Nearly 45,000 tonnes of illegal timber confiscated in Sagaing in 5 years

Nearly 45,000 tonnes of illegal timber were confiscated in Sagaing region in the past five years, according to an announcement of the Sagaing regional government. From 2016 to July 2020, authorities confiscated teak, hardwood and other types of timbers in Kani township, Mawlaik township, Phaungpyin township, Kalewa township, Tamu township, Bamauk township, Katha township, Kyunhla township, Yinmabin township and Pale township. In 2016, authorities seized a total of 9,997.6317 tonnes of timber including 3,000.5889 tonnes of teak, 3,350.9963 tonnes of hardwood and 3,646.046 tonnes of other types of wood.
In 2017, a total of 9,622.5221 tonnes of timber were seized in Sagaing region including 2,383.1857 tonnes of teak, 2,755.0087 tonnes of hardwood and 4,484.3277 tonnes of other types of timber. In 2018, a total of 6,569.2034 tonnes of timber were seized in Sagaing region including 1,572.9040 tonnes of teak, 1,461.3496 tonnes of hardwood and 3,534.9498 tonnes of other types of wood.
In 2019, a total of 9,791.7711 tonnes of timber were seized in Sagaing region including 2,722.4484 tonnes of teak, 1,964.1367 tonnes of hardwood and 5,105.186 tonnes of other types of wood. As of July 2020, a total of 7,223.3418 tonnes of timber were seized in Sagaing region including 1,864.619 tonnes of teak, 1,440.2914 tonnes of hardwood and 3,918.4318 tonnes of other types of wood. Officials have been making concerted effort to crack down on the illegal timber trade in the region. The deforestation rate of Myanmar has been ranked second among the Southeast-Asian countries after Indonesia and third highest forest loss in the world after Brazil and Indonesia. —Aye Maung (Translated by Hay Mar)

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