Mekong Region Land Governance Project

Strengthening Customary Tenure Rights in the Forest Law (2018) and Draft Forest Rules in Myanmar

Strengthening Customary Tenure Rights in the Forest Law (2018) and Draft Forest Rules in Myanmar
This discussion note is the result of consultations with civil society and local communities and the Forest Department in Myanmar for the revision of the draft Forest Rules, specifically focusing on customary tenure. It is a synthesis of the recorded comments and recommendations from the consultations made in various states and regions and is supported by additional analysis of the Forest Law. This review has demonstrated the clear need to revise both the draft Forest Rules, and, more importantly, the Forest Law to be more in line with the National Land Use Policy which recognises customary tenure rights. The note details that local communities must be placed at the centre of forest policy in Myanmar, in order for forests to be more sustainably and productively managed, particularly in light of the upcoming umbrella National Land Law, and offers detailed recommendations and opportunities to address these issues and the need for future forest policy to be inclusive of diverse customary tenure systems.

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