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 suggests that there is an immediate need to tackle negative drivers and concomitantly concentrated efforts are required to strengthen the positive drivers. This can only be accomplished with a clear roadmap involving the participation of multistakeholders, respecting the rights of local people and taking into consideration the various commitments of GMS countries to regional and international conventions and agreements. Almost all these actions require a continuous and integrated approach rather than serving as one-off activities.


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