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Zaw Zaw Country : MyanmarMaster of Science at Park Chung Hee School of Policy and Saemaul/Yeungnam University in Korea"I was deeply grateful to all of my Professors from PSPS, who not only supervised the study but also gave excellent support to me so that the study has reached a successful completion. They guided me continuously to learn both academicall and sppiritually. The students from PSPS were studying hard and they helped each other. They had three basic Saemaul spirits; namely Diligence, Self-help and Cooperation and their kind assistance was unforgettable for me. I am very proud of being a graduate from PSPS and now I am applying my skill and knowledge acquired in PSPS for developing livelihoods of rural communities, capacity building and improving forest resources in Myanmar especially in the context of sustainable forest management. PSPS is a place where students from different countries can do learning Korean language and Korean culture, improving academic capabilities, sharing experiences and knowledge and learning Saemaul UNDONG to help develop the livelihoods of rural communities in their own countries."

Why did you decide to study Saemaul UNDONG in the PSPS?

The Republic of Korea and Korean culture were very familiar with me through media of my country. But, the word "Saemaul UNDONG" was very new for me since I found the announcement of Park Chung Hee School of Policy and Saemaul (PSPS) scholarsips program for Master course. I did not know exactly what the meaning of "Saemaul" was. When I searched for the word "Saemaul" on the internet, I was really interested about "Saemaul UNDONG" in Korea. I knew that "Saemaul UNDONG" was the New Village/ Community Movement and it was a rural development policy program initiated by President Park Chung Hee in 1970 to develop agricultural economy and to modernize rural society and that movement had a significant effect on South Korea's achievement of rapid economic development and it can also be transferred and applied to many other types of rural community, including heterogeneous, pluralistic and multi-cultural communities.I wanted to help to develop livelihoods of rural communities of my country, Myanmar, one of the developing countries,by applying experiences gained from learning Saemaul UNDONG in Korea. That is why I decided to study Saemaul UNDONG in the PSPS when I was selected to study the Master course in PSPS, Yeungnam University.

What is your most impressive experience in the PSPS?

As for me, the most impressive experiences in PSPS were gained from the field study.During the field trip, the students from PSPS had a chance to visit many places such as Korea ForestResearch Institute (KFRI), Gyeongbokgung Palace, National Arboretum, Yongmoon Sapling Education Center and Korea Forest Seed and Variety Center, Hyundi, Samsung Electronics, Ship building, Sejong City, MOORIM pulp and paper company, Saemaul Undong birthplace, Gayasan National Park, etc.I had to learn the culture, tradition, history, economic development, forestry practices and ecological management in Korea through the field trip and I was very impressed on them.

Please tell us what your job in your country is.

I am working for Capacity Building for Developing REDD+ Activities in the Context of Sustainable Forest Management as a Range Officer at REDD+ Project Office Under Planning and Statistics Division, Head Quarter, Forest Department, Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.

With your Saemaul UNDONG knowledge, what do you want to do for your country?

The main programs of the movement were; Improvement of the rural living environment, Improvement of rural-agricultural infrastructure, Forestation and environmental Conservation and Increase in agricultural incomes and reductions in rural poverty. Sometimes, I was responsible for extension to local people and rural communities. Whenever I had public talk to all stakeholders, I showed the video clip of the title "THE GREEN WILL". That took about 20 minutes and hilighted an erosion control project in Korea, one of the Saemaul UNDONG movement in forestry sector which mainly provided changing the degraded Korea after Korean war into the greening Korea. As a Range Officer of Forest Department, Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry, I really want to implement some reforestation projects on degraded areas through participation of local people. I would like to improve the livelihoods of rural communities in Myanmar by establishing fuel-wood plantations, hard-wood plantations and community forests which can provide the basic needs for rural people. According to Saemaul UNDONG knowledge, I would like to contribute towards environmental conservation through participatory approach of rural people in forestry sector.

Your biography

  • PERSONAL DETAILS:
    • Name: Zaw Zaw
    • Nationality: Myanmar
  • EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS:
    • First Degree: 2003-2008 Bachelor Degree of Science in Forestry, UNIVERSITY OF FORESTRY, YEZIN, NAYPYITAW, MYANMAR
    • Second Degree: Master of Science in Forest Resources and Ecological Restoration, PARK CHUNG HEE SCHOOL OF POLICY AND SAEMAUL, YEUNGNAM UNIVERSITY, KOREA
  • WORK EXPERIENCE:
    • July, 2009- October, 2009 - Range Officer, Bago Yoma Greening Project, Sin Paung We Township, Watershed Management and Conservation Division, Forest Department, Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry(Undertaking the forest works such as the nursery, plantation establishment, inspection of plantation, Teak selection marking, boundary demarcation, other admisistrative works, etc.)
    • o November, 2009 - February, 2010 - Range Officer, Bago Yoma Greening Project, Paukkhaung Township, Watershed Management and Conservation Division, Forest Department, Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry(Undertaking the forest works such as the nursery, plantation establishment, inspection of plantation, Teak selection marking, boundary demarcation, other admisistrative works, etc.)
    • March, 2010 - June, 2012 - Range Officer, Taikkyi Township, Forest Department, Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry(Undertaking as a Technical Assistant of forestry operations in reserved forests, Establishment of 2011-12 Commercial Teak Plantation (500) acres in Okkan Reserved Forest, Undertaking administrative works, Maintenance and Inspection of old plantations, Land use of reserved forests, Management of private plantations, Protection of illegal logging, Extension to public, Establishment of community forestry, etc.)
    • July, 2012 - October, 2013 - Graduate Student, PSPS, Yeungnam University
    • November, 2013 - up to now - Range Officer, REDD+ Section, Planning and Statistics Division, Head Quarter, Forest Department, Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry, Naypyitaw(Conducting forest inventory, Survey for socio-economic, Extension to public, REDD+ project works (jointly implemented by FD & KFS), REDD+ project works (jointly implemented by FD & ITTO)
  • INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCES:
    • July, 2012 - October, 2013 - Studying the Master course in Korea.
    • 31st March, 2014 - 1st April, 2014 - Attending the forum on Youth Political Participation and UNDP Youth Strategy, Tunis, Tunisia.