Participants of the workshop came from institutions and organizations involved in social forestry in Myanmar such as FRI, Center for People and Forest (RECOFTC), Myanmar Environmental Rehabilitation-Conservation (MERN), Forest Department, Extension Division, and leaders of community forestry. Dr. Ei Ei Hlaing of FRI facilitated the workshop.
The proposed project was crafted as a result of the validation of gap analysis at the level of the AWG-SF Plan of Action, and at the level of the national agenda presented by SEARCA team, led by Ms. Amy Lecciones.
Dr. Thaung Naing Oo, AWG-SF Leader of Myanmar, highlighted the importance of NTFP research in advancing social forestry in Myanmar. The proposed project is in-line with the priorities of the national government and will become the baseline for the development of NTFP industry in various agro-ecological zones. Further, the result of the proposed project can serve as recommendation for policy makers. (Xyrus Godfrey B. Capiña)