Myanmar cooperates with int'l organizations for mitigation of deforestation (3)

14:55, April 09, 2010      

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The one-year FAO-funded technical cooperation project worth of 203,000 U.S. dollars was implemented in 2006 by Myanmar's Forestry Research Department and the FAO, covering the holding of workshops and training programs relating to adoption of forestry policy, organization of research work and administration.

In January last year, an agreement on forestry related action plan had been made between the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and the Myanmar Ministry of Forestry that the ICIMOD will help Myanmar conduct research on forestry and train out experts in the aspects.

The agreement also include providing technology, assistance and advice to conduct research, geographical information by computer, map drawing system, workshop and training for experts from respective departments and students from the University of Forestry and the University of Agriculture.

Meanwhile, Myanmar hosted the 12th forestry-related senior officials' meeting of the Association of the Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) in new capital of Nay Pyi Taw in July last year.

There are 155,340 square kilometers of reserve forests and protected public forests in Myanmar with 52,650 hectares of forest plantations, statistics show.

Myanmar, the major exporter of teak in the world, takes up 75 percent of the world market.

Myanmar is rich in forest resources with forests covering about 50 percent of its total land area.

Source: Xinhua

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