Natural forests in dry zone have been degrading due to over consumption of forest products, expansion of human settlements and agricultural lands and livestock grazing activities along with increased population. Particularly, easily accessible natural forests and the forests that are close to human settlements are the most affected ones. Conservation of remaining natural forests conducted by the Dry Zone Greening Department is the systematic, cost-effective and environmentally friendly silvicultural approach to rehabilitate and upgrade the degradated forestsin a short period of time in central Myanmar dry zone area.
With the aim to implement conservation of remaining natural forests more successfully, since 2017-2018 the conservation period had been increased to 5 consecutive years from original 2-year and the activities are carried out by developing annual operational schedules.
The following table shows the total area of remaining natural forests conserved by DZGD from 1997-1998 to 2018-2019 by region.