Myanmar cooperates with int'l organizations for mitigation of deforestation (2)

14:55, April 09, 2010      

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The Myanmar Forestry Department and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) held a workshop in Nay Pyi Taw Thursday on reducing emission from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD), the official newspaper New Light of Myanmar reported Friday.

Papers on forest resources, forest management system and enabling conditions for REDD in Myanmar, role of forestry sector in climate mitigation through REDD and procedure and potential implication on how to link with UN-REDD program were discussed by officials from both sides respectively.

Myanmar has been cooperating with local private companies and international non-governmental organizations in implementing reforestation projects across the country as its major attempt to prevent forest depletion.

According to the National Commission for Environmental Affairs (NCEA), the rate of forest depletion in Myanmar in 2000-05 amounted to 466,000 hectares, standing as the fourth most forest depleting country in the world after Brazil, Indonesia and Sudan.

In an attempt to prevent forest from depletion and preserve natural environment, the Myanmar government has granted private companies for cultivation of teak and allotted land for them for the purpose starting from 2005.

Also, the Myanmar authorities have been drawing 30-year plan which involved the participation of private companies.

Under the plan, a private company of Kaungmyat is projected to grow 200,000 teak and 405 hectares of wood including teak and hardwood in the first five years.

Another private Htoo Foundation has also started an initial three-year project (2008-2010) of planting 8,100 hectares of teak in Myitkyina and Bhamo, northernmost Kachin state of the country and more companies such as ATSO Green, Yeedagon, NRTC and Honda will grow 48,600 hectares and 7,493 hectares in Bago division and Kachin state respectively.

Besides, foreign agencies are also helping Myanmar green the country's dry zone in the central part.

The Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) introduced a project worth of 1.5 million U.S. dollars to improve rehabilitation capacity of the deforested Nyaung U region.

Another Japanese Kokusai Kogyo Corporation has also offered to provide consultant services for an afforestation project in the same dry zone under a grant aid assistance worth 61 million yens ( nearly 500,000 U.S. dollars).

Moreover, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has been providing assistance for Myanmar's forestry research work since 1987 in a bid to raise the capacity of Myanmar forestry experts.

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