17-28 October 2011


Kunming, Yunnan Province, China


Forests provide goods and services to contribute to social and economic development, sustaining livelihoods, addressing climate change, and maintaining biodiversity. While the provision of the goods and services depends critically on how forests are managed.

Forest resources are the basis of forest-related activities. The development and enforcement of forest laws and governance is the key to guarantee that forest resources are managed in a sustainable way. Most of the developing economies in the Asia-Pacific region have realized the weakness of forest laws enforcement and governance and are making great efforts to strengthen their forest laws and governance.

To facilitate the regional efforts of the economies in this regard, APFNet (Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation) has organized training workshops annually on forest resource management, aiming to bring policy makers and forest managers together to share experience and lessons.


The workshop, the 4th of the APFNet on Forest Resource Management thematic training program since 2008, based on previous experiences, is designed to identify obstacles to enhance progress in rationalizing the policy and legal frameworks and building institutional capacity, and to contribute to improve forest law enforcement by taking stock of the success and lessons learned from past and current initiatives, recommending steps to move forward by exchanging experiences, views and perspectives among economies in the region. Moreover, the outcomes of the workshop will be shared in the region.

Participants are expected to get a clear picture of how regional forests are managed through insights and in-depth analysis and practical tools to enhance their capacity of development, implementation and improvement of forest policies and laws. The workshop will also be a proper platform for resource people and participants to share different views and ideas to get inspired for their future work.

Main Topics

  1. Overview on sustainable forest resource management in the region
  2. Legal frameworks and tools to achieve sustainable forest resource management
  3. Forest law enforcement and governance in selected economies
  4. Participants’ report on sustainable forest resource management
  5. Case studies on forest resource management and forest law enforcement and governance

Sponsor and Organizers

The workshop is fully sponsored by the APFNet, with technical inputs from the collaborators of APFNet, and organized by Yunnan Academy of Biodiversity and Southwest Forestry University of China.

Training Language

The course will be conducted in English

Course Structure and Training Approaches

  1. Guest lectures: Guest lectures will cover fundamental and topical issues related to forest resource management, forest laws and policies as well as governance in particular.
  2. Participant reports: Participants are required to make presentations during the training.
  3. Case studies: Selected case studies about sustainable forest resource management within and beyond the Asia Pacific region will be provided.
  4. Discussions: Participants will be encouraged to take part in the training actively based on the lectures and case studies.
  5. Field visits: Field visits will showcase performance of sustainable forest resource management after the indoor section.


One participant from each economy will be funded to attend the workshop (Details see the attached document).