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Join APFNet in Stream 5 of Asia-Pacific Forestry Week! - "Our green future - Green investments and growing our natural assets"

APFNet is one of the co-stream leaders of Stream 5 at FAO’s Asia-Pacific Forestry Week (APFW), which will take place from 22 to 26 February in Clark, Philippines. The theme of Stream 5 is “Our green future: Green investment and growing our natural assets”.



Chair of the APFNet Board of Directors Mr. Zhao Shucong met with the Minister of Forests and Soil Conservation of Nepal


On 14 January 2016, Mr. Zhao Shucong, Chair of the APFNet Board of Directors, met with Mr. Agni Prasad Sapkota, the Honorable Minister of Forests and Soil Conservation of Nepal at the APFNet Secretariat Office in Beijing. Both sides discussed potential areas of cooperation on sustainable forest management and forestry development.

Call for Stream 5 events - Asia-Pacific Forestry Week 2016

Natural resource stocks have declined in unprecedented fashion over the last three decades. We cannot sustain growth in the same resource-depleting ways as the past. We need to promote green investment and at the same time re-grow our natural assets. In doing so, how can we foster SFM, forest rehabilitation and restoration and conservation? To what extent and how can we mobilize green investment?

APFNet and AFOCO (ASEAN-ROK Forest Cooperation) will co-lead Stream 5 of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Week, entitled “Our green future: green investment and growing our natural assets”.

Stream 5 is now calling for event requests from interested organizations to be session partners and contributors.The deadline for submission is 15 December 2015.

For more information about the event and to register, please visit http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/asia-pacific-forestry-week/en/


APEC leaders encourage continuous efforts towards the 2020 Forest Cover Goal

19 November 2015, Manila – The 2015 APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting was successfully concluded in Manila, the Philippines. APEC leaders reaffirmed their commitment to the aspirational goal in the Sydney Declaration (2007), of increasing forest cover in the region by at least 20 million hectares of all types of forests by 2020. APEC leaders also acknowledged the progress that APEC economies have made to the goal, as documented in the Assessment of Progress Towards the APEC 2020 Forest Cover Goal prepared by APFNet and FAO, and also called for continuous efforts on sustainable forest management and conservation.


Forest areas in the APEC region have increased by 15.4 million hectares in the period 2007 to 2015, to a total of 2.19 billion hectares. However, differences in forest cover change remain across individual economies.


APFNet continues to support multifunctional forest management project in Inner Mongolia

17 October 2015, Chifeng, China - APFNet officially launched the second phase of the Construction of Multifunctional Forest Management Demonstration Sites project at Wangyedian Forest Farm, on the outskirts of Chifeng city, Inner Mongolia. Mr. Zhao Shucong, Chairman of the APFNet Board, and Mr. Peng Youdong, Vice Administrator of the Chinese State Forestry Administration, jointly witnessed the inception ceremony.

During the project’s first phase, 1,153 acres of forests were created to practice close-to-nature forestry approaches, including the establishment of demonstration sites to enhance both planted and natural secondary forests. Community co-management mechanisms were also developed to engage local communities and staff in multifunctional forest management.