Forestry College Deans Meeting Mechanism

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Background

In recent decades, forestry education in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond has found it increasingly challenged in accommodating the changing needs of the forest sector in face of shifting development paradigm. Challenges facing forestry-related higher institutes include outdated curriculum design and delivery, lack of network among those universities and colleges, and disconnection between forestry education and industry.

To help bridge this gap, APFNet, in collaboration with several regional partners, initiated the meeting among regional forest universities and colleges to develop concrete activities in support of the reform and improvement in forestry education. The First Asia-Pacific Forestry College Deans Meeting was held in 2010, where the proposal of developing the Forest College Deans’ Meeting Mechanism in the Asia-Pacific Region (FCDMM-APR) was put forward and welcomed by the meeting.

As a follow-up activity, the Workshop on Pilot Teaching Resource Module on Participatory Planning & Conflict Management for Sustainable Forest Management was held in Beijing in May, 2011. And at the Second Forestry College Deans Meeting in the Asia-Pacific Region in conjunction with the Second Asia Pacific Forestry Week, the FCDMM-APR was formally launched. Beijing Forestry University was identified as the coordinating university of a steering committee, which is composed of nine universities.

Mission, Objectives and Tasks of the FCDMM-APR

Mission:

promote the forestry education in the region by strengthening the cooperation and taking collaborative actions to contribute to the sustainable forestry management in the region;

Objectives:

FCDMM-APR is to work with as many partners as possible to build a platform for promoting strong collaborations in sustainable forest management education in the APR. The specific objectives of the mechanism include:

  • to provide a platform for exchanging academic information and sharing education resources among the forestry universities and institutes in the region;
  • to facilitate exchanges between economies with advanced forestry education and those with less developed forestry education to promote access to the latest science and technology in sustainable forest management for the less developed economies;
  • to promote innovation and reform in forestry education in the region and share the achievements;
  • to improve the overall capacity in sustainable forest management in the region.

Tasks

FCDMM-APR are mandated to:

  • develop a model for training next-generation foresters who would be able to apply SFM knowledge into forestry management practices;
  • identify the key problems and issues of regional forestry education, which require us to work on and further increase the overall education level in the Asia-Pacific Region;
  • seek cooperation areas with common interest in the region towards SFM, and planning the collaboration programs;