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5.3.Management of forestry/forest resources in Lao PDR 21
7.Project delivery 31
7.2.Study tour 33
7.3.Progressing discussions in Lao to build on participant’s experience and transfer knowledge 35
8.Project outcomes 45
8.1.Capacity building 46
8.2.Key lessons 47
9.Conclusions and recommendations 49
10.1.References cited in report 56
The 2011 Australia–Laos Timber Chain of Custody Capacity Building Project was an initiative of the Institute of Foresters of Australia (IFAi) in collaboration with the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and the Crawford Fundii. The initiative was funded to promote the development of and improvement to aspects of sustainable forestry systems in Lao PDR.
The project would not have been possible without the logistical support and commitment of the Tasmanian Government through the Forests and Forest Industry Council (FFIC) and its Chair, Mr Rob Woolley.
The generous and broad support of Tasmanian and Queensland private and public forest managers and processors is also acknowledged. The program’s success was only achieved through the time and resources provided by forest managers, and visiting and practising experts in forest management and policy development. In particular, private forestry organisations’ support highlighted the role the private sector can play in achieving a balance between biodiversity and conservation, and profitable wood production.
We thank the following individuals and agencies who generously supported the study tour by presenting or providing access to staff, facilities or forests:
Mr Steve Whiteley, General Manager, Forestry Tasmania
Mr Graham Wilkinson, Forest Practices Authority
Mr Arnold Willems, Managing Director, Norske Skog Australia
Mr Andrew Wye, Smart Fibre
Thanks to B. Adams, law enforcement advisor DOFI; P. Fogde, managing director Burapha Agroforestry Co.; S. Midgley (Director, Salwood Asia Pacific - Services in Forestry); T. Ratanalangsy, Director, Planning Division, DOFI; X. Samonity, retired Director General MAF; and T. Vannasouk, Deputy Director Watershed Management and Protection Authority, GoL, who provided invaluable background on forests and forestry in Lao PDR.