Strengthening the ability of smallholders in the Mekong region forest sector to operate legally and sustainably

Hybrid event

  • Location

    Coex, Seoul, Korea

  • Date

    03 May 2022

  • Time

    12:30 – 2 pm KST
    10:30 – 12 pm ICT
    5:30 – 7 am CEST

  • Organisers

    European Forest Institute
    Royal Forest Department of Thailand

  • Language



This event is held in the context of the World Forestry Congress 2022. It 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.


12:30 Setting the scene by the moderator

12:35 Testing solutions to the challenges of MSMEs: lessons learned from the Mekong region.

  • Thomas Colonna, Forest Governance and Private Sector Expert, European Forest Institute.

12:50 Thailand’s experience supporting smallholders in the forest sector.

  • Boonsuthee Jeravongpanich, Technical Forestry Officer, Forest Certification Office, Royal Forest Department of Thailand.

13:05 Social and gender analysis of FLEGT on opportunities and risks for wood processing and furniture small and medium enterprises in Lao PDR.

  • Nathalie Faure, Senior Program Officer, Governance, Institutions and Conflict Transformation, RECOFTC.

13:20 The situation and challenges of plantation smallholders in Vietnam.

  • Vu Thi Bich Hop, Chair and Executive Director, The Centre for Sustainable Rural Development.

13:35 Q&A

13:55 Wrap-up by the moderator

Moderated by: Alexander Hinrichs, Head of Asia Regional Office, European Forest Institute