The Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation (APFNet) is a non-profit international organization dedicated to advancing sustainable forest management and rehabilitation in the Asia-Pacific region.
In spite of increasing awareness of importance of managing forests sustainably toward achieving green growth, reducing poverty and responding climate change, huge gaps still exist in knowledge and capacities at global and regional levels. The establishment of the Organization was proposed in this context by China and co-sponsored by Australia and the United States at the 15th APEC Economic Leaders Meeting, in Sydney, Australia, in September 2007. The proposal was adopted by the APEC Leaders and included it in the Sydney Declaration on Climate Change, Energy Security and Clean Development to“enhance capacity building and strengthen information sharing on sustainable forest management in the forestry sector”in the region.
The APFNet was officially launched in September 2008, with its arrangement and operations guided by the Operational Framework , evolved from the Framework Document jointly developed by China, Australia and the United States.