APFNet Call for Action
on Further Promoting Forest Rehabilitation in the Asia-Pacific Region
March 27, 2018 Beijing
Nearly 300 participants from 30 economies attended the Conference on Forest Rehabilitation in the Asia-Pacific Region in Beijing, People’s Republic of China on March 26-27, 2018. They exchanged experiences and lessons learned on forest rehabilitation in the Asia Pacific region and emphasized:
l l Forests not only play an increasingly significant role in the provision of various goods and ecosystem services, such as subsistence, watershed protection, recreational and cultural values, biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation and adaption, but also play a crucial role in poverty alleviation, promoting green development and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
l Economies, regional and international organizations have been making great efforts in promoting forest rehabilitation, resulting in a net growth of forest area in the APEC region in the past decade against global negative growth.
l Factors such as economic development, population growth, globalization and urbanization are accelerating the global demand for consumption of forest products and ecological services, thus posing severe pressures on forests.
l The decreasing trend of global forest area has not been fundamentally reversed. The global forest area has decreased from 7.6 billion hectares in the early days of human civilization to 4 billion hectares today. The forest area is still dropping in some economies of Asia-Pacific Region, which poses severe threats to eco-security at various scales from the local to the global.
Building on the consensus that healthy, productive and resilient forests are critical to our shared future and common welfare, and the strong willingness and commitments from participants to rehabilitate forests, APFNet calls for actions to:
l Contribute to achieving regional and global goals and targets related to forests, including the APEC Sydney Aspirational Goal on Forests, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as well as the United Nations Forest Strategic Plan 2017-2030 and so on;
l Promote sustainable forest management and rehabilitation for reducing forest loss and degradation, the associated greenhouse gas emissions, and enhancing forest carbon stocks to mitigate and adapt to climate change;
l Strengthen cooperation on forest rehabilitation among economies, adhering to the core values of being science and knowledge based, respecting differences, being action-oriented, and encouraging creative and innovative thinking;
l Put forest rehabilitation higher on the socio-economic development agenda in each economy and integrate forest rehabilitation in economies’ development strategies; transform traditional forestry planning to be more adaptive and responsive to both local and global challenges;
l Enhance capacity building, demonstration of best practices, policy dialogues, communication and information sharing to promote synergetic development in forestry;
l Practice multi-functional forest management with emphasis on improving forest quality and productivity, benefiting stakeholders, improving community livelihoods and alleviating poverty;
l Adopt integrated and participatory approaches in joint decision-making to better balance conservation and development;
l Innovate traditional forestry education to train future foresters including policy-makers, researchers, field managers and other actors.
l Reinforce cross-sectoral collaboration, coordination and partnerships within and among economies to address common challenges; and
l Appeal the international community to consider the actual financial and technical needs of developing economies in the Asia-Pacific region for forest rehabilitation.
We are willing to work with stakeholders to further promote forest rehabilitation in the Asia-Pacific region and reposition Asia-Pacific forestry in the new era, with the concept of eco-civilization, towards a greener and more beautiful Asia-Pacific.