Nay Pyi Taw talks fo­cus on sus­tain­able for­est man­age­ment

Mizzima Business Weekly - - BUSINESS // NEWS -

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]

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