Forests are important in determining the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere; they absorb 2.6 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide each year, about one-third of the carbon dioxide released from the burning of fossil fuels. However, this great storage system also means that when forests are cut down, the impact is big. Did you know that a tree that weight 10,000 kg can release 14000 kg of CO2 in the air when it is cut down or burned? Deforestation accounts for nearly 20% of all greenhouse gas emissions — more than the world’s entire transport sector.
Myanmar has the third-highest annual rate of forest reduction, just behind deforestation-plagued Brazil and Indonesia, according to the Global Forest Resources Assessment 2015. The loss of such sizeable forestry could have a devastating impact, leaving the country even more vulnerable to incipient extreme weather events brought about by climate change, including more severe bouts of flooding, drought and disease. Also forests play a fundamental role in combating rural poverty, ensuring food security and providing people with livelihoods.
Since 1990 Myanmar has lost 26% of its forested area.
Speaker: Dr Maung Maung Than
Dr Maung Maung Than is the Country Director of RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests. He received his Ph.D in Environment Science, Forest Ecology from Yokohoma National University and over 3 decades of experience in forestry and natural resource management in Myanmar.
Speaker: Naw Ei Ei Min
Naw Ei Ei Min is the Director of POINT – Promotion of Indigenous and Nature Together as well as the Executive Council Member of Asia Indigenous People Pact (AIPP). With more than a decade of experience in the sector, she is committed to environmental conservation and protecting the rights of local communities and indigenous people.