APFNet Workshop on Forestry and Rural Livelihood Development (1-14 November, 2018 Yunnan Province, China

Updated:2018/11/22 15:38:45


APFNet’s Thematic Workshops

The Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation (APFNet) was established with the main mission of promoting and improving sustainable forest management and rehabilitation in the Asia-Pacific region. One of the main missions of APFNet is to strengthen the human resource capacity. This is being accomplished through a number of programmes, including thematic workshops aimed to enhance knowledge especially through sharing of experience gained within and outside the Asia-Pacific region.

In order to further strengthen the implementation of these training workshops, APFNet has developed a five year strategic plan for 2016 to 2020 with the mission of adding green for Asia and the Pacific. Accordingly every year APFNet-KTC will organize two training workshops on the specific themes (1) Forest Rehabilitation and Management and (2) Forestry and Livelihood Development. Both these themes are key priority areas for almost all the economies in the region. After receiving a high appreciation from regional participants of the previous training workshops and on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of APFNet in 2018, APFNet-KTC is continually organizing the regular training workshop on “Forestry and Rural Livelihood Development” during a period of 1st to 14th November, 2018 in Kunming City, Yunnan Province, China.

Forestry and Livelihood Development

Forests and forestry play important roles in the livelihood of people in all societies, though the nature of livelihood derived varies in time and space. An estimate by the World Bank about 1.6 billion people are directly and indirectly dependent on forests for their livelihood, and the impact of forestry development on people’s livelihood has been extremely varied; while some have helped to improve livelihoods through provision of goods and services as also income from forestry employment.

Most developing economies in the Asia-Pacific Region rely heavily on forest resources for livelihoods and economic productivity despite of economic development efforts in the region have also resulted in deforestation and forest degradation as well as marginalization of forest dependent communities, and forestry agencies are facing immense challenges in meeting the diverse demands on forests. Protecting the vast forest areas in the context of limited fiscal and human resources requires well-designed and well-implemented policies and programs that improve forest resources management contributing to livelihood improvement of local communities at the same time helping to restore degraded forest areas, conserve biodiversity, and increase the income of local communities.


APFNet Kunming Training Center (APFNet-KTC) will organize this workshop to provide a better understanding of the forest-livelihood linkages and what may be done to enhance forest’s contribution to improve rural livelihood.

Depending on availability of funds, the total number of invited participants will be limited to 15 from the APFNet member economies. The Workshop will be held from 1 to 14 November, 2018 in Kunming City, Southwest China.


The main objectives of the Workshop are 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

- Analyze and assesse 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.

Main Topics/Areas

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

• Forests and livelihoods: Past, present and future.

• Policies and institutions in support of enhancing the livelihood roles of forests.

• Indigenous communities and traditional knowledge: Myths, realities and the way forward

• Payment for environmental services: Potentials and constraints in improving the livelihood of forest dependent communities

• Urban forestry and livelihoods

• Protected areas and livelihoods: People and wildlife from conflict to co-existence.

Debates and discussions during the Workshop will generate more questions and encourage critical thinking and analyses aimed to provide practical solutions that could help in improving the livelihood contribution of forests.


The workshop structure is designed to provide the maximum learning opportunity to the participants and the entire thrust will be on dialogue, group work, discussions and field observations. The following are the four key components of the Workshop:

Thematic lectures:

Invited experts will provide an in-depth assessment of different aspects relating to livelihood improvement and forest management.

Participant presentation:

Participants will make presentations which will outline experience in managing forests accommodating livelihood concerns at the national programme and project level.

Group work and discussions:

Group discussions including panel discussions and debates 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 prepare policy briefs related to strengthening the livelihood contribution of forests.

Field trip:

Field trip to different areas in Pu’er City of Yunnan Province will provide an opportunity to learn how livelihood dimensions are taken into account in natural forest management, forest plantations and management of protected areas in different land use systems.

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 forests and forestry to rural livelihood. Participant 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.

Invited Experts:

Dr. C.T.S. Nair 

Ms. Rowena Soriaga

Mr. Imran Ahmed

Prof. Zhang Jinfeng

Dr. Wu Yusong

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