The forest problem

The forest problem

In 2002 our project faced many challenges. I was asked by GTZ to organize a workshop in Chiang Mai in order to share experiences from people working in community projects, land allocation and rehabilitation.


The main questions:

  • What are the major factors that have contributed to forest loss and degradation in Thailand?

  • What are the key policies needed to halt deforestation and forest degradation in Thailand, and to encourage forest rehabilitation?

  • How can the new constitutional emphasis on people’s rights to access forest resources be translated into realistic actions?


  • What is the role of rehabilitated forests in contributing to biodiversity conservation goals?

  • What are the conditions needed to encourage both local communities and the forest industry to become more active in forest rehabilitation programmes?

  • What are the options for creating a platform for effective participation of various stakeholder groups in policy formulation for forest rehabilitation?