Natural forest formations



Forest cover map

As a result of great variation in rainfall, temperature, soil and topography, there are many different forest types in Myanmar. Tropical evergreen forests occur in high rainfall areas in the south of the country. Hill and temperate evergreen forests are found in the eastern, northern and western regions at elevations over 900 m. The forest types change to deciduous and then to dry forests along a line from the edge to the middle of the country as a result of decreasing rainfall. The types described below are known as the Burma Standard Types (Kermode, 1964).

The above map is an extract from the Global Forest Cover map produced as part of FRA 2000. Please refer to FRA Working Paper 19 for a background to the production of the map.

The designations employed and the presentation of material in this publication do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.

Map source: Global Forest Resources Assessment 2000, base map: ESRI

last updated:  Wednesday, December 14, 2011