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Community Based Forest Management in Cambodia and Laos

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Braeutigam, D. 2003, "Community Based Forest Management in Cambodia and Laos: Frame conditions, selected examples and implications" Working Paper 03, MRC-GTZ Cooperation Programme.


  • GTZ - now Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
  • Mekong River Commission for Sustainable Development


MRC-GTZ Cooperation Program - Community Forestry 

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  • This document describes the differences and similarities between Laos and Cambodia with respect to community based forest management in their countries. 
  • The author discusses the frame conditions that have lead to successful community based approaches to sustainable forest management and conservation within the countries' overall decentralization efforts. 
  • The first community based reforestation initiative in Cambodia took place in 1991 and the first in Laos took place in 1994. 
  • For Cambodia, the author describes the financial incentives for reforestation and encourages that under the Forestry Law, the government use financial support schemes and resource tax exemptions to stimulate reforestation. The author also recommends investment in community based enrichment planting to rehabilitate degraded forests. 
  • In Laos, community based reforestation projects have been initiated by the Industrial Tree Plantation Project (ITPP) and the Forest Conservation and Afforestation Project (FORCAP). Reforestation was included in the nation's Forestry Strategy to the Year 2020 (developed in 1997).
  • The authors describe that there is much room for increase in and improvement of benefit sharing agreements between the communities and the local government.

Geographical Region

  • Mainland Southeast Asia
  • Country

  • Lao PDR
  • Cambodia
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