APFNet Workshop on Forestry and Rural Livelihood Development launched in Kunming City, China

Updated:2019/11/2 22:59:01

As the 23th APFNet’s thematic training workshops since 2009, the Workshop on Forestry and Rural Livelihood Development has been commenced APFNet-Kunming Training Center (APFNet-KTC) on 2nd November 2019 at Southwest Forestry University (SWFU) in Kunming City of southwest China, there are 15 participants have involved the workshop from 13 economies in the Asia-Pacific Region, including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, PNG, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.

The opening ceremony of 2nd November chaired by Prof. Shen Lixin (Director of APFNet-KTC), Mr. Xu Zhijiang (Director of International Cooperation Office, Forestry and Grassland Administration of Yunnan Province), Prof. Yang Song (Director of International Cooperation Office of Southwest Forestry University) and Dr. C.T.S. Nair (board member of APFNet and workshop facilitator/core resource person) has delivered welcome remarks.

On behalf of Forestry and Grassland Administration of Yunnan Province, Mr. Xu Zhijiang, extends the warm welcome to all the participants and experts from regional economies, he gives a brief introduction of forestry profile in Yunnan Province, and points out the coming field trip to Pu’er City will provide a good opportunity for participants sharing the experiences from China, and wishes the workshop make a great success.

Prof. Yang Song on behalf of the University (SWFU) expresses his warmest welcome to all workshop participants and thanks to the supports from APFNet and Forestry and Grassland Administration of Yunnan Province. He introduces the general profiles of the university and conveys his goodwill to co-operate with the economies in future. At last he highlighted that it’s the 23th APFNet thematic workshop provides a significant platform for sharing the knowledge and experiences in the regional economies.

Dr. C.T.S. Nair as APFNet board member and senior consultant illustrated that this workshop provide a better understanding of forests livelihood linkages and share the experience from different economies in the Asia-Pacific Region. We need to do efforts to address poverty and improve the livelihood of local communities in Region. At last he hope this workshop to be a highly productive and learning experience for everyone.

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 challenges for forestry based livelihood improvement.

The workshop was structured by four components: keynote lectures by resource persons, presentations by participants, group work & discussion and field trip, and 6 international experts will present total 10 keynote lectures beside participants ‘presentations and group discussions relevant to forestry and rural livelihood development before the field trip to Pu’er City of Yunnan Province on 9 to 12 November 2019.

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