Forest Change in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS)

An Overview of Negative and Positive Drivers

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This report presents forest changes in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) over a period of 25 years between 1990 and 2015. It describes key drivers that have affected these changes and attempts to address the fundamential question of what drives these changes by focusing on drivers impacting the GMS forestry sector in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam.




This report has discussed the negative and positive drivers of forest change in the GMS, a region that is dynamic and rapidly changing. Population growth, high rural populations in most GMS countries and at the same time urbanization, significant socio-economic progress and shifts towards more diversified market-based economies are common characteristics of all the GMS countries. The divergent economic, cultural, social and historical values pose variable degrees of threat to the environment and particularly forests.


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