In Gwa Township, 19 villages and 14 000 acres are set to become community forest. During the ceremony, 18 communities received Community Forestry Certificates.
Followed by the ceremony was a visit to a community forest site, where the Embassy explored unique mangrove vegetation.
Scaling Up Community Forestry in Myanmar (SUComfor) is a three-year, NOK 20 million project funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy and implemented by Regional Community Forestry Training Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RECOFTC – The Centre for People and Forests).
The aim of the project is to support rural livelihoods through developing fundamentals for sustainable forest management. The program will support the Government of Myanmar over a period of three years (2015-2017) to double the area of community forest to around 210,000 acres (85,000 ha) through at least 100 new or revitalized community forests in around 99,000 acres (40,000 ha) of forest. This is an important step in securing inclusive and well-governed forests and tenure rights for villagers.
The Embassy would like to applaud the efforts of The Forest Department and RECOFTC, and congratulate the communities on being awarded CF Certificates!