Friday, August 18, 2017

Logging banned in Chin State until end of fiscal year

Logging in Chin State is to be banned for the rest of the year, says the environment minister. U Ohn Win, Union minister for natural resources and environmental conservation, told Amyotha Hluttaw yesterday that he was preparing to prohibit logging for the remainder of the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

The minister said 50 acres (20 hectares) of teak plantation would be created in Kyauk Sit Toeche forest reserve 3, in Chin State’s Kanpetlet township during the current rainy season.

Chin State constituency 9 MP Daw Khin Swe Lwin told the house that logging had been taking place in the forest reserves of Yin Kwel and Kyat Mout hills, as well as outside the township’s reserves. She asked whether there was any plan to stop logging in the township or, if not, whether logging could be managed more transparently so that local residents could more effectively protect the environment.

In accordance with the 10-year logging plan that covers the period 2016-26, timber production will be reduced below the level of annual production of Mindat district, which includes Kanpetlet township. A list of forestry resources will be compiled before logging resumes. The district’s annual timber production is 650 timber plants and 26,630 hardwood plants.

The minister said that to prevent forest depletion and maintain forestry standards, the logging of teak would be prohibited in the area of no new generation, while 273 acres of community-based forest would be established in the state.

Henceforth, logging would be carried out by traditional cutting methods, and officials from the state-owned timber enterprise have assumed responsibility for protecting the remaining forests from further depletion.

 Translation by Khine Thazin Han