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Government stepping in to assist Myanmar’s ailing teak furniture industry


Myanmar furniture, once well-known for its quality and craftsmanship, is seemingly losing lustre in domestic and international markets. Local demand has declined quite drastically due to soaring prices, while overseas interest has waned due to weakening quality over the past few years. Recognising the struggles of the industry, Yangon Chief …

MTE confirms private sector to be contracted for logging

MTE, Myanmar, harvesting

The private sector will be contracted to undertake log harvesting and transport this year, according to the Deputy General Manager of the Extraction Department in the Myanmar Timber Enterprise (MTE) MTE may rent out heavy machinery and elephants to contractors. Previously harvesting was suspended for a year, but will resume in fiscal year 2017-18 …

Strengthening sustainable forest management in Myanmar

PEFC, forest certification, Myanmar

“Forest certification has the potential to greatly support Myanmar's forest sector and contribute to the ongoing reform process,” said Dr Nyi Nyi Kyaw, Director General of the Forest Department, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation of Government of Myanmar at the launch of a new initiative to promote sustainable …

Sweden prosecutes Burmese teak trader: EIA

EIA, Myanmar, Burmese teak

Swedish enforcement officials have successfully prosecuted a trader of Myanmar teak, Almtra Nordic, under the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) which bans placing illegal or high risk wood on the EU market. The case sets a clear legal precedent just weeks after the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) formally reported nine teak …

Myanmar's timber exports to China plummet

Myanmar, timber, China, hardwood

In the first half of 2016, China’s log imports from Myanmar were 9,700 cubic metre valued at US$13.96 million, plummeting 97% in volume and 87% in value. Myanmar ranked 42nd among the various sources for China’s hardwood log imports. China’s sawnwood imports from Myanmar were 6600 cubic metre valued at US$3.09 million, …

Myanmar's deliberation over harvesting ban

harvest ban, Myanmar

Former Director Genaral of the Forestry Department, Dr. Kyaw Tint, explained his latest research on how the Myanmar Selection System (MSS) could be modified in light of the decision to restrict harvesting during a workshop. Dr Kyaw’s conclusion was that a total harvesting ban could create as many problems for the forestry sector as it is …

Myanmar enforces logging ban until March 2017

Myanmar, logging ban, 2017

The new Government of Myanmar has agreed a temporary national logging ban and a 10-year logging ban in the Pegu Yoma region. The national logging ban will run until the end of March 2017, in effect closing the forests for one complete logging season. All exports of round logs from the country have been banned since April 2014. For the duration …