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Working in partnership to bring sustainable management to Myanmar’s forests

Myanmar project peopleAs Myanmar reforms its forest sector, we are supporting the country towards sustainable management of its forest resources in order to advance equitable and sustainable development.

Myanmar is rich in natural assets. The forests boast high biodiversity, are home to many endemic species of plants and animals and are world-renowned especially for teak.

However, forest cover has fallen from 60% to 40% in the last thirty years. A significant loss due in part to the period of military rule when forests were managed for economic return and revenue generation, with little consideration given to long-term sustainability.  

At the same time, Myanmar has a high level of forest dependency amongst its population. An estimated 70% of the population is heavily dependent on forests for their basic needs and many are dependent on the forest sector for employment.

There is now heightened recognition of the importance of the country’s forest resources for sustainable development. But despite the country’s rapid transition, there is still considerable progress to be made in bringing Myanmar’s forests under sustainable management where people, biodiversity and the economy can benefit.

Sustainable Forest Management, PEFC and Myanmar

As Myanmar continues to reform its forest sector, we are partnering with the Myanmar Forest Certification Committee (MFCC) to support the country as it transitions to the sustainable management of its forests.

Myanmar project tree measuringOne of the project’s main focuses is the strengthening of the national forest certification system.

MFCC will lead the process, convening stakeholders to build consensus on sustainable forest management requirements and finalize robust standards that will contribute to sustainable forest management within the country.

The project will also support MFCC to establish a multi-stakeholder platform to facilitate better coordination and exchange amongst forest sector actors. The platform will act as a central hub for partners to share experiences, project findings, tools and best practice. It will also provide a network for stakeholders to access technical support for pilot testing certification solutions around the country.

Finally, to ensure forest certification develops as a practical and accessible tool for safeguarding Myanmar’s forests, forest sector actors and project partners will receive technical support through direct involvement in forest certification pilot projects.

Pilot projects will support the roll out, testing and improvement of supply chain verification, while building capacity across all the necessary roles. Pilot projects will also focus on promoting sustainable forest management practices in the context of natural forests, community forests and existing and future plantations.  


If you would like to get involved in the partnership, please contact:  
MFCC - or
PEFC International -