Maldives Policy

Asia-Pacific Forestry Sector Outlook Study II Working Paper Series

Asia and the Pacific are undergoing rapid social and economic transformation. This has important implications on forests and consequently on societal welfare. What happens to forests and biodiversity will be largely determined by what happens outside the
forests – within the country, the region and at the global level. The demand for forest products is increasing rapidly, and notwithstanding ongoing efforts to manage forests sustainably, deforestation and degradation persist in most countries. Changes in demography and
economic performance including structural changes and environmental changes within countries and outside will have a collective impact on forests and forestry. Understanding what may happen under different scenarios is critical to design appropriate interventions to
improve the situation and to address the emerging opportunities and challenges.