The event will bring to life experiences and lessons learnt from tackling the challenges micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises face to operate legally and sustainably in the forest sector in the Mekong region. The speakers will discuss ways to strengthen the technical and operational skills of small tree growers and timber processors, and how to create an enabling environment for them to contribute to forest governance, rural livelihoods and gender equality. The event will cover issues of scale, costs of compliance, gender equality, decent work and inclusive economic development.
The event will be moderated by Alexander Hinrichs, Head of Asia Regional Office, European Forest Institute. Speakers include Thomas Colonna, Forest Governance and Private Sector Expert, European Forest Institute.