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Data: 23-26 September 2014

Location: Beijing, China

Background

Central Asia is a region bridging Europe and Asia as a social, economic and cultural connection with rich and diverse natural resources of oil, gas, minerals, water, plant, wild animals as well as land resources. Most of the territories are dominated by forest steppes, prairies, semi-deserts and deserts due to the diversity of geological and geomorphologic climatic and vegetative-ground conditions. Forests and grasslands of this region play an important role in providing environmental services as climate regulation, soil and water protection, biodiversity conservation, recreation, and sanitary and hygienic functions. They are also the leading force in the economic development, supplying its population with forage, food, fuel, drug plants, etc.

In the past years, the Central Asia economies have implemented some programmes and made remarkable achievements in forest regeneration and afforestation, biodiversity conservation, multipurpose use of forests, forest operation and monitoring, and transition to sustainable forest management. However there still exist a host of common issues that restrain the sustainable forest management in this region, such as free grazing, illegal logging and poaching, forest fire and diseases, confliction of land use rights, as well as outdated forest resource information and insufficient technical supports. Addressing these issues requires all the economies in this region collaboratively work out a strategy for forestry development and cooperation.

The Regional Workshop on Strategic Forestry Cooperation in Central Asia will bring together the senior forest officials of the economies in this region and experts from the international organizations to exchange experiences in forestry development, identify challenges and opportunities towards sustainable forest management, and figure out potential cooperation fields. Hopefully with the contributions of all participants a strategy is developed to guide the future forestry cooperation and a regional forest dialogue mechanism outlined with supports of APFNet.

Objectives

The workshop aims to

  1. exchange information and experiences on forest management, vegetation restoration, trans-boundary biodiversity conservation and sand-binding plants utilization;develop a cooperation strategy in forestry sector by identifying the challenges and opportunities on sustainable forest management in the region;
  2. establish a regional forest dialogue mechanism in Central Asia.

Key Topics

  1. Forestry development strategy and policy system
  2. Forest management and vegetation restoration
  3. Trans-boundary biodiversity conservation and fire management
  4. Sand-binding plants utilization and industry development
  5. Regional cooperation and dialogue in forest sector

Expected Outputs

  • Overall review of current status, major challenges as well as development trends of forest in Central Asia economies, Mongolia and Northwest China;
  • Summary of best practices of Central Asia economies, Mongolia and China in forestry development, forest management and vegetation restoration, trans-boundary biodiversity conservation, and sand-binding plants utilization;
  • Strategic plan on forestry cooperation among Central Asia economies, Mongolia and China;
  • Framework on establishing a regional forest dialogue mechanism in Central Asia.

Organizers

The workshop is co-organized by Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation (APFNet) and International Cooperation Department of State Forestry Administration (SFA).

Participants

The workshop will invite2-3 officials/experts from each economy of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia and China, as well as keynote speakers from international organizations and NGOs, totaling about30 participants.

Materials Requirement

The invited speakers and the participants from the economies are required to make a 15-minute PPT presentation in English, Russia or Chinese at the meeting. Relevant written materials need to be sent to APFNet Secretariat 30 days ahead of the workshop.

Venue and Date

The workshop will be held in Beijing, China on 23-24 September 2014. During the next two days, a field exposure visit will be organized to experience the forest management, best practices on vegetation restoration, desertification control and sand-binding plants utilization in Chifeng, Inner Mongolia, China.

Working Language

English, Russia and Chinese. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided.

Funding Mechanism

Necessary expenses occurred for the invited speakers and participants, including economic class return air tickets, accommodation and local transportation, will be borne by APFNet Secretariat.

Contact

Ms. LONG CHAO
APFNet Secretariat
Beijing, P.R.China
Tel: +86 10 66007866 ext. 8027
Fax: +86 10 8421 6958
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