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Workshop on Forest Trade and Market Reforms in the Mekong Region

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Workshop on Forest Trade and Market Reforms in the Mekong Region

August 21, 2008 - August 22, 2008

Bangkok, Thailand
The Regional Community Forestry Training Center for Asia and the Pacific (RECOFTC), Kasetsart University

To gain a better understanding of the dynamic relations currently governing forest trade and industry in the Mekong region. The workshop will aim to identify and champion pro-poor market and trade policy reforms by improving local capacity to better evaluate key timber wood flows and forest governance issues, and by promoting a two-tiered network to advocate for improved policy and market reforms in the Mekong region. The workshop will bring together Mekong national researchers and institutions that are willing and able to support such a network, employing a critical coalition approach.


Learning from the field…The most critical forest sector in Thailand: Forest Habitat loss
Jitvijak Supol, WWF Thailand

Transparency: Increasing smallholder benefits from increased wood trade.: Gaps in Supply chain analysis
Stephen Midgley, Salwood Asia Pacific Ltd.

How do international markets transform the Vietnamese uplands?
Phuc Xuan To, University of Toronto

Major Issues of Research Interest in Vietnam
Tan Quang Nguyen, Independent Researcher/Consultant

Cambodia Forest Management: Current Status and Issues
Hour Lim Chhun, Sustainable Livelihoods Specialist, UNDP

Cambodia: Mismanaged Natural Resources and Alternative Solutions
Pyrou Chung, Biodiversity and Grassroots Advocacy Field Coordinator, East-West Management Institute, Program on Rights and Justice (EWMI-PRAJ)

Forest Management and Timber Trade: Lao PDR
Khamla Phanvilay & Sithong Thongmanivong, National University of Laos

Commodity Chain Analysis – Experiences and Challenges
Su Yufang, Program Manager, World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF)

China Trade Trends
Kerstin Canby, Director, Forest Trade and Finance Program, Forest Trends

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