Teakdecking Systems (TDS) has launched a campaign to help conserve Myanmar's biological and cultural assets, and to restore forests, by donating $50,000 to The Nature Conservancy (TNC). TDS is committed to increasing awareness of this important campaign to colleagues and customers in the marine industry and is facilitating methods for donation to supporters of this important and necessary effort in Myanmar.

In Myanmar, The Nature Conservancy is working to improve forestry practices and fight illegal logging to protect some of the region’s last-remaining pristine forests, which are among the world’s most biologically rich. In January, wood specialists from TDS visited Myanmar to source wood and to meet with Dr. Tint Lwin Thaung, country director for TNC’s Myanmar programme. Topics included efforts to preserve working teak forests and support better medical care for timber elephants of Myanmar.

After several years of laying the necessary groundwork for this programme, TNC’s presence in Myanmar is now growing, thanks in part to the TDS donation. The conservation group is working to protect nearly 2.5 million acres of forests in Myanmar through a strong partnership with forestry officials and small villages, and is actively supporting efforts to plant new trees, fight illegal logging, and explore new methods of sustainable logging.

"We created this partnership with TNC to raise awareness of the active work taking place in Myanmar," explains Richard Strauss, president of Teakdecking Systems. "The last-remaining forests are being protected, emissions are being reduced, and reforestation will happen. Funding will also support the preservation of the Ayeyarwaddy (Southeast Asia's last free-flowing river) from unsustainable development.

“We are pleased that our support will benefit nature, but it also will help the people who live in Myanmar today and preserve their future. We encourage donations and have established a method to contribute directly to TNC’s efforts in Myanmar through our website. Donations can also be added to customer orders.”

Image courtesy of The Nature Conservancy

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