XV World Forestry Congress

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Side event
The Lower Mekong in transition – Latest trends and impacts of China on forest trade

May 4, 2022 | 6:00 PM KST - 7:30 PM KST

Conference Room 320


Forest trade in the Lower Mekong region is currently undergoing a significant shift. Viet Nam and Thailand are booming as wood processing and export hubs. Source countries like the People's Democratic Republic of Lao, Myanmar and Cambodia are transitioning to more sustainable plantation-based timber industries. China plays a key role as an export destination because of the significant domestic consumption of wood products and the size of the wood processing industry for re-export. This interview-style side event will feature insights from governments, private companies, smallholders and financial institutions across the Lower Mekong region to discuss the interface between timber market demand and efforts to make supply chains legal and more sustainable. It will also paint a vision of how a balance can be found between the growing Chinese market and supply chain actors to achieve a strong and sustainable forest industry in the region and beyond.

Convening organizations

UN-REDD Programme un-redd.org

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