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Regional Workshop on Sustaining Teak Forests in Mekong Basin

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Convened by the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and organized in cooperation with the Forest Research Institution of Myanmar and AFoCO, the 4-day Regional Workshop on Sustaining Teak Forests in Mekong Basin was held at the AFoCO RETC in Myanmar from 24-27 September. 6 key recommendations on the sustainable development of the teak-based forest sector transpired from the dialogues and discussions made at the workshop:

 1. Enhance the in-situ and ex-situ conservation of teak genetic resources;
 2. Prove silvicultural aspects of teak plantations;
 3. Promote the engagement of smallholders and communities;
 4. Promote value chains for teak timber and timber products;
5. Strengthen the sustainable supply and consumption of teak timber and timber products; and
 6. Encourage the formulation of sustainable global teak strategies and recommended actions;

The sustainable management of teak forests in the Mekong Basin will help create jobs for the young generation, generate income for smallholders, and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). On the last day, participants visited the Teak Plantation in Taikkyi Township and the Wood-based Industry factory of Myanmar Timber Enterprise in Insein Township to learn about natural teak forest management, teak plantation establishment, and sustainable wood industries.