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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