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When Burma opens up, an untouched "lost world" of 800 islands in the Mergui Islands is in danger.
Burma, MERGUI Archhipago - Where the Indian Ocean is rolling to the southwest coastline of Burma, there is a peak of 800 islands lined with gleaming sand without footsteps. You will seldom see the humans who are living here: the Moken, timid, tranquil nomadic seas. While the Mergui Islands have been described as the "Lost World", it has been found by those outside the Mergui Islands - first fishing, poaching and logging, now development and high-end tourism.
Those who lose this planet are the Mokens who have been living on earth and the ocean for hundreds of years. They are said to be home to some of the world's most important maritime diversity and are a landmark for those who want to see one of the last tourist borders of Asia before, as many are afraid, they succumb to the devastation that has afflicted many once untouched maritime landscapes.
The number of long abused mokens is dwindling as the worid approaches, and they are loosing the professions they have received over time. Although they are known as "sea gypsies", very few still lead their lives as nomads, and only a few older men can shape the "kabang", house boats on which the Moken once lived most of their lives.
They are inundated with garbage and empty schnapps bottle, a sign of alcoholics that have used up many Moken-lifes. Former Burmese army leaders kept the islands inaccessible to international guests until 1996. About 2,000 travellers came last year - that's about 2.5 per isle.
There is only one single resort, the Myanmar Andaman Resort, hidden in a U-shaped cove on McLeod Isle. However, there is a competition between Burma and overseas development agencies for the best islands, with a concession of a few hundred and others underway. Reforms and islands here vary from cliffy foothills to vast expanses of high hill country, dotted with caverns and lush greenery.
There is a long dock and two helidecks and nine chalets under building on the beautiful but unwelcome Chin Kite Kyunn - Mosquito Bite Isle. It' rented by Tay Za, considered Burma's wealthiest typhoon and intimately linked to his powerful allies. At the moment, three guards and 11 rotten hounds are the only residents of the isle.
Zochwell Group, a Singapore based developer, is promoting the emerging Zochwell Islands as "The Next Phuket". Almost everyone on board of a yacht or diving boat always falls under the charm of Mergui. Burma's Secretary of State for Hotel and Tourist Affairs, Htay Aung, said the islands are being encouraged, but that environmental protection and "minimizing improper practices" are top-priority.
They wandered the islands for hundreds of years, praying to ghosts and chanting long epic poems of a mythic past. It is estimated that about 2,000 mokens live in the islands, which have been significantly curtailed by immigration, marriage to the people of Burma and the death of men through unbridled abuses of drugs and alcoholic beverages. "Twenty, thirty years from now, the Myanmar people will rule the Moken world.
There must be little left," said Khin Maung Htwe, a Myanmar citizen coupled with a Moken, in the town of Ma Kyone Galet. Situated in the Lampi National Park on the islands, the settlement will host 480 people from Burma and other ethnical groups, 280 Moken and 146 from Moken-Burmese marriage, from 2012.
Diving under the surfaces of near shores exposes a wide variety of corals and very few species of them. Reporter found an illicit lumber yard near a foreign post on the army-controlled island of Jar Lann. Crawlers have exhausted the Moken' s flat waters, which cannot rival better-equipped Myanmar scuba diver looking for gherkins and an oyster.
Instead, they are catching small squids, often caught by inexpensive lures, while Thai and Myanmar fishers use strong fuel lights to lure large squids. Their actions will strongly hinge on Burma's mighty leaders and leaders and their businessmates. Widespread bribery raises doubts about the sustainable management of the islands.
The islands of Mergui on the southern coast of Thailand, the islands of Fuket and other islands, were once similar to the Lost World. Backpacker are even taken to the remotest islands. The Moken, who also live in this area, are clinging to the edge of the community, no longer bound to the seash. Burma's response, also known as Myanmar, may be eco-tourism, but even that is a problem, at least for the Moken.
Working with Ivanoff, an anthropologist, Khin Maung Htwe said it was hard to reorient the largely uneducated Moken from a deep-rooted lifestyle and profession to a naturalist guide or resort personnel. There are 115 Moken homes on the 115 islands where several recent Moken homes were hunting for octopus and everything else they could gather before they returned to their villages on another of them.