UN mission to track all Myanmar forests

Myanmar's Forest. Photo: Collected

For the first time, a five years project has been commenced between Myanmar-Finland to palliate deforestation and bolster the conservation program around the globe.

This UN mission also includes proper supervision and documentation of all the forests in South Asia. Massive funding of 8 million euros ($9 million), to look after all types of forests in an exercise aimed at helping the country to deteriorate emissions that fuel climate change and revamp the warming impacts.

“There are lots of people who have zero ideas about the country Myanmar,” apprised Julian Fox, team leader for national forest monitoring at the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome.

he further added, “There are expansive areas of forests that have never been studied properly. So, this initiative will help to develop global guidelines for tracing and defending forests in conflict zones.

About 70 percent of Myanmar’s population lives on the bucolic side of the country. They approximately depend on 72 million acres of greenwood to survive for their fundamental necessities.

One of the alarming facts, according to the FAO is after Brazil and Indonesia Myanmar is the country with the third-highest deforestation rate in the earth. This due to urbanization and agricultural incentives.“For precise information on forests, you have to understand ample things underneath the canopy – the shrub species, soil, even the social-political context,” he told over the phone.

It includes Rakhine, a state from which more than 730,000 Rohingya fled to neighboring Bangladesh after a military’s brutal oppression, also known as ethnic cleansing, in 2017 that the United Nations claims to be genocidal. Although, Myanmar has always repudiated.

Myanmar is enriched with more than 100 various ethnic groups, each with its own history, traditions, and language.

If this course of action is successful, then these techniques will be implemented in other forests and rustic places as well.

“It is vital that fragile dispute and human rights remain in the core of the forest monitoring work in order to ensure that it benefits all people, including ethnic minorities,” Finland’s ambassador to Myanmar, Riikka Laatu, said in a statement.

All the research on Myanmar’s forests will be made public, allowing both the government and different ethnic groups to better manage and preserve the forests.

“now, it’s an urgency to updated data about the state of all the forests in Myanmar”, said Nyi Nyi Kyaw, director-general of the forest department in Myanmar’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation.