Myanmar lays the foundations for sustainable forest management

“Third-party forest certificationMyanmar MFCS systems are critical actors to ensure Myanmar timber products are accepted by international markets”, said Mr Khin Mg Yi, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC), at the launch of Myanmar’s third party timber certification system by the Myanmar Forest Certification Committee (MFCC).

“Myanmar had a long established and successful history of forest and timber management and related laws.

In parallel with democratically people-centred political, economic and social reform, Myanmar has been conducting forest sector reforms to conserve forest resources,” Mr Khin Mg Yi stressed.

MFCC’s timber certification system is an important building block as the country continues to develop a national forest certification system in line with PEFC requirements.

This launch marks phase oneMyanmar MFCS 2 of the Myanmar Timber Legality Assurance System (MTLAS), and forms part of a 3-year project by MFCC and PEFC to support the country as it transitions to the sustainable management of its forests.

Richard Laity, PEFC Development Officer, South East Asia, offered some opening remarks, noting the development of the system through a multi-stakeholder approach.

“Forest certification is particularly advantageous in terms of it being market focused and offering an increased opportunity for, and access to, international markets and trade for Myanmar,” Richard highlighted.
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