan, Pyin Oo Lwin and Nay Pyi Taw.     

COVID19 gave & gives much time for more OTOT,- Thant Myanmar joins

,… during a Thant Myanmar small team`s waste assessment drive through Southern Rakhine with a short stop at Ngapali Beach Friedor, Ma May and two more members took the chance to plant 42 Trees at the project in Linthar – Ngapali Beach of ” 1. Tourism Forest Myanmar 2004 – 2020 “. with funding another 200 trees to be planted by Laguna Lodge ECO Hotel staff team next weeks. Take chance of the great Monsoon which grants the plants all to grow best.

Teak trees, Ironwood – Pinkatone, Mahogany, Cashew Nuts, Thit Phadauk, Taungbein- Wild Jackfruit Trees we have at ” Solar Community Clinic ” project side at Linthar village meain road next to Aung Thukar Monastery. 1 Euro for one Tree and the hole is ready done for plantation by our Team.

Community multi benefit & involvement at 1. Tourism Forest Myanmar 2004 – 2020

,… benefits for the Ngapali Beach Community are not only the Tourist Forest, CO2 reduction, greening of wide areas,- shade, fresh air as well protection from erosion and a raise of ground water levels. There is also a very special benefit to the local Ngapali Beach community at our 1. ” Tourism Forest Myanmar 2020 ” project as anyone which brings tourists, domestic, expats or international to the project sites will get 500 Kyat as support to the project,- 1000 Kyat are for the trees and logistics. With a donor easy to donate 10 and more trees at a time – a villager can make easy 5000 Kyat on such donor alone. Take a picture,- send to us by e mail and for every 10 trees a donor gets a personal certificate from ” 1. Tourism Forest Myanmar 2004 – 2020 ” with support by MCA, World Chefs Without Borders arranged all by Laguna Lodge ECO Hotel, Myabin Ngapali Beach – Sweet Arakan within Myanmar.

2000 new trees are at stand by the first 100 are planted past days,…

There are also Tree to take and plant at Laguna Lodge ECO Hotel Ngapali in Myabin as well at the a projects site in Gaw – North of Ngapali. Contact Ma Pan su Aung 043 42 312, 01 501123 – angelatmyanmar@gmail.com & esserrene@aol.com …                     

        With many thanks to Dr Win Maung 2004 – 17 years ago we started together and the OTOT is still running strong  – even stronger and at different regions, — yours

Oliver E Soe Thet

Environmentalist & Chef,- MCA / Global Board member of World Chefs Without Borders,

Ngapali Beach – Sweet Arakan within Myanmar 12.7.2020   

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