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Title: Blood Teak: How Myanmar's Natural Resources Fuel Ethnic Conflicts
Date of publication: 30 April 2015
Description/subject: "...The re-ignition of conflict should be a reminder that as long as the incentives to control exploitable natural resources and illicit industries are greater than the incentives to create stability, there is little hope for long-term peace in Myanmar. Sustainable progress is possible, but only if the underlying economic structures of minority groups are altered by the diversification of local economies and the government continues opening up. While this is by no means a panacea for the conflict, it may begin to alter the economic circumstances which have facilitated such persistent violence and bring about the conditions which lead to a more enduring peace."
Author/creator: Jay Benson
Language: English
Source/publisher: The Diplomat
Format/size: ့html
Date of entry/update: 01 May 2015

Title: Commercial Agriculture Expansion in Myanmar: Links to Deforestation, Conversion Timber, and Land Conflicts
Date of publication: March 2015
Description/subject: "In Myanmar, as in other countries of the Mekong, it is widely acknowledged that the clearing of forests to make way for the expansion of commercial agricultural fields is increasingly the leading driver of deforestation, alongside legal and illegal logging, and the clearance of forest areas to make way for infrastructure projects such as roads and hydropower dams. While the conversion of forests for agricultural development has been occurring for many decades, it is the unprecedented rate of this conversion that is now so astounding — as well as the fact that the government is encouraging increasing levels of investment for large-scale industrial agricultural expansion when laws and institutions are not yet able to regulate these large-scale land acquisitions (LSLAs). National legal frameworks — laws, regulations, and enforcement bodies — will need to be improved so this development occurs in the context of sustainable and legal forest management and local communities are assured that they have secure land use rights and access to these agricultural and forested landscapes for their livelihood needs. Despite national statements purporting to protect Myanmar’s remaining forests, a new set of land and investment laws1 are still facilitating the conversion of forests into private agribusiness concessions. Since Myanmar’s President U Thein Sein took office in March 2011, the new reform-minded government has promoted industrial agricultural development as an attractive sector for both domestic and, increasingly, foreign investment. In the forest sector itself, promising new reforms have been progressing, but so far have focused only on the managed timber estates under the direct control of the Myanmar Forest Department (which have been over-harvested for decades). The remaining natural forests in the country’s resource-rich, ethnic-populated states are still left outside any effective forest management and are thus even more prone to extensive logging and forest conversion. In sum, each year Myanmar has been losing more than 1.15 million acres of forests — some of Southeast Asia’s last remaining (sub-)tropical High Conservation Value Forests (HCVF). Hardwood log exports have been growing by volume, and even more by value, since the new government took office (Figures 1 and 2). Between 2011 and 2013, the volume of timber product exports jumped from about 2.7 to over 3.3 million m3, with values increasing from just over US$ 1 billion to about US$ 1.6 billion. Much of Myanmar’s timber is no longer sourced from historical (over-cut) harvesting areas (government-managed timber estates predominately in the geographic center of the country). Instead, domestic private companies are clear-cutting HCVFs — for agribusiness, mining, and hydropower sites, and special economic zones (SEZs) — and producing Myanmar’s, and some of the world’s, most valuable “conversion timber.” Forest Trends has estimated that conversion timber from these LSLAs now constitutes a significant portion of the Burmese timber being placed on the international market..."
Author/creator: Kevin Woods
Language: English
Source/publisher: Forest Trends
Format/size: pdf (2.7MB)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/Forest_Trends-2015-03-Conversion_Timber_in_Myanmar-en.pdf
Date of entry/update: 13 March 2015

Title: Analysis of the China - Myanmar Timber Trade
Date of publication: December 2014
Description/subject: Abstract: "This policy brief analyzes recent trends in the timber products trade between China and Myanmar, using Chinese customs data from 2000 through 2013. Timber is one of the primary commodities traded between the two countries, providing significant revenue to Myanmar’s central government and ethnic political armed opposition groups, while supplying China with materials to feed its growing wood manufacturing sector. In 2013, timber product exports from Myanmar to China reached an all-time high by both volume and value, with 94% of these exports (by volume) registered by Chinese customs in Kunming, near the Myanmar border. Both countries banned cross-border timber trade in 2006, so these findings suggest high levels of illegality. Representatives from both countries plan to meet in March 2015 to discuss these issues further, and to develop strategies to promote a timber trade that is legal, beneficial to both nations, and sustainable in the long term."
Author/creator: Eve Richer
Language: English
Source/publisher: Forest Trends
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 01 May 2015

Title: U.S. Waives Sanctions on Myanmar Timber
Date of publication: 14 August 2014
Description/subject: "...Civil society groups are split over a decision by the U.S. government to waive sanctions on Myanmar’s timber sector for one year. The decision, which went into effect late last month, is being hailed by some as an opportunity for community-led and sustainability initiatives to take root in Myanmar, where lucrative forestry revenues have long been firmly controlled by the military and national elites. The European Union, too, is currently working to normalise its relations with the Myanmarese timber sector. “The concern is that the system that is gaining traction with the international timber industry is to bypass any national systemic forestry reform process.” -- Kevin Woods of Forest Trends Yet others are warning that Washington has taken the decision too soon, before domestic conditions in Myanmar are able to support such a change..."
Author/creator: Carey L. Biron
Language: English
Source/publisher: Inter Press Service (IPS)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 21 August 2014

Title: Myanmar's $6 billion illegal timber trade
Date of publication: 26 March 2014
Description/subject: "New analysis of Burma's forestry and trade data points to a multi-billion dollar illegal logging and exports black hole - indicating widespread criminality and official corruption."...Article based on EIA's "Data Corruption"
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Ecologist"
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 22 May 2015

Title: Data Corruption - Exposing the true scale of logging in Burma (Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Date of publication: 25 March 2014
Description/subject: သဵု့သပးခ္ကး အက္ဥး့ခ္ဳပး  ်မနးမာအစို့ရ၏ လတးတေလာ ပဵုႏြိပးထုတး်ပနးလိုကးေသာ လျနးခဲံေသာ ှ၂ႏြစးအတျငး့ သစးလဵု့ထုတးလုပးမႈႏြငံး သစးတငးပို႕မႈ စာရငး့ဇယာ့မ္ာ့၏ ေဖား်ပခ္ကးမြာ ်မနးမာႏိုငးငဵသစးလဵု့ထုတးလုပးမႈႏြငံး ပတးသကး၍မြတးတမး့တငးထာ့ေသာ ကမၻာံကုနးသျယးမႈမ္ာ့ထကး သိသိသာသာပငး ေလ္ာံနညး့ေနေၾကာငး့၇ ်မနးမာႏိုငးငဵအတျငး့ ထိုသစးလဵု့ထုတးလုပးမႈႏြငံး ပတးသကး၍ ဥပေဒခ္ိဳ့ေဖာကးမႈႏြငံး ်ခစာ့မႈမ္ာ့ လႊမး့မို့ေနေၾကာငး့ကုိ သဘာဝပတးဝနး့က္ငး စဵုစမး့စစးေဆ့ေရ့အဖျဲ႕(EIA)၏ သုေသသန်ပဳခ္ကးက ထုတးေဖားလိုကးသညး၈  ဿွွွ-ှ၀ခုႏြစးအတျငး့ သစးလဵု့တငးပို႕မႈႏြငံး ပတးသကးေသာ တရာ့ဝငးထုတး်ပနးသညးံ ပမာဏသညး ်မနးမာႏိုငးငဵသစးလဵု့ထုတးလုပးမႈႏြငံး ပတးသကး၍မြတးတမး့တငးထာ့ေသာ ႏုိငးငဵတကာကုနးသျယးမႈမ္ာ့ အာ့လဵု့၏ ဿ၅ ရာခုိငးႏႈနး့သာလြ္ငးရြိ်ပီ့ ၄ဿ ရာခိုငးႏႈနး့ေသာ သစးတငးပို႕မႈမ္ာ့မြာ တရာ့မဝငး်ဖစးေၾကာငး့ကို ေဖား်ပေနသညး၈  ဿွွှ-ှ၀ခုႏြစးအတျငး့ အစို့ရချငံး်ပဳေသာ တရာ့ဝငးသစးထုတးလုပးမႈ ပမာဏသညး ်မနးမာႏိုငးငဵထဵမြ သစးလဵု့တငးသျငး့မႈႏြငံး ပတးသကး၍ မြတးတမး့တငးထာ့ေသာ ပမာဏ၏ ၂၀ရာခိုငးႏႈနး့သာ ရြိ်ပီ့ ႏိုငးငဵအတျငး့တျငး သစးလဵု့တငးပို႕ေရ့ဦ့တညး်ပဳလုပးေသာ တရာ့မဝငးသစးထုတးလုပးမႈသညး ၁၄ ရာခိုငးႏႈနး့ ရြိေၾကာငး့ေဖား်ပေနသညး၈  ဿွွှ-ှ၀ခုႏြစးအတျငး့ တရာ့ဝငးချငံး်ပဳမထာ့ေသာ၇ မြတးတမး့တငးမထာ့ေသာ သစးလဵု့တငးပို႕မႈပမာဏ သညး ှ၃.၂သနး့ ကုဗမီတာရြိကာ အေမရိကနးေဒၚလာ ၂.၄ ဘီလီယဵတနးဖို့ရြိ၏၈  သဘာဝပတးဝနး့က္ငး စဵုစမး့စစးေဆ့ေရ့အဖျဲ႕(EIA)၏ ေတျ႕ရြိခ္ကးမ္ာ့သညး ်မနးမာအစို့ရ၏ သစးထုတးလုပးမႈဆိုငးရာ အခနး့က႑တျငး စီမဵခနး႕ချဲမႈမ္ာ့ နကးနကးရိႈငး့ရိႈငး့ ပ္ကးကျကးေနသညးကို ေဖား်ပေန၏၈ သစးေတာအရငး့အ်မစးမ္ာ့ကို ထိနး့သိမး့ရနးႏြငံး ဥေရာပသမဂၢ၇ အေမရိကနး၇ ၾသစေၾတ့လ္ာ့ႏြငံး အ်ခာ့ေသာ ႏိုငးငဵမ္ာ့ပါဝငးေသာ ဥပေဒေရ့ရာမ္ာ့ႏြငံး ပတးသကး၍ အထိအခိုကးမခဵသညးံ ပျာ့မ္ာ့လာေသာ တနးဖို့်မငးံေပ့မညးံ ေစ့္ကျကးမ္ာ့တျငး ်မနးမာသစးလဵု့တငးပို႕မႈမ္ာ့ ေရာကးရြိေရ့အတျကး က္ယးက္ယး်ပနး႕်ပနး႕ ်ပဳ်ပငးေ်ပာငး့လဲမႈမ္ာ့ လိုအပးေန၏၈ EXECUTIVE SUMMARY • Research by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) reveals that recently published Government of Myanmar data on log harvests and timber exports during the past 15 years reveals significantly lower than reported global trade in Myanmar logs, suggesting rampant criminality and corruption in the sector. • Official export volumes from 2000 - 13 constitute merely 28 per cent of all recorded international trade in Myanmar logs – suggesting 72 per cent of log shipments were illicit. • Official Government - authorised harvest volumes from 2001 - 13 comprised only 53 per cent of recorded global imports of Myanmar logs, revealing an export - driven illegal logging rate of 47 per cent across the country. • Unauthorised and unrecorded timber exports of 16.5 million cubic metres (m 3 ) of logs from 2000 - 13 were worth US$5.7 billion. • EIA’s findings demonstrate fundamental governance failures in Myanmar’s timber sector. Wide - ranging reform is required to sustain forest resources and enable access to the increasing number of high-value markets sensitive to legality issues, including the EU, US, Australia and others.
Language: Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
Source/publisher: Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA)
Format/size: pdf (628K)
Date of entry/update: 25 March 2014

Title: Data Corruption - Exposing the true scale of logging in Burma (English)
Date of publication: 25 March 2014
Description/subject: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: "• Research by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) reveals that recently published Government of Myanmar data on log harvests and timber exports during the past 15 years reveals significantly lower than reported global trade in Myanmar logs, suggesting rampant criminality and corruption in the sector. • Official export volumes from 2000-13 constitute merely 28 per cent of all recorded international trade in Myanmar logs – suggesting 72 per cent of log shipments were illicit. • Official Government-authorised harvest volumes from 2001-13 comprised only 53 per cent of recorded global imports of Myanmar logs, revealing an export-driven illegal logging rate of 47 per cent across the country. • Unauthorised and unrecorded timber exports of 16.5 million cubic metres (m3) of logs from 2000-13 were worth US$5.7 billion. • EIA’s findings demonstrate fundamental governance failures in Myanmar’s timber sector. Wide-ranging reform is required to sustain forest resources and enable access to the increasing number of high-value markets sensitive to legality issues, including the EU, US, Australia and others."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA)
Format/size: pdf (645K)
Date of entry/update: 25 March 2014

Date of publication: December 2013
Description/subject: [EUTR - European Union Timber Regulation]...."Corruption, bribery, and illegality underpin chaotic Myanmar timber production and trade, in both state and non-state controlled areas An EU Timber Trade Federation (ETTF) report by an EUTR Monitoring Organization concludes that current controls do not allow for EUTR compliant trade in Myanmar timber However, since the EUTR came into force in March 2013 more than 8 million dollars of Myanmar timber have been imported into the EU. All of these shipments are likely in breach of the EUTR due diligence obligations, if not also the prohibition EUTR Competent Authorities must monitor compliance of all operators importing from Myanmar, in relation to all individual shipments Despite the lifting of sanctions, EU Operators should desist from placing Myanmar timber on the EU market until it can comply with the EUTR. This will require substantive reforms..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA)
Format/size: pdf (634K)
Date of entry/update: 25 March 2014

Title: APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION - China’s trade in illegal timber (text, video and Burmese press release)
Date of publication: 29 November 2012
Description/subject: This report covers several countries in Asia and Africa....."Myanmar contains some of the most significant natural forests left in the Asia Pacific region, host to an array of biodiversity and vital to the livelihoods of local communities. Forests are estimated to cover 48 per cent of the country’s land. Yet other recent estimates put forest cover at just 24 per cent. These vital forests are disappearing rapidly. Myanmar has one of the worst rates of deforestation on the planet, with 18 per cent of its forests lost between 1990 and 2005. Myanmar’s forest sector is rife with corruption and illegality, leading to over-harvesting and smuggling. Natural teak from Myanmar is especially sought after on the international market for its unique characteristics and availability. Since the late 1990s, neighbouring China has imported large volumes of timber from Myanmar, the bulk of which have been logged and traded illegally. In 1997, China imported 300,000 cubic metres of timber from Myanmar; by 2005 this had risen to 1.6 million cubic metres....In April 2012, EIA investigators travelled to the southern Chinese provinces of Guangdong and Yunnan to examine current dynamics of the illicit cross-border trade in logs from Myanmar, especially Kachin State. The investigation involved monitoring crossing points on the Yunnan-Kachin border, surveying wholesale timber markets to assess the origin of wood supplies, and undercover meetings with Chinese firms trading and processing timber from Myanmar. The investigation revealed continuing transport of logs across the border, despite the 2006 agreements between the two countries to halt such trade. Chinese traders confirmed that as long as taxes are paid at the point of import, logs are allowed in despite a commitment from the Yunnan provincial government to allow in only timber accompanied by documents from the Myanmar authorities attesting to its legal origin. As the authorities dictate that all wood exports must be handled by the Myanmar Timber Enterprise and shipped via Rangoon, logs moving across the land border to Yunnan cannot possibly be legal. Field visits uncovered movement of temperate hardwood timber species from the mountains of Kachin State into central Yunnan via several crossing points, with trade in teak and rosewood centred around the border town of Ruili further south. The contrast in the condition of the forests along the border was striking; while forests in the mountainous region on the Chinese side of the border are relatively intact, with large areas protected in the Gaoligong Nature Reserve, across the border in Kachin the devastation wreaked by logging is clearly visible. Chinese wood traders confirmed that supplies were coming from further inside Kachin, as timber within a hundred kilometres of the border has been logged out, and told how deals are done with insurgent groups to buy up entire mountains for logging. One local community elder in Kachin interviewed by EIA summed up the situation: “Myanmar is China’s supermarket and Kachin State is their 7-11.”..."
Language: English; (Burmese press release)
Source/publisher: Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA)
Format/size: pdf (1.42MB), 142K-Burmese press release; Adobe Flash (- 16 minutes, video)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs14/EIA-Appetite_for_Destruction-PR-bu.pdf (Press release, Burmese)
http://vimeo.com/54229395 (video)
Date of entry/update: 29 November 2012

Title: An Overview of the Market Chain for China's Timber Product Imports from Myanmar
Date of publication: 2005
Description/subject: This article on China's forest trade with Myanmar builds on an earlier study by the same authors: “Navigating the Border: An Analysis of the China-Myanmar Timber Trade” [link]. The analysis in this study moves on to identify priority issues along the market chain of the timber trade from the Yunnan-Myanmar border to Guangdong Province and Shanghai on China’s eastern seaboard. Give the increased intensity of logging in northern Myanmar after the introduction of stringent limits on domestic timber production in China in 1998, the authors argue it is now downstream buyers on China’s eastern seaboard who are driving the timber business along the Yunnan Myanmar border. While the boom in the timber business has provided income generating opportunities for many, from villagers in Myanmar to Chinese migrant businessmen, forests that can be cost-effectively harvested in Myanmar along its border with Yunnan are in increasingly short supply. This entails a need to explore priority areas such as transitioning border residents away from a reliance on the timber industry, assessing and mitigating the cross-border ecological damage from logging in Kachin and Shan States, and developing a more sustainable supply of timber in Yunnan through improving state plantations and collective forest management.
Author/creator: Fredrich Kahrl, Horst Weyerhaeuser, Su Yufang
Language: English
Source/publisher: Forest Trends, Center for International Forestry Research, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)
Format/size: pdf (1.05 MB)
Alternate URLs: http://www.forest-trends.org/documents/files/doc_152.pdf
Date of entry/update: 18 August 2010

Title: Navigating the Border: An Analysis of the China-Myanmar Timber Trade
Date of publication: 2004
Description/subject: Summary: China’s trade in timber products with Myanmar grew substantially from 1997-2002, from 295,474 m3 (round wood equivalent, RWE) in 1997 to 947,765 m3 (RWE) in 2002. Despite increased volume, timber product imports from Myanmar comprised only 2.5% of China’s total timber product imports from 1997-2002. However, the small fraction of total imports masks two important features: i) timber imports from Myanmar are primarily logged in slow-growing natural forests in northern Myanmar; and ii) logging activities that support the China-Myanmar timber trade are increasingly concentrated along the border in northern Myanmar’s Kachin State. This greater concentration of the timber trade has begun to have substantial ecological and socio-economic impacts within China’s borders. The majority of China’s timber product imports from Myanmar are shipped overland through neighboring Yunnan Province – 88% of all imports from 1997-2002 according to China’s national customs statistics. Of these, more than 75% of timber product inflows passed through the three prefectures in northwest Yunnan that border Kachin State. Most of these logging activities are currently concentrated in three areas — Pianma Township (Nujiang Prefecture), Yingjiang County (Dehong Prefecture), and Diantan Township (Baoshan Municipality). Logging that sustains the timber industry along Yunnan’s border with Kachin State is done by Chinese companies that are operating in Myanmar but are based along the border in China. Logging activities in Kachin State, from actual harvesting to road building, are almost all carried out by Chinese citizens. Although the volume of China’s timber product imports from Myanmar is small by comparison, the scale of logging along the border is considerable, and border townships and counties have become over-reliant on the timber trade as a primary means of fiscal revenue. As the costs of logging in Myanmar rise, this situation is increasingly becoming economically unsustainable, and shifts in the timber industry will have significant implications for the future of Yunnan’s border region. Importantly, a large proportion of logging and timber processing along the border is both managed and manned by migrant workers. Because of companies’ and workers’ low level of embeddedness in the local economy, border village communities are particularly vulnerable to swings in the timber trade. More broadly, timber trade has done little to promote sustained economic growth along the China-Myanmar border as profits, by and large, have not been redirected into local economies. In addition to socio-economic pressures, the combination of insufficient regulation in China and political instability in northern Myanmar has exacted a high ecological price. The uncertain regulatory and contractual environment has oriented the border logging industry toward short-term harvesting and profits, rather than investments in longer-term timber production. Degradation in Myanmar’s border forests will have an impact on China’s forests, as wildlife, pest and disease management, forest fire prevention and containment, and controlling natural disasters caused by soil erosion all become increasingly difficult. While political reform in northern Myanmar is a precondition for improved regulation and management of Myanmar’s forests, the Chinese government has a series of economic, trade, security and environmental policy options that it could pursue to ensure its own ecological security and enhance the socio-economic benefits of trade. Potential avenues explored in this analysis include: i) promoting longer-term border trade and distributing benefits from the timber trade, ii) improving border control and industry regulation, iii) enhancing environmental security and strengthening environmental cooperation, and iv) exploring flexibility in the logging ban... TABLE OF CONTENTS: LOGGING IN MYANMAR: A BACKGROUND; MYANMAR’S FORESTS; BASIC TRADE; GEOGRAPHY; AN ANALYSIS OF AGGREGATE IMPORT STATISTICS, 1997-2002; THE LOGGING BAN IN YUNNAN; THE TIMBER PRODUCTION CHAIN: INTRODUCTION; THE TIMBER PRODUCTION CHAIN: EXTRACTION; THE TIMBER PRODUCTION CHAIN: PROCESSING; THE TIMBER PRODUCTION CHAIN: DISTRIBUTION AND EXPORT; TIMBER TRADE TRENDS BY PREFECTURE; BORDER AND TRADE ADMINISTRATION: CHINA; FOREST AND TRADE ADMINISTRATION: MYANMAR; DEVELOPMENTS WITH POTENTIAL IMPLICATIONS FOR THE CHINA-MYANMAR TIMBER TRADE; CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS; REFERENCES.
Author/creator: Fredrich Kahrl, Horst Weyerhaeuser, Su Yufang
Language: English
Source/publisher: Forest Trends, World Agroforestry Centre
Format/size: pdf (1.28MB)
Alternate URLs: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:x5pqY-71SO8J:
Date of entry/update: 18 August 2010

Title: A CONFLICT OF INTERESTS: The uncertain future of Burma’s forests
Date of publication: October 2003
Description/subject: A Briefing Document by Global Witness. October 2003... Table of Contents... Recommendations... Introduction... Summary: Natural Resources and Conflict in Burma; SLORC/SPDC-controlled logging; China-Burma relations and logging in Kachin State; Thailand-Burma relations and logging in Karen State... Part One: Background: The Roots of Conflict; Strategic location, topography and natural resources; The Peoples of Burma; Ethnic diversity and politics; British Colonial Rule... Independence and the Perpetuation of Conflict: Conflict following Independence and rise of Ne Win; Burma under the Burma Socialist Programme Party (BSPP); The Four Cuts counter – insurgency campaign; The 1988 uprising and the State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC); The 1990 General Election and the drafting of a new Constitution; Recent Developments: The Detention of Aung San Suu Kyi... The Administration of Burma: Where Power Lies: The State Peace and Development Council (SPDC); The Cabinet; The Three Generals; The Tatmadaw; Regional Commanders... Part Two: Logging in Burma:- The Economy: The importance of the timber trade; Involvement of the Army; Bartering; Burma’s Forests; Forest cover, deforestation rates and forest degradation... The Timber Industry in Burma: The Administration of forestry in Burma; Forest Management in Burma, the theory; The Reality of the SPDC-Controlled Timber Trade... Law enforcement: The decline of the Burma Selection System and Institutional Problems; Import – Export Figures; SPDC-controlled logging in Central Burma; The Pegu Yomas; The illegal timber trade in Rangoon; SLORC/SPDC control over logging in ceasefire areas... Ceasefires: Chart of armed ethnic groups. April 2002; Ceasefire groups; How the SLORC/SPDC has used the ceasefires: business and development... Conflict Timber: Logging and the Tatmadaw; Logging as a driver of conflict; Logging companies and conflict on the Thai-Burma border; Controlling ceasefire groups through logging deals... Forced Labour: Forced labour logging... Opium and Logging: Logging and Opium in Kachin State; Logging and Opium in Wa... Conflict on the border: Conflict on the border; Thai-Burmese relations and ‘Resource Diplomacy’; Thais prioritise logging interests over support for ethnic insurgents; The timber business and conflict on the Thai-Burma border; Thai Logging in Karen National Union territory; The end of SLORC logging concessions on the Thai border; The Salween Scandal in Thailand; Recent Logging on the Thai-Burma border... Karen State: The Nature of Conflict in Karen State; The Karen National Union (KNU); The Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA); Logging in Karen State; Logging and Landmines in Karen State; Charcoal Making in Nyaunglebin District... The China-Burma Border: Chinese-Burmese Relations; Chinese-Burmese relations and Natural Resource Colonialism; The impact of logging in China; The impact of China’s logging ban; The timber trade on the Chinese side of the border... Kachin State: The Nature of Conflict in Kachin State; The Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO); Jade and the KIA’s insurgent Economy; Dabak and Mali Hydroelectric Power Projects; The New Democratic Army (Kachin) (NDA(K)); The Kachin Defence Army (KDA); How the ceasefires have affected insurgent groups in Kachin State; HIV/AIDS and Extractive Industries in Kachin State ; Logging in Kachin State; Gold Mining in Kachin State; The N’Mai Hku (Headwaters) Project; Road Building in Kachin State... Wa State: Logging in Wa State; Timber Exports through Wa State; Road building in Wa State; Plantations in Wa State... Conclusion... Appendix I: Forest Policies, Laws and Regulations; National Policy, Laws and Regulations; National Commission on Environmental Affairs; Environmental policy; Forest Policy; Community Forestry; International Environmental Commitments... Appendix II: Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (FLEG): Ministerial Declaration... References. [the pdf version contains the text plus maps, photos etc. The Word version contains text and tables only]
Language: English (Thai & Kachin summaries)
Source/publisher: Global Witness
Format/size: pdf (4 files: 1.8MB, 1.4MB, 2.0MB, 2.1MB) 126 pages
Alternate URLs: http://www.globalwitness.org
Date of entry/update: 20 July 2010

Title: Burma Solid Wood Products Annual 2001
Date of publication: 16 February 2001
Description/subject: Report Highlights: Burma’s official wood exports should remain at around 475,000 cubic meters. The industry in Burma is faced with over logging due to continued unchecked illicit trading in logs...EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Burma remains more than 50 percent forested and has sizeable stands of commercial hard woods due to a sound policy of sustainable forest management that has been in place since British times. While commercial extraction of teak and tropical hardwoods is controlled under Forest Department regulations and monitoring, population growth and the resulting demand for fuel wood and agricultural land are putting pressure on both the hardwood and other forested areas. Illegal logging of hardwoods has and continues to be a problem in border areas, but the largest threat to Burma’s forest resources is encroachment by villagers seeking wood for fuel and land for crops. Accurate and reliable statistics on forest area resources, production, consumption, and trade are somewhat difficult to obtain given the extent of illicit trade and insufficient government resources to adequately monitor the sector. Nevertheless, post forecasts that annual production (based on Burma’s fiscal year of April/March) of teak logs in 2000/01 will continue to be around 475,000 cubic meters. Production of other hardwood logs will be approximately 1.5 million cubic meters. Lumber output over the same period will be about 35,000 cubic meters of teak and 240,000 cubic meters of other hardwoods. Burma’s export trade is dominated by logs. Exports of teak logs in calendar year 2000 will likely be similar to 1999, or about 247,000 cubic meters, while exports of other hardwood logs will likely be between 335,000 and 400,000 cubic meters. Production of lumber and other valueadded products for domestic use or for export is hampered by the low level of the local processing sector. The forestry sector is a good illustration of the constraints, both economic and policy, that Burma faces. Articulate and knowledgeable bureaucrats know what their problems are and have good ideas for resolving them. However, lack of resources, contradictory policies and programs between Ministries, and irresistible economic incentives often prevent these ideas from being implemented. The latter factor is a considerable problem for the forestry sector. Commercial extraction of tropical hardwoods, both officially and outside the system, are extremely profitable and an important earner of foreign exchange for the cash-strapped government. It is unlikely that the existing regulations, sound as they might be, can be completely effective in curbing illicit extraction. At the village level, the short-term economic benefits of gathering fuel wood or clearing land for crops simply overrule the longer-term benefits of reforestation or other environment-friendly land management techniques."
Author/creator: Daphne Khin Swe Swe Aye
Language: English
Source/publisher: US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) Global Agriculture Information Network (GAIN)
Format/size: pdf (59K)
Date of entry/update: 23 September 2004

Title: Timber trade and wood flow study: Myanmar
Date of publication: 1999
Description/subject: Forest Resources: Natural Forests, Plantations. Production potential. Utilisation of Forest Resources: Legal Framework, Harvesting; Logging Volumes, Prices, Forest Policy, Certification of Forest Management. Forest Industries: Industry Structure, Forest Industry Production, Pulp and Paper Industry, Production Efficiency and Waste Management. International Wood Trade: Exports, Imports. Demand–Supply Balance: Commercial Utilisation, Household Utilisation, Wood Energy.
Author/creator: Tuukka Castrén
Language: English
Source/publisher: Regional Environmental Technical Assistance 5771 Poverty Reduction & Environmental Management in Remote Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Watersheds Project (Phase I).
Format/size: html, 37 pages
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003