Recent developments

The forestry sector has been undergoing a reform process in recent years. In 2014, a log export ban made it illegal to export unprocessed logs and in 2016, a logging ban halted all timber extraction in the country for one logging season. A 10-year logging ban in the Bago Yoma region, Myanmar’s most important region for teak production is in place.

Myanmar’s new Forest Law 2018 was passed on 20 September 2018, replacing the old 1992 Forest Law. Myanmar drafted new Forest Rules and collected over 2000 comments through consultations in states and regions in 2019. National and regional multi-stakeholder groups discussed the Forest Rules and provided inputs into public consultations.

A timber legality workshop took place in late 2017 followed by discussions on this topic by the Multi-Stakeholder Group in 2018 and 2019. In 2018, the Chain-of-Custody Dossier providing an overview of all legally required documents in the timber supply chain, from the assignment of the Annual Allowable Cut to export, was developed by MONREC.

In November 2019, close to 150 stakeholders representing the Government, the civil society and the private sector from all 15 states and regions gathered for a workshop with EU participation in Myanmar’s capital Nay Pyi Taw. The event aimed to obtain stakeholder input in identifying strategic FLEGT priorities focusing on achieving legal harvest, public access to information on forest and trade related legislation, and information related to legal timber harvest in Myanmar.

In February 2020, a Training of Trainers workshop for the Multi-Stakeholder Group representatives from Myanmar states and regions took place in Yangon. The training provided the participants with technical and facilitation support to debrief stakeholders in states and regions on the outcome of the November workshop. The debriefs will take place throughout 2020 and collect further feedback from stakeholders to form the basis for the work plan of the FAO-EU FLEGT Programme.