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Location:

Kunming, China

Duration:

 Nov 8-19, 2010

Background:

Forests provide multiple functions and the ability of forests to sustain economic livelihoods, support social and community development, address climate change, maintain biodiversity and provide other needs and benefits depends critically on how they are managed.

Sustainable forest resource management aims to ensure that the goods and services derived from the forest meet present-day needs while securing their continued availability and contribution to long-term development, and encompasses almost all aspects of the conservation and use of forests. The availability of an intact legal system and policy regime to forest sector and practices undoubtedly matter to facilitate forest management in a sustainable way. However, lack of forest legislation, the insufficiency of judicial and regulatory structures and weak governance on forests, which do exist in the Asia and the Pacific, all work to slow the progress towards SFM, and contribute to severe forest degradation, deforestation, as well as illegal activities and trade with deep, complex and extremely varied causes.

To address these issues and promote rational management of forest resources, measures have being undertaken in the region to improve forest law compliance and governance, with concerted efforts being made at both national and regional levels by countries and organizations. APFNet, which recognized sustainable forest management as its mission and one priority, would like to complement and contribute to address forest threats.

Objectives:

The workshop, the 4th of “the Forest Resource Management series” under APFNet capacity building programs since 2008,is designed to identify obstacles to enhance progress in rationalizing the policy and legal framework and building institutional capacity, and to contribute to improving forest law enforcement and governance by taking stock of the relative successes and failures of past and current regional and national initiatives, recommending steps to move forward by exchanging experiences, views and perspectives among countries in the region. Moreover, the outcomes of the workshop will pave the way for conducting future research and case study.

Target Group:

The workshop is best suited for government officials, policy makers, resource managers and representatives of programs and projects, and will be limited to a maximum of 18 individuals to ensure to enhance learning opportunities and adequate exchange of ideas.

Training Approaches:

 The workshop will draw primarily on professional expertise within the Asia-Pacific region, and use a mix of guest lectures covering fundamental and topical issues related to forest resource management, forest laws and policy as well as governance in particular, carefully selected case studies within and beyond the Asia Pacific region, presentations from participants on their country status in this regard, and field visits to showcase performance of forest resource management at various levels.

Topical Issues:

  • Regional overview on forest resource management
  • Legal framework and some of the tools currently available to better promote SFM
  •  Forestry legal system and forestry administration in some particular countries
  • Case study: legalization of community-based forest management system
  • Recommend approaches for strengthening policies, institutions and practices of forest management to reduce the gap between theory and practice

Sponsor and Organizers:

The workshop is carefully constructed and fully sponsored by the Asia Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation (APFNet), with technical inputs from the collaborators of APFNet. The training workshop is organized by National Plateau Wetlands Research Center and Southwest Forestry University of China.

Expenses and Funding:

Funding for confirmed participants includes round-trip economy class air tickets, full board accommodation, as well as small amount of per diem during the workshop. Other expenses not mentioned here will not be covered or reimbursed by the workshop organizer.

Training Language:

English

Logistics:

A Logistical Information Note which includes information on visa application and travel arrangements will be sent to successful applicants upon acceptance into the workshop.

Application Deadline:

 30 September, 2010

For further information please contact:

Ms. Wang Qian

Division of Institutional Development

APFNet Secretariat

Tel: +86 10 84218108

Fax: +86 10 84216958

Email:

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Website:

 www.APFNet.cn

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