Myanmar to stop logging completely this fiscal year: Union Minister

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ARRANGEMENTS are being made to stop logging completely across the country during this fiscal year, the Amyotha Hluttaw was told during its 35th day session yesterday.
Union Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation U Ohn Win said that Myanma Timber Enterprise is tasked with protecting remaining forests.
As part of the measures against deforestation and forest degradation, teak extraction is set to end in the areas with no plan to replace the removed trees (generational wood harvesting), said the Union minister, adding that a list of forest resources will be made prior to timber extraction.
According to the Union minister, works are underway to extract timber in a systematic way following a framework of annual timber extraction.
The export of raw timber logs was banned as of 1 April 2014, he said.
In his response to a question about timber extraction in Chin State’s Kanpetlat Township, the Union minister said that 50 acres of teak plantation will be established in the township this rainy season and the establishment of a 273-acre community forest plantation has been allowed.
During yesterday’s Amyotha Hluttaw session, Union Minister for Construction U Win Khaing responded to a question regarding the upgrading of a section of the Myataung-Shweku and the construction of reinforced concrete bridges on the road, set to be implemented through JICA’s ODA loans and annual budget allocations.
The Union minister added that the Shweku-Sinkham road section will also be upgraded and four concrete bridges will be built on it.

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