APFNet Workshop on Forestry and Rural Livelihood Development (01 - 14 November, 2019 Yunnan, China)

Updated:2019/11/27 9:46:59


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.
Under APFNet’s Strategic Framework with its mission of adding green for Asia and the Pacific since 2009, APFNet-KTC has been organizing two thematic training workshops on the specific themes (1) Degraded Forest Rehabilitation and Management and (2) Forestry and Livelihood Development, and both themes are key priority areas for almost all the economies in the region. Up to date, there are 21 training workshops has been successful conducted with the fully involvement of 320 participants from 21 APFNet Member Economies in the Asia and Pacific Region. The Workshop is expected to significantly enhance the knowledge of forestry professionals in helping to improve the contribution of sustainable forest rehabilitation and management.

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. According to the estimate by the World Bank, there are around 1.6 billion people dependent on forests for their livelihood directly and indirectly, 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 based activities.

Most developing economies in the Asia-Pacific Region is still heavily relying on forest resources for rural community livelihoods and economic productivity despite of economic development efforts in the region, forestry agencies are facing a immense challenges of deforestation and forest degradation as well as marginalization of forest dependent communities in meeting the diverse demands on forests. Protecting the vast forest areas and helping to restore degraded forest areas, conserve biodiversity 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 income generation and livelihood improvement of local communities.

The Training Workshop

In order to provide a better understanding of the forest-livelihood linkages and what may be done to enhance forest’s contribution to improve rural livelihood, APFNet Kunming Training Center (APFNet-KTC) will continually organize thematic training workshop on “Forestry and Rural Livelihood Development” during the period of November 1st to 14th, 2019 in Kunming City, Yunnan Province in Southwest China. Total participants will be limited around 15 from the APFNet member economies in the Asia &Pacific Region, and this workshop proposed to provide the maximum learning and sharing opportunity to the participants.


The main objectives of the workshop are to:

  1. 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;
  2. Provide an overview of the experiences and best forestry practices aimed at enhancing rural livelihood development;
  3. Analyze and assesse implications of key policy, institutional and technological developments and the potentials and limitations for forestry based livelihood improvement.  

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.

Workshop Structure and Training Approach

The workshop structure is designed to provide the maximum learning opportunity to the invited participants and the entire thrust will be on dialogue, group work, discussions and field observations.

Thematic lectures:

Resource persons will present an in-depth assessment of different aspects relating to livelihood improvement and forest management.

Participant presentation:

Participant’s presentations will be sharing their own experiences and cases in managing forests accommodating livelihood concerns at the national programme and project level.

Group works:

Group works including panel discussions and debates as 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 Pu’er City of Yunnan Province will be providing an opportunity to observe how livelihood dimensions are taken into account in natural forest management, forest plantations and management of protected areas at different land use systems.

Workshop Outputs

Participant papers will be edited and published as an important workshop output for information sharing, it will be disseminated on both APFNet and APFNet-KTC websites. 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

Dr. Stephen Elliott

Mr. Dissanayake Wasantha Tikiri Bandara

Dr. Preecha Ongprasert

Prof. Jiang Chunqian

Dr. Wu Yusong

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