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Conflict-sensitive forest governance in Myanmar

Helping to ensure peaceful and sustainable development

We are building stronger relationships between civil society, government and the private sector to help ensure Myanmar’s forests are managed and governed in a way that promotes peaceful and sustainable development in the country.

There is a complex relationship between violent conflict and deforestation in Myanmar. Any sustainable, long-term effort to tackle the illegal timber trade and to reduce poverty must be done in a way that doesn’t exacerbate existing tensions. This includes putting in place essential safeguards to make sure national processes are inclusive, participative and informed about local conflict dynamics.

In particular, greater effort is needed to understand the potential conflict implications of the Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) voluntary partnership agreement (VPA), which aims to reduce illegal logging by strengthening sustainable and legal forest management, and improve governance.

We are advising, accompanying and building the capacity of key government departments, businesses and civil society, so they can better implement governance and market reforms through the FLEGT VPA negotiations between the European Union and the government of Myanmar.

In doing so, we hope to help reduce deforestation caused by the illegal use of forest resources, benefit poorer communities who depend on the forests for their livelihoods and promote greater peace in Myanmar.