Evolving role of civil society to improve forest governance in the Mekong region

Nov 30
1:30 p.m. ICT, Online, Zoom, Invitation Only, Meeting is in English


The Voices for Mekong Forests (V4MF) will host the project’s closing event on 30 November 2021.

The European Union (EU) funded the V4MF project with the goal to strengthen civil society’s contributions for improved forest governance in the Mekong region. The project started in 2017 and will end in December 2021. 

The project will celebrate the progress achieved to advance forest governance in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam, and it will highlight future perspectives to sustain the promising outcomes in its final virtual event.  


  • Introduction
  • Opening remarks by EU Delegation to Thailand and RECOFTC
  • Overview of the V4MF project 
  • Evaluation of project achievements and shortcomings
  • Sharing findings from a study analyzing the perceived effectiveness of environmental civil society networks in the Mekong region and Congo Basin
  • Perspective of civil society’s role in the governance of forest landscapes in the Mekong region

RECOFTC has been leading the project in partnership with WWF-Greater Mekong, the East-West Management Institute-Open Development Initiative (EWMI-ODI), Preferred by Nature, the NGO Forum on Cambodia, the Lao Biodiversity Association, the Myanmar Environment Rehabilitation-conservation Network (MERN), Raks Thai Foundation and People and Nature Reconciliation (PanNature).

EU’s support for V4MF is part of its wider promotion of sustainable forest management and biodiversity conservation. Its commitment to strengthening the role of non-state actors in forest governance aligns well with best practices arising from the EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan on illegal logging and associated trade, and from the UN-led REDD+ initiative. The EU FLEGT Action plan aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the forest sector to help address climate change. 

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This event is organized with the financial support of the European Union. Its content is the sole responsibility of RECOFTC and does not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.