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Policy Brief: Drivers Affecting Forest Change in the Greater Mekong Subregion

Policy Brief: Drivers Affecting Forest Change in the Greater Mekong Subregion

08 October 2015

As Greater Mekong Subregion countries commit to expand forest cover in their Intended National Determined Contributions (INDCs), efforts to find means by which the stated goals may be achieved will be intensified. USAID LEAF and the FAO have recently completed work on a suite of studies focusing on Drivers of Forest Change in the Greater Mekong Subregion.

regional report takes stock of the status and trends in forests and forestry across the GMS, while this policy brief summarizes highlights from the studies. These individual country reports for CambodiaLao PDRMyanmarThailand and Vietnam give emphasis to both positive drivers - promoting sustainable forest management, forest conservation, afforestation and reforestation – and negative drivers - that result in deforestation and forest degradation. While negative drivers still dominate across the region, positive drivers have begun to emerge and must be cultivated for targets to be achieved.