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The Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation (APFNet), proposed by China and co-sponsored by Australia and the United States, was agreed by the 15th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in September 2007 in Sydney, Australia and was incorporated in the Sydney APEC Leaders’ Declaration on Climate Change, Energy Security and Clean Development.

The Mission of APFNet is to promote and improve sustainable forest management and rehabilitation in the Asia-Pacific region through capacity-building, information-sharing, regional policy dialogues and Demonstration projects.

In consistent with its Strategic Plan 2011-2015, APFNet would like to announce its annual call for proposals. Eligible applicants (Annex 1) are encouraged to submit concept notes and proposals. Please refer to the instructions below for application.

Application Procedures

Applicants are requested to submit project Concept Notes (CN) first. The concept notes will then be appraised by the APFNet expert panel (EP). If a concept note is recommended by the EP, the applicant will be informed to develop the concept note into a full Project Proposal (PP). During the full proposal formulation period, necessary technical support would be provided upon the request of the applicant.

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 Figure 1. Flowchart of APFNet project selection process

Principles

  • Applicants should keep in mind the following principles while developing a project concept note:
  • Conformity with the mission, objectives and thematic priorities of APFNet;
  • Conformity with the needs of the economy / sub-region to be targeted;
  • Conformity with the forest policies, development strategies and related laws of local community;
  • Able to bring potential ecological, economic and social benefits via forest management;
  • Encouraging multi-stakeholder participation;
  • Strengthening the capacity of local forest practitioners in managing forests;

Project Categories

  • Pilot projects that focus on activities in thematic areas concerning forest rehabilitation and sustainable forest management, especially those to showcase practical techniques and good practices relating to rehabilitation of degraded forest lands, secondary forests management, biodiversity conservation, and mitigation of and adaption to climate change;
  • Policy development projects that focus on assessment, evaluation and improvement of existing forestry policies and on innovation or development of new forest strategies and strategic plans; and
  • Capacity building projects that concentrate on institutional capacity enhancement, including institutional planning, decision-making and enforcement; meanwhile due consideration will be given to trainings of forestry officials at all forms and channels.

Priorities

  • In accordance with priorities specified in Strategic Plan 2011-2015, priorities of APFNet 2014 projects are:
  • Demonstration of sustainable forest management model;
  • Forest rehabilitation and sustainable management for climate change adaptation;
  • Forest rehabilitation and trans-boundary biodiversity conservation;
  • Strategic planning of forest resources management;
  • Community based forest resource management and rural development;
  • Law enforcement and good governance for promoting sustainable forest management;
  • Forest resource assessment in Asia-Pacific region.

Grant Policy

The APFNet’s grant ceiling for each project proposal is US$ 0.5 million in principle with the project duration not exceeding 5 years.

Projects in small scale with relatively short duration are preferred.

Projects with counterpart contribution from the executing agencies which account for more than 25% of the budgets and co-fund from other organizations or donors which account for more than 25% of the budgets will be preferably considered.

Submission

The Concept Note Format (Annex 2) should be followed in drafting a project concept note. The concept notes submitted by the applicants are only acceptable in English.

All applications shall be recommended by the APFNet Focal Points (Annex 3) in the economies or international organizations with authorized signature on the concept note or a separate cover letter. Project concept note must be submitted in paper original in A4 format and in electronic format (Word format, PDF format and CD-ROM). The electronic version must be identical to the hardcopy.

If a concept note is recommended to be further developed into a proposal, the same submission rules should be followed when submitting the proposal.

Closing Time

The original concept note in hard copy must be submitted to the APFNet Secretariat before 17:00 pm Beijing time, 15 May 2013, in a sealed envelope by registered mail, courier service or hand-delivery.

Contact Information and Mailing Address

Mr. Zhuang Zuofeng

Director, Division of Planning & Development

Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation

6th Floor, Building A, Baoneng Center, No.12, Fu Tong Dongdajie, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100102 P. R. China

Tel: (86-10)-84218108

Fax: (86-10)-84216958

Website: www.apfnet.cn

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This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">Annex:

Annex 1 Eligibility for Project Application

Annex 2 Concept Note Format

Annex 3 Contact list of APFNet focal points