Our Vision:

The vision of APFNet is expanding forest cover and improving forest ecosystem quality in Asia and the Pacific to promote the multiple functions of forests, help mitigate and adapt to climate change and meet the changing socio-economic and environmental needs of the region.

Our Mission:

The mission of APFNet is to help promote and improve sustainable forest management and rehabilitation through capacity building, information exchange, and support for regional policy dialogues and pilot projects.

Our History:

Proposal of APFNet, September 2007, Sydney

The establishment of the APFNet, proposed by China and co-sponsored by Australia and the United States, was agreed by the 15th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in September 2007 in Sydney, Australia and was incorporated in the Sydney APEC Leaders’ Declaration on Climate Change, Energy Security and Clean Development to “enhance capacity building and strengthen information sharing on sustainable forest management in the forestry sector” in the region.

Launch of APFNet, September 2008, Beijing

The International Symposium on Sustainable Forest Management, as the kickoff event of APFNet, was held in Beijing, September 25-27 2008. The Symposium signified the inauguration of APFNet, with the APFNet Framework Document adopted and its website in operation.

Exploring institutional development of APFNet, August 2009, Jiujiang, China

An International Symposium on APFNet Development was held during 28-29 August, in Jiujiang, China. Participants from APEC economies, related international organizations, academic institutions held in-depth discussions and provided suggestions on the project priorities, institutional development and capacity building of APFNet.

Our Strategy:

In line with its mandate, the APFNet Strategic Plan 2011-2015 was adopted in November, 2011, which maps out APFNet’s development path in the next five years towards its mission and objectives. During the formulation process of the Plan, extensive consultations were conducted with experts and various stakeholders of APFNet, namely forestry consultants, APFNet focal points, partner organizations, the academia and research institutes.