"empowered to execute all processes of
forest and timber related certification"
Myanmar Forest Certification Committee (MFCC) grew out of the Timber Certification Committee of Myanmar (TCCM). A Myanmar Ministry of Forestry decree created the TCCM as a non-profit, non-political and impartial organization in 1998. A central part of the mandate was to carry out forest and timber certification and create an enabling environment for the sustainability of Myanmar Forests. MFCC also aims to promote market access of Myanmar forest products in the international trade. Whilst the TCCM was changed to 'MFCC' through a Ministerial Formation Order with the approval of the President's Office in 2013 – ‘Notification No. (24/2013)’, that mandate remains. MFCC's activities cover the entire forest and non-forest products, and MFCC has been empowered to execute all processes of forest and timber related certification.
The MFCC Secretariat is assisted by the MFCC Secretariat which implements day-to-day activities of the organization on behalf of its committee.
Myanmar Forest Certification Committee (MFCC) is the National Governing Body (NGB) of forest/timber certification schemes in Myanmar. Currently there are two certification schemes operating in Myanmar:
- The Myanmar Timber Legality Assurance System (MTLAS);
- The Myanmar Forest Certification Scheme (MFCS).
MFCC has the following overall responsibilities:
- supporting and coordinating the standard setting processes for both MTLAS and MFCS and ensuring our stakeholder engagement and transparency policies are followed;
- communicating and engaging with NGOs/INGOs ;
- issuing trademark usage permission;
- processing complaints, appeals and disputes related to its role as the NGB of MTLAS and MFCS;
The MFCC Committee is overseen by the Chairman, U Khin Mg Yi, who is currently a permanent secretary of Ministry of Natural Resource and Environmental Conservation, and MFCC Secretary U Barber Cho,who has had over a decade of experience in international trade and has been a long time champion of promoting SFM best practices in Myanmar.
The members themselves (currently 14 in total) comprise representatives from environmental NGOs, the Private Sector, civil society organizations, timber merchant organization, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC), and relevant Myanmar Ministries.
Previous National Myanmar FLEGT Facilitation Advisor, Mr Win is now CEO of MFCC. He has over fifty years’ experience in the forestry sector and extensive experience in stakeholder groups and Working Groups.
Thawdar has four years’ experience in roles in Forestry including project management within NGOs, and the private sector. She graduated from the University of Forestry in 2013.
Moh Moh supports management system development. She has over two years’ experience in the forestry sector in MFCC and environmental NGOs. She is a graduate of the University of Forestry in Yezin.
Htet has been working in MFCC for around 15 year, and is seconded from the Myanmar Timber Enterprise. Htet majored in Mathematics and graduated from Yangon University, Myanmar.
Aung graduated form Mandalay University with a degree in Mathematics. He has been with MFCC for over 10 years and amongst other tasks coordinates MFCC stakeholder mapping and communications.
May is a graduate of the University of Forestry in Yezin. She has four years experience in forestry and biodiversity conservation within a Plantation, Environmental Company and NGO.
Thida is a seconded ‘Range Officer’ with over 2 years experience in forestry in the Forestry Department. With MFCC supports systems development. She graduated from the University of Forestry in Yezin.