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Location: Kunming, China

Duration: November 8-19, 2010

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Expert Panel Discussion

The workshop on Forest Resources Management in Asia and the Pacific, as an integral component of APFNet’s capacity building program, was held in Kunming City, P. R. China, from November 8 to 19, 2010. It seeks to identify ways to overcome the obstacles which hinder the achievement of sustainable forest management such as weak legislation, governance, policies and institutions. Based on the exchange of views, experiences, and lessons learned among economies in the region, recommendations will be made to address key issues of common concern.

Fifteen representativesfrom 13 economies in Southeast Asia participated in the session: Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Peru, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Viet Nam. Most participants were high ranking officials from forestry departments.

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Working Group

Course modules combined classroom lectures, case studies, participant presentations and a field trip. Consistent with the objectives of the workshop, lectures covered the following topics: legal frameworks for SFM; forest management in select economies; law enforcement, illegal forest activities and trade; science and technology for SFM; protected areas, forest restoration and environmental friendly practices; the role of forests in climate change; and tools to improve SFM and livelihoods. A field excursion to several sites provided the opportunity for participants to interact with local forest managers and community leaders.

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Presentation & Discussion

The workshop has drawn dozens of professional expertise from government agencies, regional organizations and universities. Experts came from FAO, INBAR, the European Forest Institute (FLEGT Asia Regional Support Programme), Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, The Forest Trust, the Department of Primary Industries in New South Wales (Australia), TRAFFIC, The Nature Conservancy, RECOFTC, the State Forestry Administration of China.

Each participant reported on forest management in his/her economy, highlighting areas/issues of particular interest. Sharing such experiences and practices provided an additional opportunity for participants to increase their knowledge. They also identified the main challenges which the sector is facing, along with the strategies that are in place in the region to overcome them.

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Field trip to Tengchong County

A five-day field trip took place from 14-18 November, 2010. Participants journeyed to Baoshan Prefecture where they visited sites of interest in Baoshan City and Tengchong County. In the Gaoligongshan State Nature Reserve and nearby communities, they observed forest management practices in core, buffer and experimental zones, in natural parks, and in state and community forests. They saw how Tengchong County Government managed Laifengshan National Forest Park for multiple purposes such as water supply, eco-landscape protection, and recreation. The park also houses more than 200 native varieties of camellia which are endemic to Yunnan Province.

In addition, participants viewed the management of a collective forest farm and learned about the benefits each shareholder received. They were impressed with the Jiangdong Gingko Village and its thousand-year history of establishing and managing Gingko plantations which provide an annual net income in excess of 1 million RMB or more than 10,000 RMB per person, on average.

Reference

    • Lectures by Resource Persons

Lecture 1: pdfSFM in China: Forest governance and legislation3.55 MB,
Prof. Zhang Songdan, SFA

Lecture2: pdfC Forest policies, legislation and institutions in Asia and the Pacific504.39 KB,
Jeremy Broadhead (FAO)

Lecture3: pdfUS Lacey Act and its impact on SFM in Asia and the Pacific700.96 KB,
Chen Hin Keong, (TRAFFIC)

Lecture4: pdfFLEGT and EU Due Diligence and its impact on SFM in Asia and the Pacific1.26 MB,
Aimi Lee Abdullah (EFI)

Lecture5: pdfSustainable forest management in Australia2.06 MB,
Bi Huiquan, NSW Primary Industries Department

Lecture6: pdfRemote sensing and GIS to monitor illegal forest activities1.88 MB,
Dr Moe Myint, Research Scientist, Yale Forestry School

Lecture7: pdfLandscape-level mapping of forest stand structure and type by combining multispectral reflectance and radar backscatter3.36 MB,
Dr. Xumei Han, Yale Forestry School

Lecture 8: pdfProtected Areas in SFM - Case study from TNC-Yunnan263.74 KB,
Wang Yue, Director, TNC-China Yunnan Program

Lecture 9: pdfConflict resolution as an essential process of HCVF identification and forest certification811.42 KB,
Agung Wiyono, Manager, The Forest Trust

Lecture 10:pdf Forest conflicts in Asia1.7 MB, Dr. Yurdi YASMIN, RECOFTC

Lecture 11: pdfDevelopment of REDD+ and UN-REDD program236.05 KB, Dr. Tint (TNC)