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“Myanmar can become a key player in the global sustainable rubber market.”

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Sustainable Rubber

Sustainable rubber

By 2022, Myanmar is expected to be the 7th biggest rubber producer in the world, contributing almost 7% of global natural rubber production.

About the project

As part of our Sustainable Business Programme WWF is working with Myanmar’s Department of Agriculture toward creating a sustainable rubber supply chain that will benefit both nature and people. As the global market shifts toward a demand for sustainably sourced natural rubber, Myanmar has the opportunity to become a key player in the global sustainable rubber trade and for the product to become a major driver in the country’s economic growth.


Though rubber is already produced all over the country in rural communities that depend on it as a means of income, rubber production is fraught with socio-economic challenges for farmers who do not usually own their own land and depend heavily on loans. Yield is often low in quality and quantity, there is a limited access to markets and a general lack of know-how. The environmental impacts of existing rubber agriculture are dramatic too. Rubber farm expansion is contributing dangerously to deforestation in Myanmar - destroying the forests that are invaluable for both communities and wildlife.

How will we do it?

To develop a sustainable rubber sector, WWF is collaborating with the Department of Agriculture and stakeholders, including farmers, to:
  • Improve land tenure security for smallholders and ensure a participative approach to land use
  • Map High Conservation Value (HCV) forest to prevent agricultural expansion
  • Strengthen sustainable cooperatives and support farmers
  • Strengthen institutional capacity to improve access to farms and input good agricultural practices and green finance
  • Put in place traceability measures will help ensure rubber is sustainably produced
Though industrial development is critical for economic growth, if not managed responsibly it could have significant negative impacts on the natural environment and undermine the country’s long-term development. Through cleaner production practices, we have an opportunity to ensure growth whilst conserving natural resources, contributing to people’s well being, promoting innovation and helping industries to mitigate risks, cut costs and reduce water and energy use.

GOALS

Deforestation and forest conversion for rubber and other commodities is minimised in critical Dawna Tenasserim Landscape (DTL).
Land and other natural resources are managed sustainably, ensuring both forest landscape integrity and agricultural livelihoods of the communities.
Sustainable land use and conservation friendly agriculture are mainstreamed in national agricultural policies and strategies.

Milestones

November 2016
The Government of Myanmar commits to Zero Deforestation and forest conversion for rubber in High Conservation Value Areas (HCVAs)
November 2017
WWF, in partnership with the Department of Agriculture and Tanintharyi Rubber Planters and Producers Association (TRPPA) started the sustainable rubber project on the ground
February 2018
WWF and Tanintharyi Rubber Planters and Producers Association (TRPPA), signed an agreement to achieve 100% rubber sustainability by 2022
March 2018
In a speech, the Vice President of Myanmar recognised rubber sustainability and forest conservation as an important issues.
by 2020
High Conservation Value Areas (HCVAs) are mapped and mainstreamed in land use decisions of Department of Agriculture
By 2022
100% of rubber in DTL is produced sustainably

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