Committee for Forestry and Fauna, Ministry of Agriculture of Kazakhstan (MoAK)
Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation (APFNet secretariat)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Kazakhstan
are pleased to invite you to
the First Ministerial Meeting Responsible for Forestry
in Greater Central Asia
to be convened in
Astana, Kazakhstan, 30-31 May, 2016
The First Ministerial Meeting Responsible for Forestry
in Greater Central Asia
Astana, Kazakhstan, 30-31 May, 2016
Committee for Forestry and Fauna, Ministry of Agriculture of Kazakhstan (MoAK) and
Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation (APFNet secretariat) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Kazakhstan
Greater Central Asia region in a broad sense includes China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and etc. This region is located at the crossroad among Europe, Asia and northern Africa, and displays a high bio-geographical, socio-economical and cultural diversity. Most economies in this region are nowadays keen to develop in a sustainable manner, combining economic growth with social justice and improved environment.
This region contains a small percentage of the world's forest area. Nevertheless, the forest functions of water and soil conservation and watershed management are important for all the economies. Most of this region is located in arid and semi-arid areas with harsh natural conditions, where sparse forest is scattered as mosaic among the arable land, steppes and desert. For instance, a significant part of Kazakhstan is desert but the northern regions, where the forests are located, are ecologically similar to southern Siberia. Kyrgyzstan is a mountainous economy with a predominantly agricultural economy. The forests of Mongolia are mainly located in the northern part of the economy along the Russian Federation border, forming a transition zone between the Siberian taiga forest and the central Asian steppes. Tajikistan is a landlocked, mountainous economy where most of forests are reserved for conservation and protection reasons rather than wood supply. Turkmenistan terrain consists of flat or rolling sandy desert with hills and mountains to the south. Uzbekistan's terrain consists of flat or rolling sandy desert with broad, intensely irrigated valleys and steppes in the east.
This region is ecologically very sensitive and predicted increased frequency of droughts and sinking of groundwater levels may threaten the stability of forest ecosystems of this region. These changes foreshadow problems, not only for the forests themselves, but also for the multitude of ecological services provided by forests to society. In particular, forest degradation is of special concern for all economies in this region due to illegal logging, illicit poaching, overgrazing, irrational use of water resources, forest fire and diseases and etc.
Another critical feature of the economies in this region is that they are in a phase of economic and social transition after deep political disturbances. The region is experiencing rapid social and economic restructuring, which has significant impacts on essentially all aspects of society as well as on land use and land cover. These changes have left their marks on forests and on the sustainability of forestry in general.
Within this context, there is urgent need for fostering a high political commitment for all economies in this region for transition to sustainable forest management and landscape restoration of forest ecosystem.
Based on the consensus reached during the 2st Regional Workshop on Strategic Forestry Cooperation in Greater Central Asia, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia during 15-17 July 2015, Ministerial Meeting Responsible for Forestry in joint with Regional Workshop on Strategic Forestry Cooperation, Demonstration Project on Sustainable Forest Management and Landscape Restoration and capacity building programmes are important tools for substantiating forestry cooperation in the region of Greater Central Asia.
·Exchange annual working priorities, enacted national forest policies, regulations, forest development planning and programmes of forest authorities in this region.
·Update the participants with the principle, attitude and stance that are uphold by the involved economies in regional or international forestry processes, and based on which, explore how to promote bilateral and multilatera forestry cooperation in the region.
·Develop the action plan 2017 for regional economies on the platform of Meeting Mechanism of Ministers Responsible for Forestry in Greater Central Asia, which will be an integral part of the national socio-economic development plan of the involved economy.
3 Expected outputs
·Report on forestry policy in Greater Central Asia, highlighting national forest policies, regulations, forest development planning and programmes of forest authorities in this region. A brief analysis of implementation of the above policies is also included in this report.
·Report on forestry cooperation in Greater Central Asia, focusing on the latest progress of involved economies participating in regional or international forestry process, and suggestions on boosting bilateral and multilateral forestry cooperation in this region.
·Action plan 2017 for regional economies on the platform of Meeting Mechanism of Ministers Responsible for Forestry in Greater Central Asia, including the theme of activities, organizers and participants, scope of activities, activities, financial and technical support.
Committee for Forestry and Fauna, Ministry of Agriculture of Kazakhstan (MoAK), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Kazakhstan and Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation (APFNet).
5 Potential Participants
Ministerial or vice-ministerial officials responsible for forestry affairs of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrghyzstan, Mongolia and China. Regional forestry organizations and financial institutions, which show interest in cooperate with APFNet in terms of forest projects in, are welcome to attend the Meeting as observers. Additionally expert panel is encouraged to attended the Meeting as observers.
A maximum of 3 persons of each economy will be sponsored to attend the Workshop.
6 Working language
English is working language at the workshop. English-Russian simultaneous interpretation will be provided during the Meeting.
7 Venue and Date
The workshop will be held in Astana, Kazakhstan, 30-31 May, 2016.Provisional agenda is attached herein for your information.
8 Materials and information to be shared
The participants are required to make a 15-minute PPT presentation in English only at the meeting. Relevant written materials need to be sent to APFNet Secretariat 15 days ahead of the meeting.
9 Funding Mechanism
Necessary expenses occurred for the invited ministerial or vice-ministerial officials, including economic class return air tickets, full board accommodation will be covered by APFNet Secretariat. Invited observers will manage the ecessary expenses for the Meeting on their own. Meeting place and local transportation will be sponsored by Committee for Forestry and Fauna, Ministry of Agriculture of Kazakhstan (MoAK) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Kazakhstan.
Ms. LONG CHAO
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