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The Second Meeting of the APFNet Council and Board of Directors held in Cambodia


The Second Meeting of the APFNet Council was held in Siem Reap, Cambodia on May 10, 2016 and hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) in Cambodia. The Council, composed of 26 member economies and 5 member international organizations, plays an advisory role for the Board to make decisions.


APFNet’s new strategic plan for 2016-2020 commits to support global forest goals -- Board Directors adopt 5-year strategy in principle during annual meeting


12 May 2016, Siem Reap - APFNet’s Board of Directors, the network’s highest decision-making body, adopted the second APFNet Strategic Plan in principle today. It highlights contributing to “the achievement of global goals and targets related to forests” through the organization’s activities in the Asia-Pacific region.


APFNet at Asia Pacific Forestry Week 2016

APFNet was one of the stream leaders of Stream 5 Our Green Future: Green Investment and Growing Our Natural Assets


Stream 5 Opening Plenary – “Green investment is to consider not only the economic benefit but also social and environmental benefit,” said Mr Qu Guilin, Executive Director of APFNet, at his opening remarks.


Investment in forestry – It’s not just about trees

Successful investments rely on smallholder engagement and enabling policies, experts stress at the APFNet-led green investment theme at Asia-Pacific Forestry Week


Working with communities to clarify land tenure and ownership is a core part of assessing and managing long-term investment risks. (Source: Ms. MaryKate Bullen, New Forests Pty Ltd.)

29 February 2016, Clark, Philippines – The rise of Asia as a hotspot for forest product demand growth has generated increased interest and opportunities in the forestry sector, but challenges remain if green investment is to be realized, said Dr. David Brand, forest investment expert and CEO of New Forests Pty Ltd.


Asia-Pacific universities explore collaboration to enhance forestry education

Cooperative online programs are identified by forestry education experts as the most effective way forward

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Asia-Pacific universities discuss the potential of cooperative online courses to enhance education collaboration in the region.

24 February 2016, Clark, the Philippines – Deepened linkages between Asia-Pacific universities are needed to strengthen the quality and availability of forestry education, in order to meet the increasing focus of forestry in international conventions and emerging forestry issues such as climate change, carbon management and ecosystem services, experts agreed.