Workshop Develops Policies for Sustainable Land Use in Myanmar

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  • 2014•12•18     Nay Pyi Taw

    UNU-IAS co-organized the International Workshop on REDD+ and Sustainable Land-Use Management in Myanmar in Nay Pyi Taw on 16–18 December 2014, together with Myanmar’s Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry, the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and other partners.

    The workshop provided valuable inputs to the establishment of sound land-use planning and management policies to support long‐term sustainable land management in Myanmar, which is currently drafting its national land-use policy. These inputs included the use of REDD+ activities — or Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks — to develop local institutions for land management and co-management of natural resources. Myanmar is undergoing rapid economic development and policy changes with vast implications for land use.

    The workshop welcomed the Minister of Environmental Conservation and Forestry, Myanmar, H.E. U Win Tun, and presentations by several specialists in land-use management and forest policy, including those from ITTO and UN-REDD. Participants also discussed the new policy report Strengthening Development in International–Local Institutional Linkages in REDD+: Lessons from Existing Forest-Carbon Initiatives, which was jointly published by UNU-IAS and ITTO, and launched during the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP20) in Lima, Peru.