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Duration

23 – 25 October, 2012

Location

Nanning, Guangxi Province, China

Background

Endowed with an estimated 740 million ha of forests (FAO, 2010), the Asia-Pacific region boasts abundant forest resources and rich biodiversity but also have various forest status, unique features and development priorities. Success stories and lessons learnt in managing forests, if shared at an in-depth level, analyzed and summarized systematically, could help to form a pragmatic cooperation plan to guide regional project development and advance forestry across the region.

APFNet regards pilot project as one of the four pillars to pursue its mission, purposes and objectives. APFNet has been supporting nine demonstration projects involving 21 economies in the Asia-Pacific region since 2009, and is now working on calls for projects of the coming years. In order to achieve the project objectives, i.e. to meet the local demands in terms of forest management and to promote practical experience in the region to benefit more, APFNet plans to organize a Workshop on Identifying Regional Forestry Cooperation Priorities for APFNet Projects 2013-2015, inviting experts in forest management and APFNet focal points to share perspectives and concerns regarding forest policies as well as their evolving trends in each economy and in the region as whole, and also to identify priorities that could be further shaped into concrete project cooperation. Discussion on project design and joint implementation in a systematic way within the region will also be one of the focuses.

Objectives

  • Discuss forest policies development and implementation as well as the evolving trend of the policies in regional economies;
  • Exchange ideas on strategic priorities and emerging issues of forestry development in relevant economies;
  • Explore ways to improve project design and implementation cooperated between APFNet and economies to identify project priorities 2013-2015 that fleshes out the APFNet Strategic Plan 2011-2015 and meets regional demands.

Expected outcomes

  • Participants will be better informed of recent regional forestry development and best practices in the forest sector to facilitate regional forestry cooperation;
  • A collection of participants’ reports will be compiled.
  • APFNet project priorities 2013-2015 will be formed to promote regional forestry cooperation and provide guidance for developing APFNet’s projects 2013-2015 in the region (for details see report outline attached).

Date and venue

  • Date: 23 – 25 October, 2012 (a two day indoor session to be followed by a field trip on 25 October)
  • Venue: Nanning, Guangxi Province, China.

Finalized logistic details will be advised soon.

Targeted participants

The APFNet focal point (or the back-up) and one official/expert engaged in national/local forestry planning and analyses from following economies are expected:

  • Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Thailand and Viet Nam.

Program and provisional agenda items

There will be two presentations from each economy at the workshop. The focal point is expected to deliver a 15-minute presentation on domestic forest policies and their implementation as well as the evolving direction. Another 25-minute presentation is expected to be delivered by the official/expert concentrating on domestic strategic priorities of forestry and emerging issues in forestry development as well as recommendations for joint project implementation. Group discussions on how to cooperate for projects would be facilitated building upon presentations.

23 October 2012 - Day 1

  • Opening ceremony
  • Presentations by Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PRD, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal
  • Discussions
  • 24 October 2012 - Day 2
  • Presentations by Papua New Guinea, Peru, Thailand, Viet Nam, Guangxi and Yunnan provinces of China
  • Discussions
  • conclusion

25 October 2012 - Day 3

  • Field trip

Closing Registration and requirements

Registration forms (attached in annexes) should be filled and returned to the Secretariat by 12 September 2012. Please note to kindly provide the information and materials as requested in a timely manner to facilitate visa issuance, air-ticket booking and other arrangement.

The participant’s reports together with the electronic powerpoint presentations are required by 10 October 2012 (suggested report outline is attached).

Funding Policy

Funding for no more than two participants from each economy will be provided by the Secretariat, including travel support (a roundtrip economy class airfare and transportation fare from the airport to the hotel), accommodation and a per diem in line with APFNet funding policies. Other expenses are not eligible for reimbursement.

Contact information

Please contact Ms. Kong Zhe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with Ms. Lu Qian at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. copied in, or via phone by 86-10-84218108, and fax by 86-10-84216958.