12 September 2019
A Donation Ceremony of Forest Fire Vehicles and Computers took place in Nay Pyi Taw on Thursday.
The Korea Forest Service and Asian Forestry Cooperation Organization (AFoCO) Secretariat donated Forest Fire Vehicles and Computers to Myanmar Forest Department aiming to promote forestry education, forest fire management scheme, forest monitoring and management mechanism of Myanmar.
Director, Forest Department (Myanmar), Khin Maung Win said “Korea Forest Department donated 4 Forest Fire Vehicles and 24 sets of computers to Myanmar Forest Department. We have been implementing 10 years Myanmar reforestation project since 2017. At the time, we have some issues for natural forest fire especially in dry season. So, we are planning to build the camps in important areas for forest fire protection and we will apply those donated Forest Fire Vehicles as well.”
Korea-Myanmar forestry cooperation has been over 20 years since the Korea-Myanmar Forestry Cooperative Committee was formed in 1999. And the achievement of the cooperation is the establishment of ASEAN-Korea Forest Cooperation Regional Education and Training Centre in Myanmar.
Minister, Korea Fire Service, Excellency Mr. Kim Jae Hyun said “The purposes are largely to celebrate the ceremony for the donation of the fire vehicles and to take a view of forest project site and Regional Education and Training Centre. Korea Fire Service will continue to work together with both Myanmar government and AFoCO in reforestation and forest disaster managements.”
The agreement on ASEAN-Korea Forest Cooperation (AFoCO) was gained in 2012 and under the agreement, ASEAN-Korea Forest Cooperation Regional Education and Training Centre (AFoCO RETC) project area set in Hmawbi Township of Yangon Region as one of the landmark programmes.
The RETC establishment was finished in 2017 and training courses for the attendees from member countries are being conducted since 2018.
Executive Director, AFoCO Secretariat, Mr. Chencho Narbu said “This is the big achievement for AFoCO and the organizations and Myanmar Government as the host country. We are very delighted to have that here. Secondly, in terms of the projects over the years from 2012 to 2016, a number of country led regional and landmark project have been implemented. And RETC establishment is a part of the landmark project.”
A Donation Ceremony of Forest Fire Vehicles and Computers by KFS and AFoCO Secretariat will be a milestone of the collaboration of forest department, AFoCO and KFS and it will assure to fulfill the needs of forestry sector in Myanmar.
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