Mekong countries meet to address drivers of deforestation

Mekong countries meet to address drivers of deforestation

Adisorn Nuchdumrong, Deputy Director, Thailand Department of National Parks, welcomes participants to the workshop

USAID LEAF and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations gathered representatives from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam for a meeting held in Bangkok from January 20 to 21, 2015 to develop national action plans on drivers of deforestation and a decision support tool on forestry and climate change policy formulation.

Representatives from participating Mekong countries presented the results of national deforestation studies. The group then developed an action plan to address drivers of deforestation and an outline for a decision support tool on forestry and climate change policy formulation. Participants benefited from the recently released ASEAN Regional Knowledge Network on Forests and Climate Change Decision Support Tool for Identifying and Addressing Drivers of Deforestation and Forest Degradation, which was developed with assistance from USAID LEAF.

“This tool will help those involved in producing policy recommendations to better understand the policy formulation process as well as provide much needed direction for those responsible for ultimately refining forest legislation and policies,” said Ms. Ratana Lakanawarakul, Director of Forest Environment Division in the Forest Conservation and Plant Research office at the Thailand Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation.”

Click here for the USAID LEAF Decision Support Tool for Identifying and Addressing Drivers of Deforestation and Forest Degradation.