The Lower Mekong basin is a globally important ecoregion that encompasses an incredibly high diversity of forest habitats. Loss and degradation of natural forests in the middle-income countries of the region have displaced the growing demand for timber to the least developed countries of the region, and illegal logging practices and actors have followed. COVID-19 may also create an opening to relax law enforcement to the extent of enabling large-scale illegal activities and fraudulent practices, while the attention is focused on immediate economic impacts. The session features a lively discussion around forest crime and the pressure on forests in the region.

This session hosted by UNREDD aired on June 5th, 2020 at the GLF Bonn Digital Conference.

Addressing forest crime through improved governance in the post COVID-19 recovery

Publisher: GLF

Language: English

Year: 2020

Ecosystem(s): Forests

Location(s): Asia

  • Tin Htun

    Deputy Director-General, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, Myanmar

  • Thaung Naing Oo

    Director, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, Myanmar

  • Chen Jie

    Specialist, Center for International Forest Products Trade, National Forestry and Grassland Administration, China

  • Per Fredrik Ilsaas Pharo

    Co-Director, International Climate and Forest Initiative, Ministry of Climate and Environment, Norway

  • David Ganz

    Executive Director, RECOFTC

  • Ben Vickers

    Regional Programme Officer for Asia-Pacific, FAO/UN-REDD

  • Mario Boccucci

    Head, UN-REDD Programme



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