Over 74 tonnes of illegal timber seized in Myanmar

YANGON (XINHUA) – Myanmar authorities have seized 74.5 tonnes of illegal timber in the southern Bago region in a week, according to a statement from the Forest Department under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation yesterday.

According to the statement, the confiscations made on December 14-20 within the area of Bago Yoma mountain range included teak, hardwood and other types of timber.

Illegal logging often occurs in the area although the authorities have outlawed all logging operations in the area of Bago Yoma mountain range for a 10-year period starting from fiscal year (FY) 2016-2017.