Strengthening network on forestry-based livelihood improvement in the Asia-Pacific Region through APFNet Training Programme

Updated:2018/11/25 10:00:34

On the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of APFNet and in line with its Five-Year Strategic Plan of APFNet Training Programme, the Workshop on Forestry and Rural Livelihood Development has been commenced in the Center for International Exchange and Cooperation at Southwest Forestry University (SWFU) on 1st November. The workshop aims to assess the linkage between forest management and rural livelihood improvement and explore the ways in which the livelihoods of rural communities might be improved through better forest management; provide an overview of the experiences and best forestry practices aimed at enhancing rural livelihood development; and analyze and assess implications of key policy, institutional and technological developments and the potentials and limitations for livelihood improvement through biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation and adaptation measures.

On the opening ceremony of 2nd November, invited guests included Prof. Guo Huijun (Chancellor of SWFU), Dr. C.T.S. Nair (APFNet senior consultant/workshop facilitator/core resource person). Xu Zhijiang (Director of International Cooperation Office, the Forestry Department of Yunnan Province), Prof. Yang Song (Director of International Cooperation Office of SWFU) and Prof. Shen Lixin (Director of APFNet-KTC). Besides, a total of 14 participants from 12 economies in the Asia-Pacific Region attend this event, these economies including Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Fiji, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.

The opening ceremony of the Workshop was chaired by Prof. Shen Lixin, and then he introduced the invited participants and the meeting agenda. Next, Prof. Guo Huijunon behalf of Southwest Forestry University (SWFU) expressed his warmest welcome to all workshop participants and gratitude to the supports from the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Forestry Department of Yunnan Province. He also highlighted that it’s important to integrate  forest management and biodiversity conservation with human livelihood improvement in the Asia-Pacific Region. The current workshop as the 21th APFNet thematic workshop provides a significant platform for promoting forest management and forestry development in a socal dimension, and helps deepen friendship and collaboration among the regional economies.

Followed by Mr. Xu Zhijiang, on behalf of the Forestry Department of Yunnan Province, he firstly extended a hearty welcome to the workshop organizer, resource persons and the representatives from the regional economies. Then he gave some background information about forestry profile of Yunnan Province and pointed out a closer collaboration with the GMS economies by means of pilot projects in recent years. He said the field trip in Pu’er City will provide a good learning opportunity for participants and grab the-first-hand information of how the livelihood of local communities can be improved through a sustainable forest management, and the communities have a strong willingness to conserve forests. At last, he wish the workshop make a great success.

Dr. C.T.S. Nair as APFNet senior consultant illustrated that a number of issues are associated with forestry and rural livelihood development in the 21th Century, and none of these issues/challenges cannot be solved at the local level. There is a need in background and experience sharing among the Asia-Pacific economies. Therefore, the current workshop is unique to provide a learning opportunity to the young officials from the regional economies, and a networking could be well-established after this event.

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