26 November – 7 December 2013     Yunnan, China

Sponsored by:

Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation (APFNet)

Organized by:

APFNet Kunming Training Center (APFNet-KTC)

Supported by:

Southwest Forestry University (SWFU)


Community forestry is a major strategy to improve livelihood and reduce poverty in rural areas; it empowers local people to manage forest resources through collective efforts. The implementation of community forestry involves the transfer of forest ownership or rights from the government to the communities and individuals through various policies, programs and agreements. This special type of forestry management approach can be a critical step towards the multi-functionality of community forestry development that underscores the need to consider ecological, environmental, economical, social, cultural and others aspects of the society or community in forestry development. For example, biodiversity in community forests, serving as important seed sources and wildlife refuges, is often much richer than other types of land use as agricultural land, timber forests etc. in the same geographic area, particularly for regions where natural forests have been severely disturbed. Moreover, many indigenous species from forest are utilized by local communities for foods and medicines for generations. These traditional wisdoms could be lost if forest destruction and unsustainable management persist.

Most developing economies in the Asia-Pacific Region rely heavily on forest resources for the provision of livelihoods and economic productivity. Decades of economic development have resulted in serious forest degradation as well as marginalization of forest dependent communities. Government agencies in forest sector are facing immense challenges in protecting the vast ranges of remote forest lands due to the limited fiscal and human resources to mitigate the conflicts with local communities. It is proved that the well-designed and well-implemented forestry program has become an effective way to improve the community development, including restore the degraded land, conserve the biodiversity, and increase the income of the local community by supplying the forest products, enhancing the capacity of women and disadvantaged groups.


  • Review multi-functionality of the community forestry, particularly on biodiversity conservation and livelihood improvement in Asia Pacific region through sharing information among the participants;
  • Enhance knowledge both on theory and practices of multi-functionality of community forestry development for poverty alleviation and biodiversity utilization;
  • Present and identify the approaches and management skills to implement community forest programs with multi-functions in an effective way;
  • Strengthen the connection among policy makers, technique providers and forest practitioners in the region on the multi-functionality of community forestry development.

Main Topics

  • Policies and strategies on multi-functionality of community forestry development;
  • Effective implementation approaches of community forestry programs with multi-functions ;
  • Community forestry development for livelihood improvement and poverty alleviation;
  • Integration of multi-function approaches into policy making process on community forestry development.

Course Structure and Training Approaches

  • Keynote lectures: keynote lectures will be delivered by invited resource persons and will cover strategy of community forestry development with multi-functions, the biodiversity conservation, livelihood improvement and other issues related to sustainable management of community forestry;
  • Participant presentation: participants are required to make presentations on the workshop topics during the workshop based on the situation of the their economies;
  • Groups and discussions: group discussions and interaction will be organized to motivate the participants actively involved in workshop topics;
  • Field visits: field visits will showcase the performance and practices of multi-functional community forestry development in Yunnan province.

Targeted Participants

The workshop is tailored for forestry officials who have experiences in forestry program management with a community forestry background. One participant from selected economy in the Asia-Pacific region will be invited to ensure sufficient learning opportunities and broad exchange of ideas. Each participant is required to submit a paper (doc file) and a 30-minute presentation (power point file) following the outlines (See Annex 2) for presentation during the workshop.

Application Deadline: 20 October 2013

For further information please contact:

Ms. Yuan Mei
Program Officer, APFNet Secretariat
Tel: +86 10 66007866 ext.8024   Fax: +86 10 8421 6958
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Address: Baoneng Center, 12 Futong East Street Wang Jing, Chaoyang District
Beijing, P.R.China 100102

Ms. Pan Yao
Program Officer, APFNet Kunming Training Center
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Address: No. 300 Bailongsi, Southwest Forestry University,
Kunming, Yunnan Province, P.R.China 650224

Annex 1: pdfParticipants Requirements and Application Process73.18 KB

Annex 2: pdfProposed Outline of Participant Paper66.13 KB

Annex 3: pdfProgram Schedule100.34 KB