Ben Hodgdon send me this paper: “A note on the FSC certification of forests in Laos” and asked me to post it on this blog.*
Ben was WWF Lao’s Forestry Coordinator and was involved with the certification of these forests from 2003 to the awarding of the certificates in 2006. As he points out, “In contrast to most of the people writing about this issue, I have actually spent a lot of time on the ground working on forestry in Laos.”
*UPDATE, 17 January 2006: A couple of days ago Ben wrote to me with a slightly amended version of his paper. “I mistakenly wrote about villagers being given the ‘bulk of the profits’ from logging, when this is not what the model calls for. I have changed this in the attached,” Ben wrote.