USAID’s Grassroots Equity and Enhanced Networks in the Mekong (GREEN Mekong) and RECOFTC (The Center for People and Forests) organized the 2nd Regional Learning Group on Equitable Forest Governance from September 9 to 12 in Hue, Vietnam for 20 local government officials in the forestry sector from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.

Together the participants explored methods to address the issues with different communication tools and identify primary equity issues to focus on in their existing project sites. The group also visited Huong Loc Commune in Nam Dong District to meet with villagers who comprise the Huong Loc Commune People’s Committee. They learned about their equity and meaningful participation in community forest management that enables benefit sharing for livelihood development of community members.

The GREEN Mekong Regional Learning Group is a series of four workshops for the same members to attend in order to strengthen their individual capacity and respective agencies through exchange of social equity information, experiences and lessons learned within their countries and across the Lower Mekong region.

Source: USAID/RDMA Regional Environment Office Weekly Update