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

25 Jun 2020

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 featured 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.

  • 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 of, UN-REDD Programme Secretariat