Working towards greater community control over land, forests and natural resources

LIWG Statement on Forest Tenure Rights

LIWG, Nov 30,2012

On Sunday December 2nd 2012 the Forest Day 6 will take place in Doha, Qatar. The LIWG wants to use this opportunity to release a tatement on Forest Tenure Rights. Securing community forest tenure rights supports sustainable forest management and reduces greenhouse gas emissions from forest loss. However, tenure rights are currently extremely weak in Laos, particularly in rural areas, and there is an urgent need to improve them. Reassessing forest tenure rights is essential for international mechanisms such as REDD+ and FLEGT to be successful, as well as achieving the nationally stated goal of increasing national forest cover to 55% by 2015 and 70 by 2020.

For the full statement in English, please click here.

For the full statement in Lao, please click here.

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