APFNet Workshop on Degraded Forest Rehabilitation and Management (12 - 25 July, 2019 Yunnan, China)

Updated:2019/8/1 11:29:31

Symposium on Forest Cooperation in Asia-Pacific Region

July 22-24th, 2019, Chifeng, China

I. Co-organizer

Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation (APFNet)

FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (FAO RAP)

The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO)

II. Background

Forests provide habitats and sources of livelihoods to hundreds of millions of people in Asia-Pacific region where covered by 740 million hectares of forests, being endowed with 18 percent of global forest cover . However, with the rapid socio-economic and environmental development taking place in past decades, high speed economic development and population growth have led to increasing demands and consumption of forest products, and brought immense pressure to forests and risk of losing valuable ecosystem services that forests provide.

The contribution of forests to life and human-being, as well as values for the regional prosperity have drawn increasing commitments and actions. Efforts have been made by economies and international organizations in support of forest rehabilitation and sustainable forest management (SFM) at regional, sub regional and national levels. Furthermore, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes the role of forests in sustainable development, especially SDG15 (“Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss”).

However, the implementation of SFM persists to be a challenge because deforestation and forest degradation continue in the region, which calls for more joint efforts and actions. In this context, there is an urgent need to reduce fragmentation and strengthen regional collaboration and cooperation among economies, international organizations and instruments addressing forest issues.

III. Objectives

1. To update current status of regional cooperation in supporting promote forest rehabilitation and SFM;

2. To exchange information, share experiences and foster closer cooperation among economies in the region; and

3. To form synergy in support of achieving Sydney Aspirational Goal and Goals related to Forest in 2030 SDGs.

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