22-24 September 2014, Chifeng, China
Central Asia is a region endowed with rich and diverse natural resources, such as oil and gas, minerals, water, plant and animals as well as land resources. Kazakhstan alone is roughly the same size as all of Western Europe. This region is deemed as social and economic, cultural and ideological connections between East and West, South and North, between Europe and Asia.
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 and are considered as national resources, providing important environmental services such as climate regulation, soil and water protection, and sanitary and hygienic functions. They are also the leading force in the economy of these countries, supplying its population with forage, food, fuel (combustible), drug plants and are also used by people for recreation.
The species composition of the forests is extremely diverse. The main coniferous forests are represented by pines, silver fir, and larch, while spruce and Siberian pine. Among soft-wood broad-leaved species birch is the most commonly encountered and saxaul is the most abundant among hardwood broad-leaved ones.
In spite of the fact that the forests occupy only a small part of this region, a maximum concentration of biological diversity of plants species and hunting species of animals can be observed. Some red-listed rare species of animals can be met in the forests, including mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians.
Most countries has enacted forestry code, laws and policies to regulate public ownership, use, and the disposal of the forestry fund, to direct the protection, rehabilitation and improvement of forests and their rational use. With the support of international NGOs, such as World Bank (WB)，UNDP，UNEP，GEF，the Central Asia countries has implemented programmes and made remarkable achievement in forest regeneration and afforestation, conservation of biological diversity of forests, multipurpose use of forests, forestry operations and monitoring, and transition to Sustainable Forest Management. However it’s still a host of factors that restrain the forest management in this region, such as free grazing, illegal logging and poaching，forest fire and diseases, confliction of rights of land use, insufficient financial and technical support, as well as outdated forest resource information and forest product manufacturing techniques.
Globalization entails Central Asia region to collaborate and cope with common issues of the forest sector and establish a regional forestry cooperation strategy.
The objectives of the workshop are to (i) exchange information and experiences on forest management, vegetation restoration, trans-boundary biodiversity conservation and sand-binding plants utilization ; (ii) identify the main challenges and development trend of forest management, and comment on potential cooperation in terms of critical forest issues; (III) establish a regional dialogue mechanism in the forest sector amongst Central Asia economies.
·Forestry management and forest policy
·Trans-boundary biodiversity conservation and fire prevention & monitoring
·Sand-binding plants utilization
·Regional cooperation and dialogue mechanism in the forest sector.
·Overall review of current status, major challenges as well as development trends of forest in Central Asia economies and Mongolia;
·Summary of best practices of Central Asia economies, Mongolia and Inner Mongolia, China (core area of Northeast Asia) in forestry management, vegetation restoration, trans-boundary biodiversity conservation and sand-binding plants utilization;
·Draft cooperation strategy among China, Central Asia economies and Mongolia;
· Framework on establishing a regional dialogue mechanism in the forest sector amongst Central Asia economies.
Sponsors and Organizers
The workshop is co-organized by the APFNet and Department of International Cooperation, State Forestry Administration (SFA).
Partners and participants
The target audience of this workshop involve officials and experts from forestry agency of economies of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrghyzstan, Mongolia and China, as well as invited speakers from regional International Organization and Non-government Organization (NGO). 2-3 persons from each economy will be invited, and totally 30 people will attend the workshop.
Materials and information to be shared
The participants 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 15 days ahead of the meeting.
Venue and Date
The workshop will be held in Chifeng, Inner Mongolia, China in 22-24 September 2014.
English, Russia and Chinese. Simultaneous English- Russia-Chinese interpretation will be provided.
Necessary expenses occurred for the invited guests, including economic class return air tickets, accommodation and local transportation, will be covered by APFNet Secretariat.
Ms. LONG CHAO
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