APFNet Workshop on Forest Rehabilitation and Management (5-18 July, 2016)

Updated:2016/7/27 16:48:26

Forest Degradation defined as “changes within a forest that affect the structure and functions of the stand or site and thereby lowers its capacity to supply products and services”, have huge negative impacts on environment and eventually influence human well-being directly and indirectly, these may include soil erosion, reduce water quality, alter the water flow, increase carbon emissions and biodiversity loss, etc. With an increase in realizing negative impacts of land degradation, numerous initiative efforts have been made at the national, regional and global level during last decades. However, the outcomes of rehabilitation efforts are highly varied based on different specific contexts. Forest restoration and rehabilitation remains a thrust area for almost all economies during the 21st century. It is in this context, APFNet workshop on Forest Rehabilitation and Management in Kunming City, Southwest China on 5-18 July, 2016 organized by APFNet-KTC as the first one training course in accordance with the five year strategic plan of APFNet Training Propgramme (2016 to 2020) and also regards as the sixteenth APFNet training workshop since 2009. The main objectives of the workshop were indicated as followed:

  • Enhance participants’ knowledge and skills in the formulation and implementation of forest rehabilitation programmes and projects;
  • Provide opportunities for participants to share their experience and lessons learnt from the rehabilitation and management of degraded forests;
  • Analyze the current status of forest restoration, main drivers of degradation and future scenarios for forest rehabilitation in the region;
  • Identify the current challenges and key issues of degraded forest rehabilitation from political, institutional, ecological, technical and socio-economic aspects.

The opening ceremony was chaired by Prof. Shen Lixin as Executive Director of APFNet-KTC, and Mr. Jiang Zhaogang, Chancellor of Southwest Forestry University, delivered his welcome remark on behalf of workshop organizers, and warmly welcomed all participants and distinguished guests from International Regional Cooperation Office of Yunnan Province, Forestry Department of Yunnan Province.

A total of 15 participants from 14 economies attended this event to provide their valuable contributions and actively interacted with resource persons to share their knowledge and experience, these economies including Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Fiji, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Peru, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam.

Tailored for regional forestry officials who have a long experience of forest rehabilitation and management, this course was elaborately designed to comprise of four interlinked segments in terms of keynote lectures, participant presentations, group work and discussion and field trip. Each segment provides the unique perspective to make the whole course a holistic approach and identify future scenarios of forest restoration and sustainable forest management in ecological, socio-economic, technological, institutional and political aspects.

In addition to indoor learning session, the field trip to Puer city help participants grabs the-first-hand experience of land use practices and how the principle of forest landscape restoration can be adopted to the practice with involvement of local stakeholders.

Group work formed a key component of the workshop and provided a learning opportunity of sharing knowledge and experience among the participants. They formed three groups and undertook an exercise of preparing a model rehabilitation project proposal to address three common situations indicated as followed:

Topic 1: Degraded forests adjoining villages that are subjected to intense human pressure.
Topic 2: Local communities practicing shifting cultivation.

Topic 3: Extensive logged over forests

Key findings

To sum up, with strong supports from Southwest Forestry University, The Forestry Department of Yunnan Province, Education Department of Yunnan Province and Yunnan International Regional Cooperation Office and international experts, APFNet Workshop on Forest Rehabilitation and Management was successfully concluded on 17th July, 2016 with a high appreciation by all participants.

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