Myanmar’s minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation pushes for review of forest policy

A complete review of Myanmar’s forest policy was wanted by U Ohn Win, minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation.

In a recent interview, he condemned the greed of timber traders for the failings of the forest policy and said a review of Myanmar’s forest policy was necessary to update the Forest Law of 1992 and the 1992 Forest Policy.

These two pieces of legislation envisaged extensive forest conservation and the development of downstream wood industries but this was not achieved as Myanmar has a high rate of deforestation and the wood processing sector lags far those of Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam despite Myanmar having highly valuable timber resources.

Source: ITTO