Journal article

Forest and plantation development in Laos: history, development and impact for rural communities

S Phimmavong, B Ozarska, S Midgley, R Keenan

INTERNATIONAL FORESTRY REVIEW | COMMONWEALTH FORESTRY ASSOC | Published : 2009

Abstract

This paper presents a historical review and overview of the Lao forest sector. Previous research and forestry related policy documents of Laos indicate that forest management has evolved through six stages. Initially, natural forests were used by local people for basic needs. Little was destroyed or degraded. The second stage was greatly influenced by French colonisation. The third was a period when natural forests made major contributions to national economic growth, when natural forests were increasingly and widely harvested. Remaining phases involved growing criticism of Lao forest management practices from international organisations and the Laos National Assembly. Recently, private inve..

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