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Stakeholders from Mekong countries discuss ideas for forest governance curriculum

Stakeholders from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar/Burma, Thailand and Vietnam met in a workshop in Laos on 8–10 January to discuss the development of academic curriculums on forest governance.

About 30 representatives of universities, forest management and forest law enforcement agencies and civil society attended the workshop on ‘Curriculum development and continuing professional development for improved forest governance' organised by the National University of Laos and the Centre for International Development Training. 

Participants assessed whether current forestry curriculums sufficiently cover governance and legality and analysed training needs. They also identified innovative curriculum projects. 

Representatives from Lowering Emissions in Asia's Forests (LEAF) shared their experiences in developing a curriculum on REDD+, which now is in use in universities, as an example of a similar approach. Participants from Vietnam, Thailand and Laos shared their experiences with VPA negotiations, now underway in all three countries.