Mekong Regional Conference on Tree Plantations

21-22 November 2006
Kratie, Cambodia

The conference was organised in response to growing concerns over the rapid expansion or large-scale tree plantations and their negative impacts on local communities in the Mekong region. It provided space for representatives of local communities and nongovernmental organisations to share experiences and lessons learned on the issue of large-scale tree plantations, their impacts on local people’s livelihoods, and ideas and suggestions on how to address the problems facing communities in the region.

At the closing of the conference, participants issued a “Statement of Unity”, which highlighted the “many common elements in how plantations impact communities across the region” and the need to support the “different ways that local people adopt to secure and defend their rights.”

Statement of Unity (pdf)


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Cambodia: Mekong Regional Conference on Tree Plantations
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Articles by Chris Lang

Oxfam Great Britain (Cambodia)

NGO Forum on Cambodia

World Rainforest Movement (WRM)