World Rainforest Movement

Creating Poverty in Laos: The Asian Development Bank and Industrial Tree Plantations

By Chris Lang and Bruce Shoemaker.

Contents:

· Background: Forests and Rural Communities in Laos

· The Failure of the ADB’s First Plantation Project in Laos

· The ADB’s New Plantations Project in Laos: Repeating the Same

Mistakes?

BOX: The impacts of industrial tree plantations are being increasingly felt by rural communities. Eyewitness reports describe some of these impacts.

· Conclusion

Creating Poverty in Laos: The Asian Development Bank and Industrial Tree Plantations.

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