6-17 September 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:

Southwest Forestry University (SWFU)


Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) is endowed with abundant forest resources, which have played a central role in the development of the region and continue to play an important role in the production of wood and other products, the conservation of global biodiversity, climate change abatement and protection of land and water resources. However, the subregion is challenged with threats in ecological environment, e.g. deforestation is still on the rise, forest management is uneven and forest resources cannot be effectively utilized. To tackle these challenges, forestry legislation, policies and regulations have to be updated to accommodate the evolving situation. FLEGT and other kinds of program have been introduced in the subregion and mechanisms like REDD+ have also become popular.

In 2012, a workshop on the Roles of Forest Resources Management in the GMS was co-organized by APFNet and Mekong Institute (MI). Participants from the six member economies of GMS exchanged best practices and lessons on how to improve watershed management through better forestry. This workshop aims to provide a platform for forestry policy makers and officials in GMS to strengthen their understanding of the evolvement of the forestry related hot issues and share practices and opinions according to their domestic situation.

Objectives and Outputs

  • Strengthen GMS forestry officials’ knowledge of both the theory and practices of sustainable forest management;
  • Exchange different positions and viewpoints on regional and international hot issues like REDD+, Forest Law Enforcement and Governance(FLEG), biodiversity conservation, etc.;
  • Share best practices of forest resource management among GMS economies, including advanced concepts of forestry development, forest tenure reform, and conservation approaches.

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 sustainable forest management in GMS;
  • Participant presentation: participants are required to make presentations at the workshop based on their professional background;
  • Working groups and discussions: working group discussions will be organized to mobilize the participants to interact among themselves on interested topics;
  • Field study: in Pu’er and Xishuangbanna Prefecture, Yunnan Province.

Targeted Participants

The workshop is tailored for senior officials at Director General level who have engaged in the development of forestry policy, forestry program planning and implementation. Twelve participants from GMS economies (China, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam, 2 for each economy) will be invited to the workshop to ensure ample learning opportunities and adequate exchange of ideas. Each participant is required to prepare a power point presentation based on their management area during the workshop.

Application Deadline:

20 July 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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Dr. Zhang Yuan
APFNet Kunming Training Center (APFNet-KTC)
Tel: +86-871-63862817
Fax: +86-871-63862147
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Annex 1: Participants Requirements and Application Process
Annex 2: Program Schedule (Draft)
Annex 3: Application Form