Our Forest, Our Future

Our Forests, Our Future


Since 1995, the Forestry Department has awarded renewable thirty-year community forestry permits to local communities. These permits enable local people to manage and benefit from their forests and protect their legacy for future generations. So far the Forestry Department has handed over 40,900 hectares of land to locals. In gentle yet heartfelt tones, U Kam Shawng, of Wainemaw Township in Kachin State, describes why his community has decided to put a stop to the systematic depletion of their forests and use their permit to promote sustainable timber farming.

Director's Biography

Born in southern Kachin State in Myanmar in 1974, Zin Myo Sett studied English at Taunggyi University and worked as a tour guide and an interpreter for development organisations before attending Yangon Film School from 2007 to 2009. Whilst at YFS, he was cinematographer on Thiha Thwe’s Far From Home. Produced by the School’s production arm Yangon Film Services for the NGO Pyoe Pin, Our Forests, Our Future was his first documentary as a director.


February, 2011
Lifescapes Southeast Asian Film Festival
Chiang Mai, Thailand
November, 2010
Heinrich Boell Foundation conference ‘Myanmar after the Elections'
Berlin , Germany

Director's Filmography

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Our Forest, Our Future YFS