The Asia-Pacific Forestry Planning Workshop was held from 18 to 19 January 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand, in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization – Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific and the Royal Forestry Department of Thailand. The workshop gathered 23 participants from government forestry planning departments, non-governmental organizations and international governmental organizations. The main objective of the workshop was to elaborate on past discussions, to analyze and finetune the key programmatic elements of establishing the APFNet Asia-Pacific Forestry Planning Network (FPN).
Selected key messages from the workshop:
Strategic planning is not a one-time exercise, but an ongoing process. In this sense, every effort needs to be made to adapt existing plans to make it understandable, relevant and implementable at different levels on an ongoing basis.
Plans are becoming more integrated – initially, the focus of forestry planning was on harvesting and logging – but increasingly other components are also being integrated including the considerations of other sectoral plans and developments outside national borders.
There is an urgent need for the provision of platforms to share ideas and experience, especially given the implication of rapid changes and emerging uncertainties.
The FPN should focus on capacity building in strategic planning to support the production of improved strategic plans. What distinguishes strategic plans from other plans is that strategic plans provide strategic directions to the forestry sector.
The FPN should enable economies to understand the larger picture of developments taking place that directly and indirectly impact the forest sector. Providing a platform for experience sharing should be a key thrust of the FPN.