Webinar “Human Rights-Based and Conflict Sensitive Approaches in Forestry” organized

The Webinar titled “Human Rights-Based and Conflict Sensitive Approaches in Forestry” was organized on 10 December.
During the meeting, Director-General for Forest Department Dr Nyi Nyi Kyaw said 70 per cent of the country’s population resides in rural areas, and most of them mainly rely on the forest. The customs and the use of natural resources vary from place to place.
According to Global Forest Resources Assessment 2020, Myanmar listed in the South East Asia countries with the largest forest area.
He also expressed the technical cooperation between the Forest Department and FAO in conducting National Forest Inventory (NFI), Forest Monitoring and Satellite-Based Forest Cover Assessment under FAO UN-REDD Programme since 2013 and Myanmar was one of the earliest countries that conduct forestry inventory according to the international record.
Although the country conducted the National Forest Inventory (NFI) in 1980, it could not fully carry out in all areas.
He then discussed the efforts of Forest Department with the help of Finland government in conducting National Forest Inventory, National Forest Monitoring and Information System with a Human Rights-Based Approach, discussions with all relevant officials for these projects for forest inventory to reduce the social impacts and data sharing to the relevant persons.
Mr Marco Piazza of FAO, Mr Bernd Unger of AHT Group and Ms Jana Naujoks of International Alert exchanged views on Human Rights-Based and Conflict Sensitive Approaches in Forestry cases from Myanmar and Indonesia, and the attendees to the meeting coordinated the discussion.
The Webinar was attended by Finland’s Ambassador to Myanmar Ms Riikka Laatu, Indonesia’s Head of Sub-Directorate Recognition of Customary Forest and Protection of Local Wisdom, Ministry of Environment and Forestry Mr Yuli Prasetyo Nugroho, the officials of NGOs, INGOs, partner organizations and the researchers. –MNA (Translated by Khine Thazin Han)

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