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 […]

US opening to Myanmar timber could help save forests

The US Treasury Department earlier this month granted a 1-year waiver on the sanctions on timber trade of American companies with Myanmar. Under the waiver, timber trade is for US companies and other members of the International Wood Products Association (IWPA), according to Myanmar Timber Enterprise (MTE), a state enterprise in charge of timber trade. […]