10-year forest rehabilitation plan under way
In a bid to implement international pledges for forest cover increase and climate change mitigation in the country, the ministry is implementing the 10-year forest rehabilitation plan (from 2017-2018 to 2026-2027) , said Hla Kyaw, Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation.
Replying to the question raised by Lower House MP Lamarnaw Aung from Inganyan Constituency in lower house parliament on December 13, about whether there is a national-level plan that will promote the social status of the ethnics who are earning their living by farming, in the hilly regions, the deputy minister said: “The Forest Department at the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation has stepped up forest conservation works including the establishment of forest plantations in order to prevent deforestation and declining forest level.”
The 10-year project covers 16,714 acres of the agro-forest farming which will promote the lives of people living their earning by slash-and-burn farming, and 770,332 acres of local community-owned forest plantation.
For sustainable forest and ecological restoration, Asia Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Forest Rehabilitation- (APFNet) implemented South East Asia Mountain Forest Conservation Project in Nyaunghtauk village in Naungcho Township in Kyaukme District in Shan State (North) from 2013 to 2015, in cooperation with Forest Department and Forest Research Department.
As part of the west region agro-business development project for which the Rural Area Development Department will serve as a focal ministry, both the ministry and International Fund for Agricultural Development will implement the sloping farming project in Mindat and Kanpetlet Townships in Chin State from 2019-2020 and 2024-2025, the deputy minister added.