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Location: Kunming, China

Duration: 6-17 June, 2011

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Group photo of participants

A workshop on Community Forestry Development in the Context of Climate Change was launched on 6 June 2011, in Kunming, China. Sponsored and organized by APFNet in collaboration with National Plateau Wetlands Research Center and Southwest Forestry University, it is the third workshop under the “Forestry and Rural Development” thematic training series of APFNet capacity building program since 2009.

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Ms. Rosalie McConnell facilitated the workshop

The workshop brought together 16 senior forestry officials from 15 economies in the region, including Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Peru, Philippines, Thailand, Viet Nam, and so forth. Over the past decades, community forestry has emerged as one of the most promising options in combining forest conservation with rural development and poverty reduction. Some economies in the region have accumulated abundant experiences and expertise on the ground that are valuable and can be shared and summarized in a systematic way.

Therefore, this workshop is designed to enable participants to share the best practices on the ground to summarize the successful models and solutions and also to identify the key challenges and opportunities facing the Asia-Pacific economies in community forestry development in the context of climate change.

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Resource persons

The workshop has drawn dozens of professional expertise from government agencies, regional organizations and universities, such as RECOFTC, United Nations University and Royal Forest Estate Netherlands etc. By means of presentations, case studies, field tours and interactive discussion among participants and invited speakers, the workshop provided a regional overview of community forestry; highlighted its potential contributions to climate change mitigation and adaptation; and described the benefits that communities gained from practicing sustainable forest management. The venue also served as an effective forum for decision-makers and other experts to share experiences, practices, knowledge and lessons.

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Field trip to Qiubei County

Following the classroom segment of the workshop, a three-day field trip took place from 14-16 June 2011. Participants journeyed to Qiubei County where they visited sites of interest. Qiubei is home to 0.47 million inhabitants, comprised of 7 ethnic groups: Han, Zhuang, Yi, Miao, Hui, Bai and Yao. It covers an area of about 0.5 million ha, more than half of which is forested (52.43%). In 2010, the forest sector contributed 0.4 billion RMB to the local economy and earned farmers an average of 2646 RMB.

At the Chongtou Forestry Farm, which changed from a logging operation in the 1980s to one which now focuses on afforestation, protection and sustainable utilization, they observed how the intercropping of a cash tree (Carya illinoensis) with a rare species (Taxus yunnanensis) combined conservation with economic development.

Another highlight was a visit to Nijiao and Dalongtan where farmers are converting their farmland to forests. By planting multipurpose trees and cash trees, they reap greater benefits while protecting the environment at the same time. Participants also toured a demonstration garden which the country forestry department operates to help farmers learn about and understand forestry science and technology. In addition to research on breeding rare plants and cash trees, the garden provides valuable lessons on how to construct nurseries and establish forest enterprises.

 

Reference

    • Lectures by Resource Persons

Lecture 1: pdfA review of community forestry development in the Asia- Pacific region 4.75 MB
Dr. Yurdi Yasmi, RECOFTC

Lecture2: pdfCommunity forestry development in China 711.59 KB
Prof. Zhen Baohua, Yunnan Academy of Social Sciences

Lecture3: pdfThe Role of Community Forestry in addressing Climate Change3.03 MB,
Dr. Liang Luohui, United Nations University

Lecture4: pdfParticipatory Aspects of Community Forestry4.28 MB,
Dr. Win Myo Thu, Ecosystem Development Group (ECODEV)

Lecture5:pdf Community Forestry to Support Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+), Prof. K.G Saxena, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Lecture6:ppsx Reform of Forestland Tenure and Community Forestry in China26.71 MB
Prof. Shen Lixin, Yunnan Academy of Biodiversity

Lecture7: ppsxCommunity-based Sustainable Forest Rehabilitation and Management12.81 MB
Dr. Jaap Kuper, Royal Forest Estate in Het Loo, the Netherlands