The workshop aimed to raise awareness among the social and indigenous groups on forest governance and the High Conservation Values (HCV) concept in the forestry sector. It also served as a platform for social NGOs and community-based organisations to share their opinions.
In Indonesia, implementation of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement with the EU has contributed to a decline in illegal logging but some more intractable problems have yet to be effectively addressed, including high levels of corruption and a lack of understanding of, and control over, the small-
Lao PDR has taken some steps to tackle illegal logging, which is prevalent in the country, but these remain limited to date. Fundamental governance reforms will be needed to improve transparency and accountability in the country’s forest sector.