Voices for Mekong Forest
The European Union is supporting the project ‘Voices for Mekong forests (V4MF),’ which aims to strengthen Non State Actors’ voices for improved forest governance in the Mekong region. The overarching rationale of the project is that for forests to be sustainably managed, civil society must have the capacity to organise themselves to share information, strengthen their negotiating positions and effectively present their concerns and solutions to policy-makers. The project recognises that many national, regional and global initiatives offer opportunities for NSAs to become actively involved in government-led forest landscape dialogues and decision-making processes. This project therefore leverages and contributes to these initiatives, particularly the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade - Voluntary Partnership Agreements (FLEGT-VPA) initiative and Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+), by helping to ensure they are built on multi-stakeholder processes.