Nay Pyi Taw talks focus on sustainable forest management
The Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry and the European Union have discussed how Myanmar can encourage sustainable forest management and eliminate the illegal timber trade.
The talks in Nay Pyi Taw on October 20 examined how Myanmar could comply with an Action Plan for Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) adopted by the European Union in 2003, said an EU news release issued on November 4.
The action plan outlines meas- ures for the EU and wood-exporting countries to fight illegal logging and promote trade in legally harvested timber and timber products.
A key element of the plan is voluntary partnership agreements with timber-producing countries that wish to eliminate illegal timber from their trade with the EU, the news release said.
The agreements allow for the licensing of legally harvested timber and the negotiation process provides opportunities for stakeholders in the timber-producing country to be involved in developing national legal standards and reaching a consensus on forest rights.
The objectives of the program are to preserve forests, use sustainable forestry practices and ensure that the wood and wood products imported by the EU are not the result of illegal logging.
The Nay Pyi Taw meeting follows Myanmar’s request last year to begin the FLEGT partnership preparation phase, on which negotiations have begun and a workshop is planned for December. [Mizzima]