Govt reviews forest management as Dutch police seize Myanmar teak

The government is set to review the country’s forest management strategy as it faces an uphill struggle against deforestation and illegal logging, a senior forestry official said. U Than Soe, director of the Department of Forestry, said the review of the 2016plan will look into compliance, changes in the forest sector and the reforms that […]

Nyaungshwe MPs reject proposal to construct hotel on floating island

TAUNGGYI- Four MPs including Inn Ethnic Affairs Minister Dr Tun Hlaing rejected a proposal to build hotel on the 90 acres wide of natural floating island belonging to the Department of Forestry in Mongthauk region, Nyaungshwe Township, Southern Shan State. The proposal was submitted by Myanmar Naing Groups. “We, all MPs from Nyaungshwe Township, denied […]

Govt allows exports of raw timber produced in private plantations

Raw timber produced from private forest plantations can now be exported, U Zaw Min, deputy director general of the Department of Forestry, said last week. The development comes after the Ministry of Resource and Environmental Conservation in April 2014 suspended the export of raw timber produced from natural forests. There are a total 1.4 million […]

Myanmar to Target Illegal Charcoal Trade with China

Myanmar has pledged to stem the massive tide of charcoal being illegally harvested, produced and exported from their forests to Chinese factories. Last week a senior official from the country’s Department of Forestry told the Myanmar Times that the charcoal trade has “exacerbated” deforestation. Certain forestry products like charcoal are not allowed to be exported from Myanmar. […]

MIC Approves Foreign Forestry Joint Venture

The Myanmar In­vestment Commission (MIC) has green lit their second ever foreign investment in the forestry sector, according to a Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) on August 30. The Investment was awarded to Global Agriculture Joint Venture Co., Ltd, a joint venture between UK company Kruilight Co., Ltm. and the Department of Forestry. […]

Thailand Bid to List Kaeng Krachan Back to Square One

Thailand will re-submit a request to register the Kaeng Krachan National Park as a world heritage site after a Unesco committee asked it to seek the views of ethnic Karen residents in the area first. Since 2011, Thailand has been trying to get Unesco to designate the Kaeng Krachan Natural Park in Phetchaburi province as […]

Logging suspended along Bago Yoma for 10 years

Logging in Myanmar has ceased for this financial year with logging along the Bago Yoma mountain range ceasing for the next ten years, according to the Department of Forestry that operates under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation. The Department of Forestry has stated that as of 2015 the mountain range is 26 […]

Department of Forestry invites Open Tender to produce for Bio-nest swiftlet bird’s nest from Islands in Tanintharyi Region; Closing Date: Feb 9, 2016

Subscribe to our tender alert mailing list Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry Department of Forestry, Tanintharyi Region Invitation for Open Tender 1. Open tender are invited to bidders to produce for Bio-nest swiftlet bird’s nest from the following islands of Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry, Department of Forestry, Tanintharyi Region by bidding system. […]

Mogok residents hope to reclaim ruby trade

Mogok residents want one thing from the incoming government: the right to take back their rubies. Gem traders living and working in the Mandalay Region township, famed for the quality of its rubies, say most local mines are run by outsiders. Now they want the incoming National League for Democracy government to grant more operating […]