Myanmar bans lucrative logging in bid to preserve forests

Myanmar has banned lucrative logging operations as the newly-elected government of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi steps up a battle on deforestation, an environment official said on Thursday. Myanmar’s rich forests are among its most valuable natural resources, but they have been plundered by logging that helped fund the former military regime that ran […]

Myanmar’s log export ban to hurt businessmen but help forests

YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar will ban the export of raw timber logs from April 1, choking off profits in a sector that provided critical funding to the country’s former military rulers for decades, as a new reformist government steps up efforts to save forests. Myanmar has some of Asia’s largest remaining expanses of forests, from […]