SPECIAL REPORT: EU-driven timber certification raises hopes for sustain forest management and forest dwellers’ benefits.

With Potentially high benefits at stake, Thailand is moving toward allowing the harvesting of some tree species, which is currently banned unless special permission is obtained.

Supporters say a legal amendment could help raise incomes and lead to sustainable livelihoods for forest dwellers, while also stimulating an increase in forested area to meet the national strategy of having 40 per cent of the country forested in the next 20 years.

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Piyaporn Wongruang