Regional Workshop on “Enhancing the Conservation and Sustainable Management of Teak Forests and Legal and Sustainable Wood Supply Chains in the Greater Mekong Sub-region”, 24-27 September 2019, Yangon, Myanmar

The first Regional Workshop on ‘Sustaining Teak Management in Mekong Basin’ was organized on 24-27 September, 2019 at Yangon, Myanmar as part of a ITTO supported teak management program entitled “Enhancing Conservation and Sustainable Management of Teak Forests and Legal and Sustainable Wood Supply Chains in the Greater Mekong Sub-region” currently under implementation in the 5 countries of Mekong sub-region with financial support of German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture. The workshop was jointly organized by International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), Japan, Kasetsart University, Thailand and Forest Department of Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, Myanmar. The Regional Education and Training Centre of the Asian Forest Cooperation Organization (AFoCO) in Hwambi, Yangon hosted the 4-day workshop in association with Forest Research Institute (FRI) of Myanmar, Cambodia’s Forestry Administration (FA), Lao PDR’s National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI), Thailand’s Royal Forest Department (RFD), Vietnamese Academy of Forest Sciences (VAFS). 

About 40 researchers and experts from 14 countries representing universities, policy makers, teak plantation managers, wood industry, international organizations, NGOs and governments participated in the workshop. 



Presentations of the First Regional Workshop


Keynote address


Conservation approaches of teak (Tectona grandis L.f.) genetic resources in Thailand

Dr. Suwan Tangmitcharoen, Forest Plantation Promotion Office,Royal Forest Department, Thailand


Sustainable Forest Management in Myanmar

 Dr. Thaung Naing Oo, Director, Forest Research Institute , Forest Department, Myanmar


Session 1: Country reports


Cambodia: Forestry Administration (FA)

Lao PDR: National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI)

Thailand: Royal Forest Department (RFD)

Vietnam: Vietnamese Academy of Forest Sciences (VAFS)



Session 2: In-situ and Ex-situ conservation of teak resources in Mekong


Teak distribution under land use and climate change and conservation implication in Mekong              Prof. Yongut Thrisurat, Kasetsart Univerisity, Thailand


Using various DNA techniques for various teak research- clonal identification and log tracking 

Dr. Anto Rimbawanto, Centre for Forest Biotechnology and Tree Improvement, Indonesia


Genetic diversity and DNA barcoding of teak in the Mekong

Dr. Tani Naoki, JIRCAS, Japan


Genetic resources of teak in Myanmar detected by cpSNP and nSSR markers

 Dr. Thwe Thwe Win, Assoc. Professor, University of Forestry and Environmental Sciences



Session 3: Sustainable management of teak forests – R & D in silviculture and best practices


Teak resource conservation in Myanmar                                                                              

Mr. U Aung Zaw Moe and Dr. Thaung Naing Oo, FRI, Myanmar


Controlled pollination for Full-Sib progeny test of teak (Tectona grandis) and tissue culture of young seeds

Dr. Saroj Wattanasuksakul, RFD, Thailand


Teak plus tree selection and its propagation techniques used in Thailand

Dr. Chumun Piananurak, Consultant #2


Effects of first thinning on growth and stem form of teak plantation in Thailand

Mr. Tosporn Vacharangkura, Consultant #5


Silviculture aspects of teak plantations in Brasil

Dr. Sylvio Coutinho, Teak Resources Company, Brazil


New incentive method for growing teak

Dr. Nir Atzmon, CEO, Greenforest Consulting Ltd.                                                                                                          


Session 4: Promoting of smallholders and communities in natural teak forests management and establishment of planted teak


ITTO Guidelines on FLR in the Tropics

Mr. Yong-tae Choi, ITTO


Myanmar:Forest plantations and community forestry in Myanmar

Mr. U Sein Moe, Asst. Director, Extension Division, Forest Department


The selection of sustainable logging systems, case study of teak plantations in Thailand 

Dr. Nopparat Kaakkurivaara, Consultant # 6


Community-based oil palm/rubber wood supply chain 

Mr. Suriyan Vichitlekarn, GTZ, Thailand


Teak studies of RFD-JIRCAS FY2006 -2020 & NAFRI- JIRCAS FY 2016-2020

Mr. OKA Hiroyasu, JIRCAS, Japan


Designing a production driven FLR program: forest communities – private sector partnerships

Dr. Martin Greijmans, RECOFTC 



Session 5: Legality and sustainability in teak supply chains in Mekong


ITTO Legal and Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative



Legality of teak in Myanmar

Mr. U Min Min Oo, Staff officer, Natural Forest and Plantation Division, Forest Department


Sustainable wood industry and certification in Thailand

Dr. Nikhom Laemsak, Kasetsart Univeristy


Forest Policy in the Mekong 


Dr. Pramod Kant, India presented by Dr. PK Thulasidas



Session 6: Value chains and demand and supply in teak


Situation and trends in world tropical timber production, trade and market

Dr Tetra, ITTO


Demand and supply of Teak in Vietnam

Dr. Dong Lam Tran, VAFS


Demand and supply of teak in Myanmar

U Kyaw Naing, Asst General Manager, Myanmar Timber Enterprise


Financial returns of different actors in a teak timber value chain in Paklayam District, Lao PDR

Mr. Vongvilay Vongkhamsao, Deputy Director, NAFRI



Key messages of the Regional Workshop

Key message


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