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Innovative sustainable forest management education in the Asia-Pacific region- Phase II
25 Feb 2020     

Project title: Innovative Sustainable Forest Management Education in the Asia-Pacific Region – Phase II

Supervisory agency:  University of British Columbia

Executing agency: Executive Office, Asia Pacific Forest Education Coordination    Mechanism (AP-FECM)

Implementing agencies: University of British Columbia (UBC), Beijing Forestry University    (BFU), University of Melbourne (UM), University Putra Malaysia (UPM) and    University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB)

Institutions involved: 15  institutions among  East Asia,   Southeast Asia, South Asia, Oceania, and North America

Budget in USD (total / APFNet grant):   794,600 / 563,000

Duration:  April 2018 to March 2021, 36 months, on track

Target region: Asia-Pacific region


-  To develop  seven new online courses with an emphasis     on tropical forests;

-  To  Enhance the quality of forest education by integrating the world-leading edX online course platform (UBC edX Edge) with MOOC standards for all developed courses;


To provide a foundation for regional universities to further develop an online SFM Master’s degree program.

Expected outputs:

-  AP-FECM SFM Certificate Program established;

-  All developed courses migrated to the world’s leading online course platform (edX) and upgraded to massive open online courses (MOOC) version;

-  Seven new online courses on sustainable management of tropical forests developed;

-  Daily operations and administration of the online course program conducted.


Over the last few decades, Asia-Pacific economies, lacking a structured forestry training system, have been subject to a number of challenges when promoting sustainable forest management (SFM). This, in turn, limits their capacity to practice SFM in the field.

Therefore, in order to develop a holistic and comprehensive academic program to improve capacity building in that area in the Asia-Pacific region, APFNet funded the project “Innovative Sustainable Forest Management Education” in 2 phases.


The 6 SFM courses developed during phase I of the project (see: have attracted over 3,300 users and 37,000 views from 91 economies, and in 2016 received the “Award of Excellence and Innovation in the Integration of Technology in Educational Practices/Collaboration”.


Meanwhile, in order to upgrade and further promote the courses developed in Phase I, and aiming to establish a structured SFM online learning program to benefit the Asia Pacific region and students worldwide, in 2017 the second phase of the project, with courses that focus specifically on tropical forest, was initiated.


Main topic: Improving Sustainable Forest Management Education with innovative technologies微信截图_20180629145304.jpg

The new online courses to be developed during phase II put an emphasis on tropical forests, covering topics from forest measurement, planning, climate adaptation, carbon management to community forestry and providing local livelihoods. These courses, adding courses from phase I, provide a systematic knowledge base and skill sets for learners to understand SFM in a global context.


All these courses will be migrated to the world’s leading online course platform edX ( and upgraded to MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) version. On the edX platform, more functions such as user tracking, learner survey, learning analytics and discussion forum will be available to support student engagement and learning management. New educational technology like lab simulation, VR/AR, AI will be incorporated to course content and student assessment for improving learning experience and effectiveness of evaluation.  


These courses will offer a wide range of courses for an accredited online master program, which help filling the gaps in forest education across the region. 


Sub- topic: Establishment of the AP-FECM SFM Certificate Program

The AP-FECM SFM Certificate Program will be built on a more advanced learning management platform, integrating instructor-facilitated active learning activities and authentic student assessment strategies. Completion of the Certificate Program will be recognized with an AP-FECM SFM Certificate issued by the Executive Office of AP-FECM, the Asia Pacific Forestry Education Coordination Mechanism which was initiated and funded by APFNet.





Report on Forestry Online Course Development Workshop.pdf