Our Forests, Our Future
Since 1995, the Forestry Department has awarded renewable thirty-year community forestry permits to local communities. These permits enable local people to manage and benefit from their forests and protect their legacy for future generations. So far the Forestry Department has handed over 40,900 hectares of land to locals.
In gentle yet heartfelt tones, U Kam Shawng, of Wainemaw Township in Kachin State, describes why his community has decided to put a stop to the systematic depletion of their forests and use their permit to promote sustainable timber farming.