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APFNet Call for Project


The Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation (APFNet), proposed by China and co-sponsored by Australia and the United States, was agreed by the 15th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in September 2007 in Sydney, Australia and was incorporated in the Sydney APEC Leaders’ Declaration on Climate Change, Energy Security and Clean Development.


APFNet is committed to helping the economies and people of the Asia-Pacific region by promoting and improving sustainable forest management and rehabilitation.


In-line with its strategic plan (Annex 1), APFNet would like to announce its call for project proposals. Eligible applicants (Annex 2) are encouraged to submit concept notes. Please refer to the instructions below for details on the application process.


Application Procedures

1. Concept note(CN) development (Annex 3);

2. Submission of CN to APFNet Secretariat;

3. Review of CN by APFNet Project Appraisal Panel (PAP);

4. Development of full proposal if the CN is recommended by PAP;

5. Submission of the full proposal;

6. Final review of the full proposal by PAP;

7. Further improvement of the project proposal with technical support from the Secretariat if needed.



Applicants should keep the following principles in mind when developing a project:

1. Conformity with the mission and objectives of APFNet;

2. Conformity with the needs of the target economy / sub-region;

3. Conformity with the forest policies, development strategies and related laws of local communities;

4. Ability to bring potential ecological, economic and social benefits via forest management;

5. Encouraging multi-stakeholder participation;

6. Strengthening the capacity of local forest practitioners in managing forests.


Project categories

1. Demonstration projects which showcase best practices in forest rehabilitation and management in a cost-effective manner;

2. Research or policy development projects which focus on theoretical or APFNet technological research in the forest sector or assessment and improvement of existing forestry policies and development of new forest strategies and strategic plans; and

3. Capacity building projects that concentrate on institutional capacity enhancement including institutional planning and decision-making and enforcement.



Proposed projects should be closely related to the key priorities of APFNet, which are:

1. Rehabilitating degraded forests and increasing forest cover;

2. Promoting sustainable forest management to enhance ecological functions and ecosystem security of forests;

3. Enhancing forests’ contribution to socio-economic development and to improvement of local livelihoods.

As well as being consistent with APFNet’s objectives and mission, proposed projects should also aim to be in-line with the priorities and the actual needs of the project target areas in terms of forest management, and contribute to the social-economic development of local areas.


Grant Policy

1. Projects seeking an APFNet grant of less than USD 100,000 are applied for and identified through the APFNet Secretariat review process and can be directly approved by the Executive Director of APFNet. However, this kind of project only accounts for 10% or less of APFNet’s newly funded projects on an annual basis; In principle, projects on policy research and scientific technology research can only be applied for small projects;

2. Regular projects are identified through the APFNet PAP technical review and approval process. Normally projects requesting an APFNet grant above USD 100,000 fall into this category. The total grant for a two or three year project can be up to USD 500,000;

3. APFNet’s financial status, the regional balance of projects, the year of application and the score of a project proposal will mainly be taken into account when determining if a potential project will receive APFNet funding.



Formulation of project CN should follow the APFNet Concept Note Template (Annex 3) in English. The CN must be submitted as an original hardcopy (paper A4 format) and in electronic format (Word format and PDF format). The electronic version must be identical to the hardcopy.


All CNs should be signed by both the project proponent and the APFNet Council Representative(s) from the project target economy/ies (Annex 5).


If a CN is recommended by the PAP to be further developed into a proposal (Annex 4), the proposal must be submitted to the APFNet Secretariat together with an official letter from the APFNet Council Representatives, demonstrating the support of the forest authority from the project target economy/ies to the project.


Closing time

1. Applications are accepted throughout the year.

2. CN submitted before 30th April will be appraised before the end of the year. The original CN in hardcopy must be submitted to the APFNet Secretariat before 17:00 pm Beijing time, 30th April in a sealed envelope delivered by registered mail, courier service or hand-delivery.

3. CN submitted after 30th April will be appraised the following year.


Without significant change, this call for new project will continue to be valid, and APFNet will no longer issue this notice every year.


Contact information and mailing address

Ms. Wang Qian

Planning Division

Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation

6th Floor, Building A, Baoneng Center, No.12, Futong Dongdajie, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100102

P. R. China

Tel: (86-10)-66007866 ext. 8006

Fax: (86-10)-84216958





Annex 1 APFNet strategic plan 2016-2020.pdf

Annex 2 Eligibility for Project Application.pdf

Annex 3 APFNet Project Concept Note Format.pdf

Annex 4 APFNet Project Proposal Format.rar

Annex 5 List of APFNet Council Representatives and Contact Persons.pdf