8 April 2015 – The Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation (APFNet) Fund Donation Ceremony was held in Beijing. In attendance were twelve members of the APFNet Board of Directors, including Chairperson and Minister of the Chinese State Forestry Administration (SFA) Mr. Zhao Shucong, as well as representatives of the fund’s various contributors. SFA Deputy Director Liu Dongsheng hosted the ceremony.
The event officially kick-started the APFNet Fund program, a new financing mechanism for sustainable forest management initiatives in the APFNet. During the ceremony Mr. Zhao expressed gratitude on behalf of the host organization and presented donation certificates to each representative, which included CITIC Securities Company Limited, the People’s Insurance Company (Group) of China Limited, CHIMELONG Company Limited, Nature Home (China) Company Limited, China Forestry Star (Beijing) Company Limited, and Wang Ye Dian Forest Farm.
Mr. Zhao remarked on the new world of opportunities for businesses to engage in sustainable forestry and strengthen cooperation with forest organizations. “There is a growing sense of corporate social responsibility and participation in forest restoration. These are important factors in achieving win-win solutions to market competence and sustainable resource management.” He stated.
The APFNet Fund was approved by the Ministry of Civil Affairs and established in July 2013. It functions as the finance mechanism for APFNet’s various programs and policy development activities, as well as identifies strategic alignment of corporate social responsibility with the region’s sustainable forest management and environmental needs.