Mon State to Sign Agreement With EU on Forest Products Trading

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The Mon state gov­ernment has said it will sign a memo­randum of understanding with the European Union on the legal trading of forest products, the My­anmar News Agency re­ported.

The southern state gov­ernment will comply with Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT), under which Myanmar and EU mem­bers are to be engaged only in legal trading of forest products, chief minister of Mon state U Min Min Oo was quoted as saying.

U Min Min Oo urged re­spective government de­partments, private busi­nessmen and civil society organizations to cooper­ate on the move.

Meanwhile, the British government pledged over £4 million to implement the FLEGT in Myanmar.

The project is aimed at reducing the negative im­pact from illegal logging and timber production inEuropean countries, said the Forestry Department, adding that the project encourages not only legal timber production and trading, but also develop­ment of forestry govern­ance.

Noting that deforesta­tion occurs in Myanmar due to weak forestry gov­ernance, the facilitator of FLEGT called for Myan­mar’s participation in the agreement to eliminate il­legal timber trade.

According to statistics, Myanmar’s forest cover­age shrank to 47 percent in 2010 from 61 percent in 1975. Myanmar’s deforestation rate between 1990 and 2010 was 0.95 percent.

 

Source: Myanmar Business Today
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