Dramatic forest degradation and loss in the Greater Mekong region have both their causes and potential solutions rooted in forest governance, according to a recent publication by researchers from the Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC), the University of British Columbia, and WWF. (The full publication can be found here.)
The authors found that while there are bright spots in existing forest policies and legislation, countries in the Greater Mekong have a long way to go in implementing them and reversing the trends of deforestation and forest degradation.
The existing laws and policies in these countries give reason to hope because they are generally supportive of forest protection and sustainable resource use. There is a need to work together more closely, not just between governments but also engaging and empowering non-state actors every step of the way, to ensure that these laws are being implemented and enforced to protect forests, as well as the communities and wildlife that call them home.