WORKSHOP ANNOUNCEMENT - APFNet Workshop on Forest Rehabilitation and Management (2-15 July, 2018 Kunming City, China)

Updated:2018/3/8 17:52:09

INTRODUCTION

APFNet’s thematic workshops

The Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation (APFNet), as an international organization, has dedicated to promoting and improving sustainable forest management and rehabilitation in the Asia-Pacific region. One of the main thrust of APFNet is to strengthen the human resource capacity, which is being accomplished through a number of thematic workshops aimed to enhance knowledge especially through sharing of experience gained within and outside the Asia-Pacific region.

Over the past decade, APFNet through its Kunming Training Center has organized thematic training workshops on two themes namely (a) Forest Resource Management and (b) Forestry and Rural Development and hitherto 20 such workshops have trained more than 300 professionals from 22 member economies in Asia-Pacific Region. These training workshops have become important platforms for knowledge sharing and strengthening inter-economy collaboration in promoting regional sustainable forest management.

In order to enhance a networking of forestry professionals through this thematic training programme. On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of APFNet in Year 2018, APFNet-KTC will continually organize biannual workshops on the specific themes (1) Forest Rehabilitation and Management and (2) Forestry and Rural Livelihood Development with the mission of adding green for Asia-Pacific.

APFNet Workshop on Forest rehabilitation and management

In order to provide a better understanding of how degraded forest could be rehabilitation in a sustainable way at the site/landscape level, APFNet-KTC will organize the first APFNet Workshop on Forest Rehabilitation Management during July 2 to 15, 2018 in Kunming City, Southwest China.

This workshop is designed for forestry policy makers, planners and managers, specifically working on forest rehabilitation and sustainable forest management in the Asia and Pacific economies. Depending on availability of funds, the total number of invited participants will be limited to 15 from APFNet member economies.

Objectives

The main objectives of the Workshop are to:

1. Analyze the current status of rehabilitation of degraded forests, the main drivers of degradation and future scenarios for forest rehabilitation in the Asia-Pacific region.

2. Identify the current challenges and/ or key issues of degraded forest rehabilitation in terms of policy, institutional, ecological, technical and socio-economic aspects in the Asia-Pacific economies;

3. Share experience and lessons learnt from forest rehabilitation and management from the Asia-Pacific economies; and

4. Enhance knowledge and skills in the formulation and implementation of forest rehabilitation programmes and projects.

Main Topics/Areas

The Workshop will attempt to provide a broad analytical framework to assess the current state of forest rehabilitation specifically focusing on the following:

• An overview of degradation, deforestation and rehabilitation, including drivers of degradation and how forest transition has been accomplished.

• Policy and institutional aspects of rehabilitation.

• Forest governance and rehabilitation  

• Ecological aspects of rehabilitation and the development in the science and technology of forest rehabilitation

• Landscape approach to forest rehabilitation

• Social dimensions of rehabilitation

• Climate change mitigation and adaptation and forest rehabilitation

• Economic aspects of forest rehabilitation.

Debates and discussions during the Workshop will generate more questions and encourage critical thinking and analyses aimed to provide practical solutions to the problems of forest land degradation.

WORKSHOP STRUCTURE AND TRAINING APPROACH

The workshop structure is designed to provide the maximum learning opportunity to the invited participants and the entire thrust will be on dialogue, group work, discussions and field observations.

Thematic lectures:

Invited experts will provide an in-depth assessment of different aspects relating to forest rehabilitation and management focusing on the main themes.

Participant presentation:

Participants will make presentations which will outline experience in implementing forest rehabilitation at the economy level or at the programme or project level;

Group work and discussions:

Group discussions including panel discussions and argument will be an integral component of the workshop and all participants are encouraged to actively participate in these. As part of the group work participants will be required to develop a draft model programme for forest rehabilitation.

Field trip:

Field trip forms an integral component of the workshop providing the participants an opportunity to see how forests are managed in Cambodia and the ongoing efforts to rehabilitate and sustainably manage forests.

WORKSHOP OUTPUTS

The Workshop is expected to significantly enhance the knowledge of forestry professionals in designing policies and programmes helping to improve the contribution of degraded forest rehabilitation and sustainable forest management. Participant’s papers will be edited and published as an important information sharing source for future initiatives and development efforts; it will be disseminated on both APFNet and APFNet-KTC websites at the same time. In addition, a synthesis report as another important workshop output with summarized key issues from workshop discussion will also be accessible to a wider audience.

PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS AND APPLICATION PROCESS

Eligibility

The Workshop is open to senior policy makers and planners involved in different aspects of sustainable forest management specifically addressing rehabilitation/ restoration of degraded forest ecosystems. Meanwhile, female participants are fully welcome in order to ensure a better gender balance.  

Those who have attended APFNet Thematic Workshops during the last 3 years need NOT apply.

Requirements

Being a highly interactive programme, the following aspects need to be given particular attention while selecting Workshop participants:

• Participants should have work experience in forest rehabilitation and management;

• Able to actively participate in the debates, discussions and field trips; and

• Provide a detailed participants’ paper outlining the different aspects of forest rehabilitation experience in their economies, which will be presented during the Workshop. The guidance of the participants’ paper is given as ANNEX II.

Important dates

• Application for participation should be received not later than 5 April 2018.

• For invited workshop participants, a participants’ paper will require to be submitted not later than 30 May, and Power-points for presentation to be provided by 15 June 2018.

Costs of Participation

For the invited participants, APFNet will cover the costs associated with the Workshop including a round-trip economy class airfare for international travel, a full-board accommodation, costs of field trips and a small amount of per diem to cover sundry expenses. Participants/sponsoring agencies will have to bear all other costs including costs of domestic travel, visa application and personal expenses etc.

Administrative arrangements

Detailed instructions on international travel, hotel accommodation, venue of the Workshop and other logistical arrangements will be sent to all the invited participants in due course. Besides, please make sure that selected participants’ passports should be valid for at least 6 months from the commencement date of APFNet Workshop, and an official passport is highly recommended because most economies from the Region especially Southeast Asia and South Asia are visa free to enter to China.

CONTACT INFORMATION

For further details about the course and the various arrangements please contact:  

Ms. PAN Yao

Programme Officer, APFNet-Kunming Training Center

Southwest Forestry University

#300 Bailongsi, Kunming City 650224, Yunnan Province, China

Email: apfnetktc@apfnet.cn

Tel: (+86) 871 63862840 (office)      (+86) 136 296 35 716 (cell)  

Ms. ZHANG Wanjie

Programme Officer, APFNet-Kunming Training Center

Southwest Forestry University

#300 Bailongsi, Kunming City 650224, Yunnan Province, China

Email: apfnetktc@apfnet.cn

Tel: (+86) 871 63862860 (office)      (+86) 136 887 10 596 (cell)            


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