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Myanmar seizes 69k tons of illegal logs

Publication Date : 21-07-2013


Myanmar's authorities have seized over 69,600 tons of illegal logs from April 2011 to June this year, according to the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry.

The ministry responded to a question raised by in the Parliament by MP Aung Kyi for Nyaung Oo Township Constituency on July 18 whether the government has any plan to stop legal and illegal logging in Myanmar's forests.

Aye Myint Maung, the deputy minister for the ministry replied that the government will totally stop timber exports in logs by April 1st next year and cut timber production by 48 per cent in coming years.

He also added that illegal logging and exports caused widespread deforestation in Myanmar's forests mentioning that there are those who take advantage of unstable conditions in border areas as one of the main reasons for the deforestation.

Mobile Inspection Teams along the border areas also say most of the illegal logs went to China through 20 illegal routes and most seizures were made on these routes.


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