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 might be needed to make it more effective in managing and protecting the forests.

He said a more comprehensive review and revision would be made in 2026.

“After 10 years, it has to be reviewed and revised,” U Than Soe told the Myanmar Times, adding the revision will focus on“what areas should be demarcated as watershed forests, which areas should be allowed for timber extraction and which areas should be conserved and protected.”

Khin Su Wai