White Apaper: Opportunities for the Development of Commercial Forest Plantations and Plantation-Based Industries in Lao PDR

11 May 2020 Authors: EU

Burgeoning regional demand for wood and wood products, accompanied by supportive legal and regulatory changes, offers opportunities for private sector investment in a modern plantations-based forest industry in Lao PDR. This study complements thorough ongoing studies and proposals by the Government of Lao PDR supported by the World Bank Group, Swedfund and bilateral donor partners such as the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). In acknowledging the many recommendations made by these other studies, the following key points are offered: