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Improving forest governance in the Mekong region : options for regional activities in support of national programs (Vol. 2) : Proposed activities (English)

This report identifies opportunities for regional activities to improve forest governance in the Mekong countries of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Vietnam, Thailand, and Myanmar. The major objective of the activities is to combat illegal logging and associated trade and improve forest governance in these countries. Doing so will contribute to improving livelihoods and economic development that rely on the long-term responsible and legal management of the region's forest resources. This report is based on a series of workshops and analyses that were conducted in 2009 and 2010, as well as extensive interviews with experts from national and regional programs in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, and Vietnam. Representatives from government, civil society, industry, and regional bodies such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) participated in two workshops held in Lao PDR and Vietnam. Analysis was also done to research Myanmar's potential for involvement in regional activities. The participants in the workshops and the background research highlighted numerous potential activities that will be critical to national and regional efforts to improve forest governance. The first section of the report provides an overview on governance in the forest sector and existing initiatives to combat illegal logging and associated trade. The second section outlines recommendations for regional and country-level activities to improve forest governance in the Mekong region.


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    Proposed activities

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Improving forest governance in the Mekong region : options for regional activities in support of national programs (Vol. 2) : Proposed activities (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.