Myanmar’s milling industry devastated by new logging policies

According to domestic media reports in Myanmar, about 80 percent of Burmese logging mills have shut down amid stricter logging policies. Myanmar recently ended a one-year ban on domestic logging for export on anything other than certified and stockpiled wood. The government logging oversight entity, Myanmar Timber Enterprise (MTE), claims a drastic reduction in the […]

Rampant timber smuggling in Myanmar as forest service restructures

As Myanmar works to restructure to private sector management of the country’s forestry and timber resources, reports of illegal logging are surging. Until now, a government entity called the Myanma Timber Enterprise (MTE) has been managing forestry resources and overseeing the export of timber products. Myanmar instituted a domestic logging ban from 2016-2017 that forbade […]