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CSOs Ask to Be Heard in Timber Trade Talks With China

A network of some 150 civil society organizations (CSOs) have called for their voices to be heard in bilateral timber trade talks between Burma and China supported by Western aid agencies.

The groups expressed concern about a lack of attention being paid to those who would be most affected by the projects, expected to benefit the Myanmar Timber Enterprise, a subsidiary of the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry that is in control of harvesting rights.

By Nyein Nyein

Yangon, Myanmar, January 29, 2016

Irrawaddy

A network of some 150 civil society organizations (CSOs) have called for their voices to be heard in bilateral timber trade talks between Burma and China supported by Western aid agencies.

The groups expressed concern about a lack of attention being paid to those who would be most affected by the projects, expected to benefit the Myanmar Timber Enterprise, a subsidiary of the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry that is in control of harvesting rights.

The CSOs sent a letter to the US-based Blue Moon Fund foundation and Britain’s Department for International Development on Tuesday, stating: “We are very concerned about the nature of these non-transparent bilateral dialogues, which have been facilitated by the Chinese-NGO Global Environmental Institute. We, as affected and concerned civil society in [Burma], have not been consulted, even though the discussions have great import for the people living in and around and dependent on forest-based resources in [Burma].”

A network of some 150 civil society organizations (CSOs) have called for their voices to be heard in bilateral timber trade talks between Burma and China supported by Western aid agencies.

The groups expressed concern about a lack of attention being paid to those who would be most affected by the projects, expected to benefit the Myanmar Timber Enterprise, a subsidiary of the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry that is in control of harvesting rights.

The CSOs sent a letter to the US-based Blue Moon Fund foundation and Britain’s Department for International Development on Tuesday, stating: “We are very concerned about the nature of these non-transparent bilateral dialogues, which have been facilitated by the Chinese-NGO Global Environmental Institute. We, as affected and concerned civil society in [Burma], have not been consulted, even though the discussions have great import for the people living in and around and dependent on forest-based resources in [Burma].”

 

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