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PROJECT TITLE

Comparative Analyses of Transitions to Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation
EXECUTING AGENCY

Asia Pacific Association of Forestry Research Institutions (APAFRI)

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PARTNERS

  • Renmin University of China
  • Seoul National University
  • Kyoto University

DURATION

24 months, 1 Oct 2011- 30 Sep 2013

GOAL

The goal of this research project is to identify factors that can help to reduce deforestation and forest degradation, induce rehabilitation, and foster sustainable forest management.

OBJECTIVES   

  1. To assess the underlying processes that explain these forest cover changes
  2. To formulate categorization models characterizing the implications for forests’ environmental and economic benefits
  3. To enhance the regional capability and capacity in conducting study on forest transition to rehabilitation and sustainable forest management of forestry.

ACTIVITIES
Objective 1: to assess the underlying processes that explain these forest cover changes. Activities will be undertaken are as follows:

  1. Identify case study economies considering the cost effectiveness as well as factors such as forest cover changes, and social and economic conditions
  2. Identify Focal Points for each economy and provide training and learning opportunity for the FPs, and also younger researchers which the FPs may engage.
  3. Organize the first training workshop to build up a team for this project, to understand the underlying processes to forest cover changes, and to develop a research plan for each economy.

Objective 2: to formulate categorization models characterizing the implications for forests’ environmental and economic benefits.

  1. Produce report for each case study on forest transition to sustainable forest management and rehabilitation.
  2. Conduct minor research projects for Laos, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan and “full model” study for Korea, China, Philippines and Vietnam.
  3. Organize the second training workshop to further synthesize the plans for the case studies.
  4. Supporting visits to participating economies to support the FPs to collect data for comparative study, data analyzing, as well as reporting writing.
  5. Formulate categorization models
  6. Conduct comparative analysis

Objective 3: to enhance the regional capability and capacity in conducting study on forest transition to rehabilitation and sustainable forest management of forestry.

  1. Organize the third data analysis and documentation workshop to discuss the report and research paper from each participating economy.
  2. Compile the reports into a book titled “Forestry transition in Asia-Pacific region”.
  3. Organize an international symposium to discuss and disseminate project outputs.

EXPECTED OUTCOMES AND OUTPUTS

Outcome:

A comparative analysis of case study economies will identify common trends and common factors contributing to the underlying processes that explain these forest cover changes.

Outputs:

  1. An authoritative and peer-review compilation of the case studies and their comparative analyses.
  2. Conference presentations and educational materials.
  3. Enhanced capacity building of involving young scientists and graduate students from case study economies.

LINKS

The project inception meeting

First training workshop

Second project workshop

International conference Transition to SFM and rehabilitation: the enabling environment and Roadmap