Illegal timber trade from Myanmar grows

THE London-based Environmental Investigation Agency says it is calling on both governments to stop the trade worth hundreds of millions of dollars a year that is reducing Myanmar’s forests and supplies China’s wood-processing industry, which makes furniture for domestic and international markets. The non-governmental organisation said Chinese businesses acquire the rights to illegally log mountains, […]

Row over Chinese loggers reflects poor understanding of Myanmar

The Chinese media’s misinterpretation of Chinese citizens being sentenced to 10 years or more for illegal logging in Myanmar reflects poor understanding of the Southeast Asian nation’s policies, according to Guangzhou’s South Reviews. Myanmar president Thein Sein pardoned 6,966 prisoners on July 30, including 155 Chinese nationals who were sentenced on July 22 to between […]

Over 100 foreigners arrested for illegal logging in Myanmar

More than 100 foreigners, most of them Chinese, were arrested in northern Myanmar in a crackdown on illegal logging. The wire news agency quoted the army-run Myawaddy newspaper as reporting that a total of 142 people, including 102 foreigners, were arrested during a military operation against logging in restive Kachin state between January 2-4. Documents […]

Myanmar Rosewood Stolen to Feed China’s Elite Furniture Craze

Myanmar’s precious rosewood tree species are heading for imminent commercial extinction at the hands of China’s multi-billion dollar rosewood furniture boom, an environmental conservation group said. The illegal trade in rosewood species is driven by the expanding wealthy elites in China and their desire for the high-end Ming and Qing dynasty reproduction furniture collectively known […]

FFI Project to Maximise Timber Benefits for Myanmar Communities

UK-based Fauna & Flora International (FFI) has launched a project in a bid to enable timber trading communities in Myanmar to reap the economic benefits out of new timber rules, the nature conservation group said. In Myanmar, nearly 120,000 acres of forest are now managed by 745 community groups with 30-year licences under a government […]

Doubts over log export ban

Experts say an export ban on raw timber that came into effect on April 1 could have a limited impact because of a lack of clarity from the government on how the ban would work in practice, as well as the effects of the conflict in Kachin State. This confusion could allow unscrupulous merchants to […]

Wood Factories in Burma to Beat 2014 Log Export Ban

With a ban on log exports set for next year, foreign buyers of Burmese teak and other rare woods are looking to open timber processing facilities inside Burma. A new law coming into force on April 1 will prohibit the export of all raw tree logs, but it will not stop firms from processing timber […]

Myanmar arrests 31 timber smugglers in northernmost state

The Myanmar local military authorities have arrested 31 timber smugglers along with some small firearms and ammunition in a special operation against illegal logging and timber smuggling in Mansi, northernmost Kachin state, state media reported Friday. The so-called combing operation started from the end of September and lasted 20 days. During the period, the local […]

Myanmar to produce 186,650 tons of teak in this year

Myanmar is planning to produce 186,650 tons of teak during this fiscal year, said Win Tun, Minister for Environmental Conservation and Forestry, at the Parliament session on July 29. The amount is about 80,000 tons less than last year production, he said. The ministry’s policy is to permit teaks and other trees with similar growth […]