Monday, August 21, 2017

ASEAN-ROK forest training centre to be ready in December

Construction of the ASEAN-South Korea Forest Cooperation Regional Education and Training Centre will be completed in December 2017 and will open in 2018, said U Tint Swe, director of the Training Research and Development Department.

“South Korea can transfer it to Myanmar officially in January. We will offer short-term courses according to an ASEAN agreement,” said U Tint Swe.

Construction of the training centre started in November 2015 in Hmawbi township, Yangon Region, and the project period is for 10 years, from 2014 to 2023, with a fund of US$6.6 million (K8.97 billion), according to a news release by the Ministry of Information.

The centre will provide courses for invited trainees from Asian countries taught by experts from foreign countries as well as Myanmar. The course subjects are still being decided, said U Tint Swe.

“Climate change and forestry administration are of great concern. Work on them cannot be done by one country. All have to perform together,” he said.

U Ohn Win, Myanmar minister of natural resources and environmental conservation, signed an agreement on the establishment of the Asian Forest Cooperation Organisation on July 31 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Seoul, Republic of Korea.

The agreement aims to reduce the effects of climate change through implementation of good technologies and sustainable forest management. Through increased cooperation between member countries in regional forestry work, technology and experience can be shared for research and development.

The Myanmar Forestry Department is cooperating with the South Korean National Arboretum to collect and record species, resource lists and flower samples.