In the Media
Thai experts push for forest and land tenure policy reforms
April 26, 2012
Thailand is facing pressing challenges related to natural resources and climate change, and balancing national and local benefits of conservation activities along with coordination of local and government efforts are major priorities. These issues, discussed in last year’s National Seminar, were echoed in RECOFTC’s first Policy Dialogue on Forest and Land Tenure Review and Reform held in Bangkok from 20 – 22 March, 2012, which brought together representatives from government agencies, civil society, academia, and forest communities.
While this first set of dialogues did not foster a conclusive solution for policy reform, it did provoke emotional and intellectual dialogue essential for building alliance and solutions. This platform provided the building blocks for envisioning a future, crafting a plan to get there, and carrying it out. These leaders – local, regional, and national – noted that a goal like propelling forest and land policies forward will take years to develop and advocate, and are ready to put in that hard work. Attendees agreed on the urgent need for policy reforms to ensure fair and sustainable management of shared natural resources.
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Keywords: Asia, Forest, forest policy, NGO, policy, Thailand