Myanmar will have a roadmap to reduce forest degradation and emissions from deforestation by June, speakers said at a seminar on climate change and forest management in Yangon on Thursday.

A draft of the roadmap has already been completed, said Dr. Rosy Ne Win of the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry.

“We began drafting a roadmap for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in December 2012. The road map will be completed in June,” Rosy Ne Win said.

The plan comes as the country’s forests face increasing threats, officials said, explaining that the rate of deforestation is rising. In 2010 less than half of the country’s land area was forested, they said, putting the figure at 47 percent.

Last week’s seminar was intended to boost forest management skills. It comes at a time when Myanmar is preparing to renew exports of timber to the European union. A certification system for timber exports is being developed.

The government has said it will ban the export of logs from April next year.

Source: Eleven Myanmar | 18 March 2013

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