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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.

The Mission of APFNet is to promote and improve sustainable forest management and rehabilitation in the Asia-Pacific region through capacity-building, information-sharing, regional policy dialogues and Demonstration projects.

In consistent with its strategic plan (Annex 1), APFNet would like to announce its call for project proposals in 2017. Eligible applicants (Annex 2) are encouraged to submit concept notes. Please refer to the instructions below for application.

Application Procedures

Applicants are requested to submit project Concept Notes (CN) first. The concept notes will then be appraised by the APFNet Project Appraisal Panel (PAP). If a concept note is recommended by the PAP, the applicant will be informed to develop the concept note into a full Project Proposal (PP). During the full proposal formulation period, necessary technical support could be provided upon the request of the applicant.

Principles

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

  • Conformity with the mission and objectives of APFNet;
  • Conformity with the needs of the economy / sub-region to be targeted;
  • Conformity with the forest policies, development strategies and related laws of local community;
  • Able to bring potential ecological, economic and social benefits via forest management;
  • Encouraging multi-stakeholder participation;
  • Strengthening the capacity of local forest practitioners in managing forests;

Project categories

  • Demonstration projects which showcase best practices in forest rehabilitation and management in a cost-effective manner;
  • Research or policy development projects which focus on theoretical or Asia - Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation technological research in the forest sector or assessment and improvement of existing forestry policies and development of new forest strategies and strategic plans; and
  • Capacity building projects that concentrate on institutional capacity enhancement including institutional planning and decision-making and enforcement.

Priorities

Proposed projects shall be closely relevant to the key priority of APFNet, which are:

  • Rehabilitating degraded forests and increasing forest cover
  • Promoting sustainable forest management to enhance ecological functions and ecosystem security of forests
  • Enhancing forests’ contribution to socio-economic development and to improvement of local livelihoods

Consistent with APFNet’s objectives and mission, the proposed projects at the mean time aim to be in line with the priorities and the actual needs of the project target areas in terms of forest management, and contributing to the social-economic development of local areas.

Grant Policy

  • Projects with APFNet grant less than USD100,000 are applied for and identified through APFNet secretariat reviewing process and could be get directly approved by the Executive Director of APFNet. However, this kind of project only accounts for 10% or less of the annual APFNet newly funded projects.
  • Regular projects are identified through APFNet PAP technical review and approval process. Normally the projects requesting APFNet grant above USD 100,000 fall in this category. The grant for a two or three year project is up to USD 500,000.

Submission

Formulation of project concept notes should follow APFNet Concept Note Template (Annex 3) in English. The concept notes must be submitted in paper original in 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 project proponent and APFNet Council Representatives from the project target economy/ies (see Annex 4).

If a concept note is recommended by PAP to be further developed into a proposal, the proposal must be submitted to APFNet Secretariat together with an official letter of the APFNet Council Representatives, showing the supports of the forest authority from the project target economy/ies to the project.

Closing time

The original concept note in hard copy must be submitted to the APFNet Secretariat before 17:00 pm Beijing time, 30 April 2017 in a sealed envelope by registered mail, courier service or hand-delivery.

Contact information and mailing address

Mr. ZHAI Hongbo

Program Planning Division

Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation

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

P. R. China

Tel: (86-10)-66007866 ext. 8026

Fax: (86-10)-84216958

Website: www.apfnet.cn

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Annex:

1. APFNet Strategic Plan 2016-2020

2. Eligibility for Project Application

3. APFNet Concept Note Format

4.Contact list of APFNet Council Representatives