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APFNet 2014 Annual Report

APFNet Annual Report 2014

 
This past year saw APFNet make progress and transition as the international community began to negotiate new arrangements on climate and forests. Following the institutional development roadmap set in 2013, we made the necessary preparations to transform our interim governance structure into a permanent one. The Interim Steering Committee and Focal Points served their turn and prepared to merge into the APFNet Council, the advisory body of APFNet. This report summarizes APFNet’s progress and achievements in 2014.
 
 
Degraded Forest Rehabilitation and Sustainable Forest Management in the Asia-Pacific Region

Degraded Forest Rehabilitation and Sustainable Forest Management in the Asia-Pacific Region

 
The APFNet Workshop on Degraded Forest Rehabilitation and Sustainable Forest management was held from 1 to 12 July 2014 in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China. It provided a unique opportunity to share forest rehabilitation experience from several economies in the Asia-Pacific region. This paper summarizes the key findings from papers wpresented during the workshop, highlighting the nature and scale of the degradation problem, the causes of degradation, the impacts thereof, the ongoing efforts to rehabilitate degraded forest lands and the important lessons learned.
 
 
Transforming China's forests

Transforming China’s forests

 

The Experimental Center of Tropical Forestry (ECTF) embarked on an experimental program to test close-to-nature forestry, with the aim of developing sustainable approaches to the management of China’s subtropical forest plantations. The results of this program are now starting to materialize. This report examines eight case studies of close-to-nature approaches, that scientists at the ECTF believe can transform declining monocultural plantations into diverse, multi-storied, semi-natural forests, that are both highly productive and resilient in the face of environmental change. Such forests would produce commodity timber in the short term and large-diameter, ultra-high-value native timber in the longer term, thereby providing employment for local people and the basis of value-added industries.

 

 
APFNet Annual Report 2013

APFNet Annual Report 2013  June 2014

 
2013 was a year for APFNet to celebrate its first five years and embrace the future. In its first five years, and in 2013 in particular, APFNet had made considerable efforts to promote sustainable forest management in the Asia-Pacific region, together with the regional economies and other international organizations. Showcasing activities APFNet organized, featured stories of APFNet-funded projects and events it co-organized, this APFNet annual report presents an overview of achievements and progress APFNet had made in 2013.
 
 
Building a New Asia Pacific Cooperative Forestry Mechanism

Building a New Asia Pacific Cooperative Forestry Mechanism - APFNet's First Five Years  January 2014

 
This publication marks the fifth anniversary of APFNet by showcasing APFNet’s effort and progress on five aspects, Institutional Development, Demonstration Projects, Capacity Building, Policy Dialogues, and Information Sharing.