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The IUFRO Regional Congress for Asia and Oceania 2016

October 24~27, 2016 China National Conference Center, Beijing

The Congress aims at reaching a common understanding about the status and trends of forests and the consequent research needs towards sustainable forestry development under such changes; and also generating research synergies for well-informed policy and decision making to meet the forest governance and management demands in the transition period. It will tentatively hold 100 concurrent scientific sessions, 500 m2 posters, and 1500 m2exhibitions.

More details at: http://www.iufro-ao2016.org/en/


APFNet Workshop on Forest Rehabilitation and Management

the opening_ceremony

Forest Degradation defined as “changes within a forest that affect the structure and functions of the stand or site and thereby lowers its capacity to supply products and services”, have huge negative impacts on environment and eventually influence human well-being directly and indirectly, these may include soil erosion, degradation of water quality, alteration of the water flow, carbon emissions increase and biodiversity loss, etc. With an increase in realizing negative impacts of land degradation, numerous initiative efforts have been made at the national, regional and global level during last decades.


First graduating class of APFNet Scholarship master’s students at Nanjing Forestry University

On 24 June 2016, nine students at Nanjing Forestry University (NFU) successfully graduated from the APFNet Scholarship Program (ASP). The students were the first graduating class at NFU since the program’s initiation at the university in 2014.


Class of 2016 ASP graduates at NFU.



Training workshop builds capacity on implementation of reforms to state-run forest areas in China’s northeast

The Natural Forest Protection Program (NFPP) was launched in 2000 to mitigate deforestation and restore protective watersheds in China. More recently, the State Council of China issued the Reform Plan of State-run Forest Farms and the Guideline of State-run Forest Areas in 2015, and a commercial ban on harvesting in state-run natural forests in Northeast China and Inner Mongolia has been in effect since April 2015. To deepen reforms on key state-run forest areas and build capacity of local Forest Bureau directors, the Workshop on Reforms on Key State-run Forest Areas was held by the SFA Human Resource Department, SFA Resource Management Department and APFNet from 21 to 24 June 2016.



APFNet releases comprehensive guidance on communications -- The APFNet Communication Guide provides templates and examples for developing communication strategies and tools

26 May 2016 - APFNet has officially released the first edition of its Communication Guide, which provides general guidance and good practices for communication, visibility and dissemination (CV&D) activities for all projects, programs and mechanisms.

The purpose of the guide is to assist APFNet project and program managers to develop and implement effective communication strategies, and share knowledge and lessons learned with target audiences.