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  • Impacts of the Laos Log and Sawnwood Export Bans

    In May 2016, the Government of Lao PDR enacted a Prime Ministerial Order (PM15) which, along with other commitments, aimed to help control the country’s high deforestation rates...

  • REDD+ at the crossroads: Choices and tradeoffs for 2015-2020 in Laos

    This study examines key choices and tradeoffs that confront current efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) in Laos. Drawing on key inform...

  • Drivers of Forest Change in the Greater Mekong Subregion

    This paper has been developed to investigate drivers of change affecting forests - both positive and negative. Each driver and its causal factors influence forest change in Thai...

  • Myanmar Forest Information and Data (2011 Update)

    According to the U.N. FAO, 48.3% or about 31,773,000 ha of Myanmar is forested, according to FAO. Of this 10.0% ( 3,192,000 ) is classified as primary forest, the most biodivers...

  • Forest Investment Program Lao PDR

    Laos is a pilot country of the Forest Investment Program (FIP), a targeted programme of the Strategic Climate Fund (SCF), which is one of two funds within the framework of the W...

  • Forest Conversion in Lao PDR: Implications and Impacts of Expanding Land Investments

    This policy brief examines the institutional and legal framework surrounding forest conversion in Lao PDR, giving special consideration to the social, environmental, and legal i...

  • From REDD+ projects to ‘jurisdictional REDD+’: more bad news for the climate and communities

    For many people, REDD+ is about projects that save forests. In reality, however, REDD+ has never been about protecting forests and also no longer really is about projects but ab...

  • What can Indigenous Peoples, local communities and women expect from Global Climate and Forests Funds in terms of their rights? An introduction and comparison of Safeguards and Participation Mechanisms

    As a result of the regime on ‘Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation and enhancing forest carbon stocks’ (REDD+) adopted by the UN Framework Convention on ...

  • The most cost-inefficient tree-saving scheme ever: The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility

    In August 2012, the Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank published a review of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF). The review revealed some serious problems...

  • The struggle over Lao PDR’s forests: New opportunities for improved forest governance?

    The forests of Lao PDR have dramatically diminished in recent decades. The main drivers of deforestation are changes in land use with forests being converted to agriculture, hyd...

  • What is REDD+?

    Degradation and deforestation of the world’s tropical forests are cumulatively responsible for about 10% of net global carbon emissions. Therefore, tackling the destruction of t...

  • The REDD Desk Statistics: Laos

    Review of forestry and forestry-based economic activities in Laos, with statistics.

  • Forest Cover Changes in Lao Tropical Forests: Physical and Socio-Economic Factors are the Most Important Drivers

    Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) has been experiencing significant forest depletion since the 1980s, but there is little evidence to demonstrate the major causes and under...

  • Forest monitoring designed for action

    Discover the world’s forests through data Explore over 100 global and local data sets to learn about conservation, land use, forest communities, and much more. This page intr...

  • Use Hansen high-res forest cover maps wisely, experts say

    At a glance: New paper by Hansen et al., can visualize changes in forest cover at 30m resolution Can help country experts or researchers to better assess forest cover and...

  • Even as more new species are found, Southeast Asia is in the grip of a biodiversity crisis

    Rich in wildlife, Southeast Asia includes at least six of the world’s 25 “biodiversity hotspots” – the areas of the world that contain an exceptional concentration of species, a...

  • Drivers Affecting Forest Change in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS): An Overview

    The study had two main thrusts: 1. To assess the positive and negative drivers affecting forests in the GMS 2. To propose a regional action plan to tackle the negative drive...

  • Land degradation in Laos: Materiality and discourses

    Building on recent debates related to environment change an knowledge production, this paper examines the social construction and political outcomes of the current official disc...

  • Ecosystems in the Greater Mekong: Past trends, current status, future possibilities

    The Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS: Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and Yunnan and Guangxi in China) is undergoing unprecedented changes. Many of these are positiv...

  • Forests and Forestry in the Greater Mekong Subregion to 2020

    In the 12 years since the first Asia-Pacific Forestry Sector Outlook Study was completed in 1998, the region has experienced tremendous changes in nearly every aspect. These cha...

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