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Date:

1-12 July 2013 Yunnan, China

Sponsored by:

Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation (APFNet)

Organized by:

APFNet Kunming Training Center (APFNet-KTC)

Supported by:

South West Forest University (SWFU)

Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia (UBC)

Background

Climate change is one of the most emergent threats to the capacity of forest landscapes that provide ecological, economic and social services in the Asia-Pacific region. Meanwhile, the potential of forests in mitigating climate change also represents a major opportunity for the forest sector. Forest ecosystem can either serve as a carbon sink or carbon source depending on their level of health and their resilience to climate change. However, there is remarkably little evidence that science-based decision-making processes are being incorporated into forest management practices in the region. As a result, considerable uncertainty exists over management policies aimed at enabling forests and forest-dependent communities to adapt to climate change. A renovated approach based on the climate and ecological modeling will enable forestry policy makers to develop forest management adaptation strategies to address climate change.

Objectives and Outputs

The workshop aims to review the research and applications of forest adaptation in addressing climate change from a practical perspective, and build a network that connects scientists, forest managers and policy makers to facilitate Sustainable Forest Management in Asia-Pacific region.

  • Review the current status of climate change impacts and adaptation strategies in Asia-Pacific region through sharing information among the participants;
  • Learn the essential methodologies and approaches to conduct research and apply forest adaptation to climate change;
  • Learn how to use the tools that are developed for conducting climate change related studies and for predicting impacts of climate change on forest tree species distributions,productivities and carbon dynamics;
  • Discuss possible recommendations through an integration of different model predictions and observed interactions between forest management practices and climate change at a pilot site to optimize forest management practices for adaptation to climate change.

Course Structure and Training Approaches

  • Keynote lectures: keynote lectures will be delivered by invited resource persons and will cover fundamental and topical issues related to forest adaptation to climate change;
  • Participant presentation: participants are required to make presentations during the work shop based on their case study;
  • Working groups and discussions: participants will be encouraged to take part in the training actively via lectures, group discussions and doing exercises with their own data;
  • Field visits: field visits will show case performance and practices of field inventory for forest adaptation studies and applications.

Targeted Participants

The workshop is tailored for technical officers/practitioners who are involved in forest inventory or have forest inventory experience with good computer skills. The workshop will be limited to a maximum of 15 individuals from Asia-pacific economies to ensure ample learning opportunities and adequate exchange of ideas. Each participant is required to submit a paper and prepare a power point presentation based on the proposed outline in attached annex 2 for a presentation during the workshop.

Application Deadline:

15 May 2013

Applications and queries can be sent to:

Ms. Yuan Mei
Program Officer, Division of Planning & Development
APFNet Secretariat
Tel: +86-10-66007866 ext.8024
Fax: +86-10-8421 6958
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APFNet Kunming Training Center (APFNet-KTC)
Tel: +86-871-63862817
Fax: +86-871-63862147
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Annex:

pdfAnnouncement618KB12/04/2013, 13:29
with:
Participants Requirements and Application Process
Proposed Outline of Participant Paper
Data participants may bring to the workshop
Proposed workshop schedule(draft)

pdfInvitation Letter from ED252KB12/04/2013, 13:29

pdfWorkshop Application Form444KB12/04/2013, 13:29