The 3rdRegional Workshop on Strategic Forestry Cooperation in Greater Central Asia
June 28-30, 2017
State Agency of Environmental Protection and Forestry of Kyrgyzstan (SAEFK)and Institute of Regional Development (IRD)
The Greater Central Asia Region (GCA) is characterized by arid and semi-arid climates, and economies within the region share common environmental challenges such as water scarcity, low soil water retention and productivity and severe desertification, which are all exacerbated with climate change and economic transition.
In response to the above challenges, international efforts and goals include the Paris Agreement on climate change, United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) have been set and promoted for decades. Sub-regional programs include the components on ecosystem conservation and sustainable development in the One Belt and One Road development initiative also emphasizes balancing between environmental protection and socioeconomic development.
What has AFNet done so far?
In 2014 (in China) and 2015 (in Mongolia), APFNet collaborated with partners from the GCA to gather senior (Director General level) forestry officials and NGOs to discuss forestry development issues in GCA, share good practices and identify potential collaborative actions that address domestic and transboundary forestry issues while aligning with existing international/regional efforts. The result of these discussions is the Strategic Framework for forestry cooperation in the Greater Central Asia(referring to as “Regional Framework” in the following text).
As an organization mandated to promote sustainable forest management in the region, APFNet is in a unique position to support GCA economies to coordinate actions under the Regional Framework. As such, the Regional Framework outlines activities in alignment with APFNet’s activity pillars in policy dialogue, capacity building, demonstration projects and information sharing.
The 2014 and 2015 workshops culminated into the First Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Forestry in GCA in Astana (Kazakhstan), 2016. To affirm and further mobilize the commitments of governments under the Regional Framework, ministers from participating economies officially adopted the Astana Statement.
In follow up to the ministerial meeting and regional workshops, the 3rd Regional Workshop on Strategic Forestry Cooperation in Greater Central Asia is proposed to further elaborate on the priorities identified in the Astana Statement and Regional Framework, discuss approaches to translate priorities into actions, and identify concrete activities following the workshop.
The objectives of the workshop are to:
1. Revisit the Regional Framework and discuss how corresponding actions may be developed;
2. Develop ideas for translating the Astana Statement into concrete actions in line with the specific needs of GCA economies, opportunities offered by the Regional Framework and APFNet’s activity pillars in capacity building, demonstration projects and policy dialogues; and
3. Share experience, best practices and updates on forest management, and policy development that address domestic and transboundary forestry challenges.
The following outcomes are envisaged from the workshop:
1. Information on the latest forestry development approaches, policies and other good practices in the GCA;
2. Proposals and suggestions on activities and projects under the Regional Framework and in correspondence to the Astana Statement; and
3. Strengthened networks among senior forestry officials in the GCA.
The workshop will support two participants from each GCA economy to attend. To ensure the successful implementation of the workshop, economies are kindly requested to nominate participants that fulfill the following criteria;
1. One senior officer working at the central level to manage forestry development and efforts to combat desertification;
2. One senior expert with extensive research and professional experience in forestry development and desertification mitigation;
3. Good English communication skills for both participants.
In addition, representatives of relevant NGOs and institutes in the GCA will be invited to the workshop.
The workshop will consist of two days of meeting sessions and a one-day field visit as outlined below:
DAY 1 - 28 June 2017
· Opening session
· Review of progress and status of the Regional Framework and Astana Statement
· Experience sharing on forest management and combating desertification
· Identification of capacity building needs and opportunities under the Regional Framework
· Identification of policy dialogue needs and opportunities under the Regional Framework
DAY 2 - 29 June 2017
· Recap of Day 1
· Panel discussion on their personal experience of best practices on forestry practices
· Identification of needs and demonstration project opportunities under the Regional Framework
· Identification of way forward, priorities and follow up actions (SWOT Analysis/ Group Discussion)
· Discussion on the 4th Workshop and 2nd Ministerial Meeting
· Closing Session
DAY 3 - 30 June 2017
· Field visit to vegetation restoration and/or desertification mitigation site
The workshop language will be English(TBC).
Organization and funding
The workshop will be designed and funded by APFNet, co-hosted by the State Agency of Environment Protection and Forestry of Kyrgyzstan (SAEPF) and Institute of Regional Development(IRD). APFNet will also provide financial support to the accepted participants in terms of roundtrip economy class flights, accommodation and per-diem.
Venue and Date
Date: 28 – 30 June 2017
Venue: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Ms. Yang ZHANG
APFNet Policy Dialogue Coordinator
Mrs. Umut Zholdoshova
IRD Project coordinator
Tel: +996 779 101201
Dr. Venera Surappaeva
Tel: +996 770994318