Workshop on Enhancing Forest Governance for Asia and the Pacific in the Context of Timber Legality Verification (2nd - 13th July 2015)

Updated:2015/7/22 11:34:53


Every year, a significant proportion of the world’s timber is harvested, transported, processed and traded in violation of laws. Illegal logging and associated timber trade have far reaching multi-dimension consequences, including loss of biodiversity and habitats, political instability, increasing income disparities and market distortions. It is particularly troubling developing economies, where millions of poor and vulnerable dependent upon forests for livelihoods and security, but are at risk of from being economically and ecologically harmed by deforestation and degraded forest resources.

In the view of regulating international trade of timber and forest products, in addition to improved forest resource management, tremendous endeavors have been made at international community as well as regional and domestic level, through political processes and technology advances, among which, verification of legally sourced timber and forest products has now drawn much attention and gaining more popularity. Government promotion of legal systems( like Timber Legality Assurance System (TLAS) under the EU FLEGT VPA process,Lacey Act Amendment and EU Timber Regulation ), and application of third party verification tools(such as RainforestAlliance’s VLO, VLC system) , on halting illegal logging at present stage, to some extent, are pushing forest governance forward, especially legal and policy framework improvement for forestry and institutional adjustment for related sectors, which underlies the root for sustainable forest management and to address illegal logging and associate trade.

Asia Pacific, the most dynamic and diverse region, is the home to half of the world’s poor, and accounts for 53% of global forested area and 80% of global trade in forest products, meaning huge potential of forestry adding values to regional development, and meanwhile challenges encountered when regional exchange is getting frequent with increasing values.How to understand the role of timber legality verification and similar instrumentsin forest governance and forest resources management in the region requiressharing of updated information and discussion on possible ways of synergy.

In this context, a training workshop on Enhancing Forest Governance for Asia and the Pacific in the Context of Timber Legality Verification will be held, as the 7th APFNet regular training under the theme of Sustainable Forest Resource Management. The event is also organized as a capacity building project, proposed by China and approved by Experts Group on Illegal Logging and Associated Trade (EGILAT) under APEC framework, 2014.


• Provide an overview of the status quo and challenges of forest resources management, forest governance,law enforcement and timber trade in the Asian-Pacific region

• Provide a platform to discuss the timber legality issue, including definition of legality, the linkage between legality and sustainability, tools for legality verification with advantages and disadvantages

• Provide an opportunity to share the experience on forest resources management and law enforcement, and discuss possible ways to assess and improve relevant policies, as well as legal and institutional frameworks that help to strengthen forest governance

• Discuss how to strengthen the regional cooperation for better forest resources management and promote trade of legal sourced timber and timber products in the region.

Main Topics/Areas

• The dynamic of forest resourcemanagement and law enforcementglobally and  particular in Asia Pacific region;

• The challenges faced by Asia Pacific economies in improving forest law enforcement: institutionalarrangement, forest management, forest tenure, land use, weak market incentives;

• How to improve forest law enforcement in Asia Pacific region, possible each economies’ road map;

• The new market requirements and timber legality verification and how they link to  improve forest governance in timber producing;

• Various existing timber legalityverificationschemes and their basic components like definition of timber legality, chain of custody tracking, labeling, and comparison among different schemes;

• How timber legality verification affects forest governance and forest resource management, and possible future action for promoting trade of legal sourced timber and timber products in the region.

Workshop Structureand Training Approach

The training workshop is designed to provide the maximum learning opportunity to the participants and the entire thrust will be on dialogues, group work, discussions and debates. The development of the training program is underway, and will be updated to confirmed participants in due course.

Thematic lectures:

Keynote lectures will be delivered by invited resource persons and will cover topical issues /case study related to timber legality, legal framework and policy/legal system enhancement.

Participant presentation:

Participants are required to act as resource persons to make presentations of case studies/ reports related to the workshop topics.

Working groups and discussions:

During the training workshop, the participants will be involved in group work, including preparation of policy briefs, debates, role playing, etc., which is  intended to share knowledge and experience with other participants for a better understanding of how problems are addressed in divergent conditions.

Field visits:

Field visits will showcase local performance and practices of forest resources management and timber harvesting and processing after the indoor section.

Target Participants

The training workshop is open to experienced officials, policy-makers, planners and resource managers in the forest sector in the Asian-Pacific region, including APEC member economies and non APEC economies in the region, including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Nepal, Myanmar and Lao PDR. The total number of participants will be limited to 25.

Funding Preference

The training workshop will cover round-trip economy class airfare, full board accommodation, transportation of field trips and a small amount of per diem for one participant from each developing economy. Other costs including costs of domestic transport, visa and other personal expenses will be borne by participants themselves.

Other confirmed Participants will bear all the costs themselves, including accommodation (CNY330/person/day), meals (CNY140/person/day), local travel for field trip (CNY 1500/person), training fee (CNY 400/person/day), equaling CNY 12000/person(approx. USD 2000/person). This will be updated in logistic information.

List of Experts Invited

> Ms. Chen Jie

> Dr. C.T.S. Nair

> Dr. Kwame Asumadu

> Mr. Vincent van den Berk

> Mr. Xia Jun

> Mr. Xu Zhijiang

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