Current appeal: Protecting Myanmar’s forests
Fighting the illegal trade in timber from Myanmar
A military regime
Since the military coup in Myanmar in February 2021, the military regime has driven the country to the brink of bankruptcy. It is desperate for hard currency and is selling off the country’s natural resources, razing forests to raise the cash it needs to stay in power.
The country’s valuable teak is an extremely lucrative source of illicit income – although sanctions are in place, the regime will stop at nothing in its determination to exploit the country’s forests for profit.