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Asia-Pacific Forestry Week

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Concept Note for Stream 3: Serving society: forestry and people

Asia-Pacific Forestry Week

Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga, Philippines, 22-26 February 2016

 

Background

Forests cover one-third of the Earth's land surface and their conservation and sustainable management are essential for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A fundamental component of this must be respecting the rights, interests and values of those living in and around forests, especially in the developing world. This includes the understanding that forest peoples are effective stewards of their forests when they have an enabling environment. Conversely if the enabling environment is lacking then the SDGs will not be achieved, with forest peoples, for example, continuing to suffer from poverty and forests being managed in an unsustainable manner.

Every four years FAO organizes the Asia-Pacific Forestry Week (APFW). The last APFW was held in Beijing in 2011. The next APFW will be organized in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga, the Philippines in February 2016. It is anticipated that over 700 people from across the forestry sector, and beyond, will participate in the event.

The main theme of the conference is “Growing Our Future!” This theme reflects the need for society to proactively integrate forestry into the wider context of sustainable development. The theme also explicitly suggests that forestry should no longer be seen as a separate extractive renewable sector, but rather encompasses a holistic approach to an integrated and sustainable development paradigm, under which economic, social and environmental objectives are equally addressed.

APFW 2016 will be held alongside the 26th session of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission (APFC). Plenary sessions will be convened where leading experts and public figures will share their views pertaining to the common theme. The major part of APFW 2016 will be run as five parallel thematic streams:

  1. Pathways to prosperity: future trade and markets
  2. Tackling climate change: challenges and opportunities
  3. Serving society: forestry and people
  4. New institutions, new governance
  5. Our green future: green investment and growing our natural assets

 

The Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC) and The ASEAN Social Forestry Network (ASFN) will together lead stream three, entitled “Serving society: forestry and people”[1].

Stream Theme

People centered forestry for achieving SDGs

Objectives of the stream

The aims of stream three at the APFW 2016 are to:

  • Develop understanding for the opportunities that forests can provide for achieving the SDGs;
  • Recognize and empower roles of key forestry stakeholders—smallholders, Indigenous Peoples and Community Forestry members—as major investors and forest landscape custodians for achieving the SDGs;
  • Determine support from ‘forest investors’ (government, the private sector, development banks) and encourage innovative thinking with actions to prioritize investing in people-centered forestry in Asia  and the Pacific, and thus support achieving the SDGs;
  • Raise awareness of the ASEAN Agenda and how this complements the work on the Asia-Pacific level in addressing issues of mutual concern, such as food security, forest conservation, community economy and livelihoods, as well as climate change mitigation and adaptation; and
  • Develop key commitments and action points that key forestry stakeholders can deliver over the coming years in supporting SDGs under their respective roles and contexts.

 

Target audience

The stream sessions aim to attract around 100 participants at APFW who are key forestry stakeholders from government, development agencies, indigenous and local forest communities, small forestry farm holders, forestry investors, academics, civil society, and media.

Draft Agenda for Stream 3

Stream 3, with its eight 90 minutes sessions will cover seven thematic areas linked to people, forests and the SDGs (see table below), the eighth session brings together the previous sessions in the stream mapping out a way forward, including action plan for strengthening Community Forestry/Social Forestry (CF/SF) for supporting the achievement of the SDGs.

We encourage partners and leads for each of the sessions on sessions:  3, 4, 6, and 7.

 

 

Session

Description and objectives

Potential process

Focal point and potential partners

1. Role of forests in achieving the SDGs

The role of forests has been identified in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly SDG 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss. Forests also contribute directly and indirectly to achieving other SDGs, and therefore full integration of the benefits of trees and forests in the SDGs is both desirable and feasible.

 

By the end of the session, participants will have a shared understanding of what the SDGs are, how important they can be in addressing the fundamental challenges facing rural communities in the Asia-Pacific region, and potential roles of forests in achieving those SDGs.

  1. Keynote presentation. Presentation introduces the SDGs, gives context including links to the MDGs.
  2. Introduction of the 17 SDGs by 17 countries. One country representative would introduce one goal and link to their country, particularly focusing on the why this goals is so important in their country, and provide a link to forestry in general.
  3. Wrap-up with roadmap and linkages with other 7 sessions in the stream and with other four streams.

RECOFTC & ASFN

 

Host Country, relevant national level stakeholders

 

2. CF/ SF as an opportunity for achieving SDGs

SF has been developed in significantly in the region in the last 30 or so years. In Southeast Asia, for example, this has been seen in the last ten years. Some countries have recognized the importance that forest needs to be managed by society. Although there is a trend that the forests that give to community is a degraded forests, there’s been good practices implemented. Also the strong policy has been launched in some countries.

By the end of the session, participants will gain more knowledge and extent more appreciation towards the roles of CF/SF in the region, and why these important initiatives deserve higher attention and significant increase of support.

Keynote presentation by ASFN Leader introduces the progress of CF/SF in ASEAN region

Introduction how some countries implemented CF/SF

Wrap up about the challenges and opportunities

 

ASFN and RECOFTC

3. Potential of Small and medium forest enterprises in achieving SDGs

SMFEs are a driving force in the development of social/community forestry, and will play a key role in achieving SDGs.

By the end of the session participants will have a shared understanding of the potential of SMFEs in the development of CF/SF, and in achieving the SDGs. There will also be shared understanding of the challenges they face and how these are being addressed.

The Event will highlight the potential and evidently extended support and investments for successful practices mentioned above.

OPEN

OPEN

 

 

4. The importance of agroforestry for achieving SDGs

Agroforestry is an important land use that can play a vital role in supporting the achievement of SDGs. (tenure issues, also in Forest Fires Control by Community Forestry/Social Forestry through clear access rights by practicing Agroforestry)

By the end of the session participants will have a shared understanding of the potential of agroforestry in achieving the SDGs. There will also be shared understanding of the challenges agroforestry faces and how these are being addressed, and why these deserve higher attention and significant increase of support.

OPEN

 

OPEN

5. Improving forest communication for people and forests, and achievement of SDGs

Achievement of the SDGs requires genuine coordination and commitments from all stakeholders. Effective communication becomes a critical means that does not only allow forestry people and public understand the value of forests in our society but seeking their changes.

By the end of the session, participants have a shared understanding of how various kinds of communication can contribute toward programme goals; how important communication is in addressing the fundamental challenges facing people and forests in the Asia-Pacific region; and potential roles of forest communication in achieving programme goals.

 

1. Keynote presentation from a top advertising and public relations agency about the power of good communications to reach different audiences, and 10 key tips for improving communication. Include real-time on-line survey of participants’ views of forest communication in their work in the region.

2. Introduction to participatory development communication (PDC), followed by panel discussion on 2-3 PDC case studies from the region.

3. Wrap-up with results of on-line survey, and introduction of the APFCN and FAO toolbox on forest communication.

FAO, APFCN, Forest Communication Network Global Group, private sector

 

 

6. Mainstreaming gender equity for achieving SDGs

Women play central roles in the use, management and conservation of forest resources and agricultural lands, however, they are often excluded from decision-making regarding land use management.

Customary practices and widespread perceptions that the forest and land-related sectors are more “suitable for men” result in women’s lack of opportunities to take part in landscape decision-making, lack of access to financial services, and lack of ownership of land.

This session would examine the value of SDGs in addressing gender issues for CF/SF, and vice-versa. The session will also give participants space to share ‘communication best practices’ on gender & forestry (i.e., innovative communication strategies and tools)

OPEN

OPEN

7. Payment for forest ecosystem services (PFES) and SDGs

Rural communities invest a great deal of time and resources in their land, often with little returns. The session would explore the value of payment for forest ecosystem services in supporting the communities in their work.

By the end of the session participants will have a shared understanding of potential of PFES in SF/CF, and in turn the implications for achieving the SDGs.

OPEN

OPEN

8. Way forward for People and Forests of the Asia Pacific region

SDGs are seeking practical and realistic commitments from all stakeholders.

By the end of the session, participants will have mutually agreed action plans and commitments for the coming years to ensure that Forestry and People can support the achievement of the SDGs.

  1. Presentation summarizing previous sessions on how CF can provide support in achieving SDGs and presentation of draft action plan based on previous sessions
  2. Workshop among audience: Discussion and agreement of draft Action Plan
  3. Presentations and discussion

RECOFTC & ASFN

 

Representatives from state members: Asia and Pacific

Private companies

Banks and development agencies

CSOs

Media


Stream Outputs

Various online materials pre/during/post conference including:

•         Brief on how Community forestry/Social forestry (CF/SF) supports the achievement of the SDGs.

•         Key findings and action points for the Asia-Pacific forestry community from Stream 3 sessions  

•         Knowledge and information dissemination through meeting sessions and other channels including social media.

 

How to get involved and request a session or side event

To request a session or side- event, register your interest using this online form[x1] . If you are unable to access the online form, please contact Ms. Valerie Wayte (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for further assistance.

Session costs

Organizations interested to host a session will need to cover the costs of US$ 4,000 (it is possible to share this with co-hosting partners). These funds will be used to cover costs of venue-hire, equipment, session set-up, materials, lunches and coffee-breaks, as well as the APFW field trip. All the logistics are arranged and the conference will give you exposure to a potential audience of hundreds of people very interested in the sustainable management of forests across the region.

Donors, development partners and projects working in this thematic area are invited to provide additional support. This will also include the availability of resource persons for the Stream sessions.

Individual Registration

Individuals wanting to participate in the session are asked to register online and tick Stream 3. This will allow us and the APFW organizers to plan accordingly.

We kindly ask those planning to attend the APFW to start making plans including seeking sponsorship if you do not have your own funding to attend.

Communicating Stream 3

A communication strategy is being designed and will be implemented building on the communication programs of the Stream and session leads and partners, this includes synergizing as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Contacts

Technical focal points:

Dr. David Gritten, Senior Program Officer, RECOFTC. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ms. Sagita Arhidani, Head ASFN Secretariat, ASFN. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Communication focal points:

Ms Detty Saluling, Communication Officer, RECOFTC. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ms. Alfi Syakila, Communications and Knowledge Management Officer, ASFN Secretariat. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Logistical focal points:

Ms. Somaya Bunchomtavakul. Administration Officer, RECOFTC. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ms. Ria Susilawati, Operations Officer, ASFN Secretariat. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

[1] The demands of society continue to evolve and change and society’s needs from forests and forestry have become more complex. Forests are expected to play new and larger roles in poverty reduction, food security and nutrition. Issues of tenure, community participation, equity, gender and conflict are more prominent now than ever. These issues generate important questions such as, to what extent forestry can take up the new roles and meet current and future demands of society? What knowledge and capacities do we need to grow and enhance? How can we mobilize support from people and forest dependent communities to sustain both the future of forests and their own futures?  How can we provide more tangible opportunities for communities and smallholders to improve their incomes and livelihoods?


 

 

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ASFN Participates on WFC XIV, in Durban, South Africa

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  • Sunday, 06 September 2015 21:24

September, 7-11, 2015- Durban, South Africa. ASEAN Social Forestry Network (ASFN) along with key Partner Organization participates on World Forestry Congress (WFC) XXIV. With the support from the ASEAN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC), ASFN will host two Side Events one on September 8, and the other on September 10, and ASFN arranges the Exhibition for the week during the WFC XIV that is located on Booth H10 with the ASFCC support.

The Side Event on September 8 with the title Vibrant and Thriving Social Forestry in Southeast Asia for Investing in a Sustainable Future will be organized in Hall 2D that will start from 19.45 and last until 21.00. The Event aims to showcase successes from the ongoing cooperation on social forestry in Southeast Asia through research, capacity building, development for livelihoods. It will comprise of the following activities: 1) Sharing a View from Within; 2) Forest Fashion Show; 3) Scents and Flavors Relaxation Cafe; 4) Participatory Musical Performance. The Event will promote on how forest dependent communities have the important roles for sustainable forest management and at the same time depend on the forest for their livelihoods, culture and tradition, and highlight on why investments are needed. The Event will screen the Movie from Manang Jenna, a local community from Sunflower weavers group, Bukidnon, Philippines, and followed with the fashion show of these products that have been adopted in the fashion label of Anthony Cruz Legarda, the well-known designer from the Philippines.

The Program will continue with the story about how the local community have rehabilitated the forest areas devastated from forest plantation by cultivating sagoo. The Program of the Event will have its finale with participatory musical performance of Participants and Attendees of the Event, by playing the Angklung, traditional instrument from Southeast Asia made of bamboo. At the end of the Congress the newly produced Angklung will be distributed to Participants as Souvenirs.

The Event on September 10 with the title Policy Dialogue on Social Forestry in Southeast Asia:  Investing in a Sustainable Future for People and Forests in ASEAN will take place at Hall 1B starting from 12:45 and last until 14:15. The Dialogue will highlight forestry cooperation of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the context of the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015. The Panel comes from diverse background, from government, private sector, CSOs as well. The ASEAN Countries seek to promote economic growth, social progress and cultural development through regional cooperation, collaboration and integration in economic, socio-cultural, techno-scientific and administrative domains. The Dialogue will focus on cooperation to enhance the contributions of participatory, people-oriented approaches to forestry policy and management, generically referred to as Social Forestry, to achieving food and livelihood security, addressing climate change, and fostering a vibrant and inclusive green economy in Southeast Asia.

The Event will open with a short film on the status, issues and opportunities in ASEAN forestry, featuring cooperation initiatives and lessons from social forestry implementation in the region. This will be followed by a Panel Discussion of distinguished Speakers drawn from key stakeholder groups and an interactive Dialogue between the Panelists and the audience. The Discussion will touch upon key issues confronting ASEAN in its initial steps towards a single market and production base, in which forestry is among the priority sectors for market integration.  Issues for discussion would include: finance and enterprise development; governance and institutional capacity strengthening; research and technology support (e.g., agroforestry, non-timber forest products processing, etc.); and policy incentives for equitable and sustainable forest management. 

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Press Release - ASEAN Economic Community and Its Inter-relationships with Community Livelihoods and Environment Conservation

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  • Monday, 01 June 2015 00:00

June 1, 2015 - Inle Lake, Shan State, Myanmar. The Union Minister of Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry (MOECAF)of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar H.E. U Win Tun will formally open the Conference on “ASEAN Economic Community and Its Inter-relationships
with Community Livelihoods and Environment Conservation” in Inle Lake, Shan State, Myanmar on June 2.

Deputy Minister of MOECAF H.E. U Aye Myint Maung, the Chief Minister of Shan State H.E. U Sao Aung Myat, Director General of the Forest Department of the MOECAF Dr. Nyi Nyi Kyaw, Senior Advisor for Global Programme Climate Change (GPCC) Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) Dr. Jurgen Blaser, Delegates from the ASEAN Member States (AMS), the Key Partners of ASFN, the ASFN Secretariat and ASEAN Secretariat also attend the Conference. More than 200 Participants from ASEAN Countries including representatives from Government, Civil Society Organizations, Donor and Development Agencies, Private Sector and Academic/Research Institutions will attend the Conference.

Organized by the ASEAN Social Forestry Network (ASFN) and Partners, the three-day Conference which starts on June 1 aims to: (1) share lessons and experiences on social forestry particularly with respect to climate change, community livelihoods, and sustainable forest management; (2) promote social forestry policy and practices in forest conservation within broader landscape management; and (3) strengthen dialogue and facilitate concerted action among the AMS, civil society, private sector, academia and other stakeholders to enhance the roles and contributions of social forestry in addressing climate change, food security and in promoting a green and inclusive ASEAN Economic Community. The first day of the Conference will showcase community forestry in Myanmar through Field Visits to areas in and around Inle Lake and Nyaung Shwe Township. Conference Participants will have the option of joining a Field Visit to any one of the following sites:

  • Lwe Nyein Forest: Learning on the role of CF in forest conservation in preventing soil sedimentation and providing alternative livelihoods, 
  • Inle Lake Wildlife Sanctuary: Learning on efforts in wetland ecosystem conservation and development of ecotourism in Inle, 
  • Mong Hsauk Forest: Learning on the role of CF in water conservation in degraded forest and agro-forestry development, 
  • Floating Garden in Nga Pe Gyaung Village: Learning on innovative alternative agricultural farming practiced by local people as alternative livelihoods.

Moreover, Conference Participants will be provided the opportunity for exchanging ideas and experiences and crafting recommended priority actions for ASFN during their particpation in the Conference that has been designed in three Plenary Sessions, three Parallel Sessions, and also Break-out GroupDiscussion Sessions. The topics to be discussed in the Conference Sessions are:

  • Plenary Session 1: “ASEAN Economic Community and Social Forestry: Readiness and Potential Impacts and Opportunities” 
  • Plenary Session 2: “Multifunctional Landscape Mosaic and the Promise of Social Forestry” 
  • Plenary Session 3: “Ensuring Fair Benefits from Forest and Land Use and Incentive for
  • Sustainable Practices” 
  • Parallel Session 1: “Safeguards and Forest related Investment” 
  • Parallel Session 2: “Community Based Livelihood and Conservation in Forest Landscape” 
  • Parallel Session 3: “Management and Governance of Dynamic Forest Landscape”.

After the Conference, the Delegates from the ASEAN Member States will gather for the 9th ASFN Annual Meeting on June 4-5. The main agenda of Annual Meeting is to discuss 5-year Action Plan for ASFN for 2016-2020 & Priority Areas for 2016-2025 for ASEANCooperation in Food, Agriculture and Forestry (FAF).

The ASEAN Social Forestry Network (ASFN) was established in 2005 to promote social forestry policy and practices in the region. ASFN aims to contribute to the goal of achieving food security and addressing climate change through sustainable, efficient and effective use of land, forest, water, and aquatic resources, by minimizing the risks and impacts of climate change. It has been contributing to the implementation of the ASEAN Multisectoral Framework on Climate Change: Agriculture and Forestry towards Food Security (AFCC), the Strategic Plan of Actions of the ASEAN Cooperation in Forestry, and the ASEAN Blueprints for ASEAN Community Building, particularly for the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC).

The ASEAN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC) is a Partnership Programme that aims to contribute to the ASEAN Mandate and Policy Framework through support for the ASFN and the ASEAN Multisectoral Framework on Climate Change towards Food Security (AFCC). With the support from the Swiss Government through the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the ASFCC addresses interlinked issues of food security, poverty and climate change particularly in forested landscapes in Southeast Asia through Cooperation and Partnership Programmer activities with the ASEAN Member States (AMS).

The ASFCC Partners are: Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Non-Timber Forest Products Exchange Programme Asia (NTFP EP), The Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC), the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) and the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA).


For more information regarding ASFN and ASFCC, please contact Ms Alfi Syakila, Communication and Knowledge Management Officer of ASFN Secretariat. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The ASFN 6th Conference and 9th Annual Meeting in Inle Lake, Shan State, Myanmar, June 1-5, 2015

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  • Tuesday, 14 April 2015 16:13

The ASFN Conference and Annual Meeting will be organized at Inle Lake, Shan State, Myanmar from June 1-5, 2015. The conference will be on June 1-3 with the themeASEAN Economic Community and Its Inter-relationships with Community Livelihoods and Environment Conservation. The Annual Meeting of ASFN Leaders and focal points from ASEAN Member States (AMS) will be scheduled on June 4-5.

The 6th ASFN Conference and 9th Annual Meeting will be hosted by the Government of the Union of Myanmar and will be co-organized by ASFN Secretariat and ASEAN Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC) Supporting Partners and civil society organizations (CSOs).

Director General of Forest Department, Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry, Dr Nyi Nyi Kyaw, in expressing his support for the ASFN Conference and Annual Meeting,  stated that Myanmar is very proud to host the conference and will do their best to support the event. He noted that Myanmar has policies relevant to the development of community forestry, particularly  the Environmental Law  issued in March 2012 and Myanmar’s Forest Policy of 1995.

The participants may use the conference as a platform to share thoughts, idea and experiences on social forestry and climate change with the aim to mainstream social forestry in the region and scale up its impacts. The first day of the conference will be dedicated to field trips to provide participants an exposure  to  social forestry in Myanmar. The participants will divide into two groups.  The first group will visit Lwe Nyein Forest and Inle Lake Sanctuary Wildlife, while the second group will visit  the Mai Thauk Forest and Nga Pal Chaung Floating Farms. The main conference will be held on the second and third days, and will consist of  plennary  and  parallel sessions.

The conference  is designed to enable the participants  to share lessons and experiences on social forestry, particularly with respect to climate change, community livelihoods, and sustainable forest management. The expected results include sharing of social forestry models within the region to support local livelihood development and forest conservation; exchange of key lessons learned on people’s engagement in forest management  and livelihood development and their inter-relationships with the ASEAN Economic Community; and agreed conclusions and recommendations from the AMS and other stakeholders for the proposed Strategic Plan of Actions of ASFN for 2016-2025, to be reported to the ASEAN Senior Officials on Forestry for endorsement and submission to the ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry.

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Three Proposals will be funded by ASEAN Social Forestry Network Strategic Response Fund (ASRF)

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  • Wednesday, 28 January 2015 12:59

Los Banos, Philippines - The ASEAN Social Forestry Network Strategic Response Fund (ASRF) Program Steering Committee (PSC) met on Thursday, January 22, 2015 in Los Banos, Philippines. The Meeting assessed eight proposals that have been shortlisted under the Second Call, then decided to approve three proposals (subject to some clarifications) that will be funded through the ASRF scheme.

The proposals are: (i) “Linking forest, water and energy: Assessing socio-economic and environmental impacts of forest management and micro-hydro development at buffer zone of a conservation area in West Java, Indonesia”; (ii) “Finding lessons learnt and finalizing the technical guidelines on the forest-based income generation models in Vietnam” and (iii) “Resource trends assessment and feasibility study for improving food security and livelihoods resilience through sustainable harvesting, rehabilitation and marketing in Siem Reap, Cambodia”.

The three approved proposals will contribute to strengthening community forestry in the region through the assessment of socio-economic and environmental impacts of community forestry projects; improvement of the management, policy implementation, networks of community forestry; and resource trends assessment and feasibility studies of sustainable harvesting of non-timber forest products. Meanwhile five other proposals require more work and clarification.

The PSC Meeting was chaired by ASFCC Regional Advisor Dr. Doris Capistrano and attended by the ASEAN Member States (AMS) Representatives of the environment and forestry related Ministries from Malaysia: Dr. Megat Sany Megat Ahmad Supian the ASOF and ASFN Leader, and Mr. Md Razie Harun Madin; from Myanmar (Mr. Thein Saung the ASFN National Focal Point); from Lao PDR (Mr. Sengrath Phirasack the National Focal Point); from Indonesia (Mrs. Sri Lasmi Budi the National Focal Point and as Host Country of ASFN Secretariat); from SEARCA (Dr. Bessie M Burgos the Acting Program Head for Research and Development and Ms. Amy M Lecciones the ASRF Regional Program Coordinator); and Head of ASFN Secretariat Ms Sagita Arhidani.

SEARCA Director Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr. in his Opening Remarks explained that SEARCA is pleased to be the implementing agency of this grants facility of the ASFN. He believes it nicely complements and articulates the Center’s focus on Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development (ISARD) as part of SEARCA 10th Five-Year Plan. “In our expanded definition of agriculture, the forestry sector where increasing population threatens the natural resource base is very much a major concern,” he said.
SEARCA recognizes that the challenge is to promote sustainable forest resource management through projects and programs that respond to emerging issues and challenges in the uplands. This includes climate change coupled with the need to ensure that the survival and livelihood needs of the growing population are met.

During the deliberations, in representing Myanmar as the current Vice Chair of ASFN, Mr. Thein Saung suggested the ASFN 6th Conference and 9th Annual Meeting scheduled for June 1 to 5, 2015 in the Inle Lake in Myanmar, as part of the venues for disseminating the results from the activities implemented by the ASRF Grantees.

In the Conclusions and Recommendations Session, Dr. Megat Sany the current Chair of ASFN acknowledges the usefulness of the ASRF opportunity that needs to be optimized for the ASEAN Member States in addressing the emerging issues and in promoting the regional capacity among ASEAN and to the international level, among others in the R&D and technology towards Green ASEAN and for the ASEAN Economic Community and the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community.

Proposal Development Assistance (PDA) will be the next activities to be undertaken by the ASRF Team for ensuring the benefits from the ASRF opportunity in more ASEAN Member States following Cambodia and Vietnam that are already in implementation stage of the proposals from the First Call.

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