APFNet’s Workshop on Forest Resources Management (November 8-19, 2010)

Updated:2013/5/16 14:53:24



Forests provide multiple functions and their capacity to sustain livelihoods, support social and community development, address climate change, maintain biodiversity and provide other benefits depends significantly on how they are managed.

Sustainable forest management (SFM) aims to ensure that derived goods and services meet present as well as future needs over the long term. The concept also encompasses aspects of conservation and use. Moreover, it requires a comprehensive legal system, strong governance and sound policies - aspects which are often weak in the Asia and Pacific region. Such weaknesses slow the progress towards SFM and contribute to the complex and varied causes which lead to severe forest degradation, deforestation, illegal activities and associated trade. To address these issues and to promote sound management of forest resources, countries and organizations are making concerted efforts to improve forest law compliance and governance in the region.

This workshop marks the 4th in the series on forest resources management under APFNet’s capacity building program. Outcomes will pave the way for conducting future research and case studies. Suggestions from participants and invited speakers on course design, training methods, and outputs, for example, are appreciated. APFNet will use this information to improve its future training and capacity building programs.



The workshop seeks to identify ways to overcome the obstacles which hinder the achievement of sustainable forest management such as weak legislation, governance, policies and institutions. Based on the exchange of views, experiences, and lessons learned among countries in the region, recommendations will be made to address key issues of common concern.


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