There was a guide line for reforestation (e.g. for teak). Every year, only 1/40th of the teak trees can be cut down for local use and export. An equal number of re-planting must be made assuring that the resources will never be depleted. Moreover, the quality will not be degraded.

Many years ago, I attended a meeting at the State Timber Corporation. I was surprised and sad to learn that the reforestation rule was not being followed. Due to budget shortage (at that time), more trees were being felled every year.

During Cyclone Nargis, many large trees fell. According to some eye witnesses, large trucks came in to collect the fallen trees [for making furniture?] and left the debris for the locals to clean up.

Is it possible that the loss of trees (by nature and due to greedy persons) contributed to the climate change (e.g. flooding)?

To paraphrase an old song,
“Where have all the teak wood gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the teak wood gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the teak wood gone?
Gone to far away land
When will they ever learn?
Oh, when will they ever learn?

[Per Dr. Nyan Taw (SPHS63)] : Now gone !

[Per Dr. Nyunt Wai (SPHS63)] : What is forestry department doing now? Could there be a public participation in reforestation?

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