December 15, 2016

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Myanmar to launch UN-backed forestry emissions roadmap

Union Minister for Environmental Conservation and Forestry U Win Tun delivers speech at  workshop on REDD+Roadmap Process.—MNA
Union Minister for Environmental Conservation and Forestry U Win Tun delivers speech at
workshop on REDD+Roadmap Process.—MNA

Myanmar is preparing to implement a United Nations-backed roadmap to combat climate change by reducing emissions from deforestation, Union
Minister for Environmental Conservation and Forestry U Win Tun said Tuesday
at a workshop in the capital.
The REDD+Roadmap Process focuses on six sectors under the UN-REDD Programme and involves multiple partner organizations, the minister said.
The two-day workshop at Hotel Max aimed to ensure accurate forestry statistics, the establishment of a national forest resource management system and calculation of an annual forest reference emission level.
Since this January, the ministry’s Forest Department has carried out works to calculate the reference level of the country’s forest carbon emissions and formulate a forest resource monitoring action plan and human resources development program, the minister said.
Myanmar started implementing UN-REDD initiatives in December 2011, and concluded the formulation of its REDD+Roadmap Process in June last year.
According to a survey conducted by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization every five years, the total forest area in Myanmar decreased from 51.54 percent in 2000 to 46.96 percent in 2015. Loss of forest globally stood at 13 million hectares between 2000 to 2010.

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