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  • Report brings Myanmar private forest and timber sector needs into focus

    A major report has been completed into the business, market and environmental policy development needs of Myanmar’s private forest and timber sector; Myanmar increasingly engages with the international market and its legality and sustainability requirements.

    The 33-page analysis has been undertaken by the 1000-member Myanmar Forest Products Merchants Federation (MFPMF), with input, support and guidance from the Global Timber Forum (GTF).

    A core focus of the report is gearing the private sector to adapt to the legality assurance requirements of an EU Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade Voluntary Partnership Agreement (FLEGT VPA). This follows the Myanmar government’s indication of its intention to pursue a VPA and launch of a FLEGT Task Force.  In fact the report is titled “Identifying needs to improve private sector engagement in the EU FLEGT VPA process”.

    But the MFPMF project – which was developed with the GTF and involved a comprehensive industry survey – also takes a wider perspective. It asks how the private sector should develop as its marketplace evolves and companies look to capitalise on such initiatives as the government’s National Forest Products Export Strategy, which targets value-added business.

    It examines the organisation levels and cohesion of the private sector, and other key factors for its future including working with community forestry, which government  aims to develop.

    The MFPMF based its findings on in-depth interviews with timber operators, across the sector, not just its members. It also organised workshops and focus groups to gauge opinions and needs.

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  • Drilling down into Due Diligence – A GTF report

    If there’s a key to the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) doing its job and keeping illegal timber off the EU market, it’s effective exercise of due diligence by the legitimate trade. That’s why the Global Timber Forum (GTF) has undertaken an international Supplier and Consumer Due Diligence Analysis, to find out just how well companies understand the concept and put it into practice.

    Under report author George White, a team of interviewers put a set questionnaire to 27 EU ‘operator’ importers, which have to undertake due diligence illegality risk assessment of all suppliers under the EUTR. They also quizzed 15 supplier companies (all in tropical countries), which today face a mass of due diligence documentation and inquiries from customers EU-wide.

    Critically, they focused on small to medium sized enterprises, which not only comprise a large part of the timber sector, but may find due diligence more of a burden as they have fewer resources to devote to it.

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