Myanmar seeks PEFC membership

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A delegation from the Myanmar Forest Certification Committee (MFCC) attended the PEFC General Assembly in Helsinki and formally declared their intention to be a PEFC member within three years.

MFCC and PEFC are undertaking a three-year project supported by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Fund to strengthen MFCC as an institution and to strengthen the Myanmar Forest Certification System (MFCS) as the National Certification System.

This, say analysts, will contribute the mitigation of risk in Myanmar’s forestry and timber industry sectors.

Aim to have forestry sector included in EITI negotiations

In related news, Myanmar’s most recent economic policy identifies the role that satisfying the requirements of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) can play in assuring transparent natural resource governance.

The extractive sector in Myanmar makes a significant and growing contribution to the country’s GDP and U Tin Tin, leader of EITI working group in the Forestry Department, told the local media that discussions are underway to have the forest sector assessed independently in readiness for further discussion with EITI.

It is anticipated that assessment of the forestry sector for the EITI will demonstrate improvements in transparency and the growing cooperation between the Forestry Department, the private sector and civil society. The ultimate aim is to strengthen the international image of the Myanmar forestry sector.

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