Green Economy Transitions in the Least Developed Countries: Multi scale Analysis of Energy and Forest Use in Laos and Cambodia (GET-LDC)

The purpose of this research project is to understand the inter linkages between the energy and forestry sectors and how they relate to the triple goals (low-carbon development, resource efficiency and social inclusiveness) of a green economy in Laos and Cambodia. In Finland, different green economy approaches have been discussed and researched mainly in the context of the industrialized countries. Thus, there is a clear need to bridge this gap by founding research on the green economy’s implications in developing countries. This research would be path-breaking internationally because there is little solid and empirically based research conducted on how the green agenda translates into natural resources management policies in economies that are heavily resource dependent, and especially in the LDCs that see their development path dependent on intensive resource extraction.

The research will contribute to both Finnish and international academic communities. In addition, the research would bear policy relevance for Finnish development cooperation. The new Finnish Development Policy emphasizes simultaneously the inclusive green economy and sustainable management of natural resources and environmental protection. These form two of the four guiding principles for development cooperation.

Project partners:

  • Viikki Tropical Resources Institute (VITRI), University of Helsinki-Professor Markku Kanninen
  • Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP)
  • National University of Laos (NUOL)

GET-LDC is a 4 year project (2014-2018) funded by the Academy of Finland.




 ​Project Staff:


Jyrki Luukkanen
Project leader


Mika Korkeakoski

Noora Vähäkari
Project Researcher



Sustainable Development Futures​ (SDF) Research Group conducts energy and climate research and designs and implements capacity-building in the developing regions of the world.