Commercial agriculture expansion in Myanmar: Links to deforestation, conversion timber, and land conflicts

This report collates quantitative and qualitative data on the expansion of agribusiness in Myanmar’s forests and analyzes the role that laws and policies, and revenues generated from the sale of conversion timber, play in driving this expansion. The report also shows that the two regions where the government has allocated the most large-scale agribusiness concessions- Tanintharyi and Kachin State- are also the two regions with the greatest extent of remaining carbon-rich and biodiverse forests, most heavily populated by ethnic minorities, and the location of some of Myanmar’s most violent conflicts over land. The author argues that these two regions have differed in the extent to which land concessions for agriculture have been used to access high-value conversion timber for export markets.

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Field Value
Document type Reports, journal articles, and research papers (including theses and dissertations)
Language of document
  • English
Topics
  • Agriculture
  • Concessions
  • Forest policy and administration
  • Forests and forestry
  • Legal framework
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Myanmar
Copyright Unclear copyright
Version / Edition 1
License Creative Commons Attribution
Author (individual) Kevin Woods
Publisher Forest Trends
Publication date 2015
Date uploaded May 27, 2015, 08:37 (UTC)
Date modified January 21, 2020, 07:16 (UTC)