APFNet News



APEC ministers call for tangible actions on regional forestry cooperation

APFNet encouraged to provide support through information sharing, best practice exchange and policy dialogues

The 3rd APEC Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Forestry (MMRF3) was convened in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 27-29 Oct, 2015   Source: Shang Minglei


APFNet and SSC Forestry jointly commit to build forestry capacity in the Asia-Pacific region

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APFNet Executive Director Mr. Qu Guilin (front right) and SSC Forestry Managing Director Mr. Klas Bengtsson (front left), signing the MoU

27 August, 2015 – A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between APFNet and Svensk Skogs Certifiering AB (SSC Forestry).

It was mutually agreed under the MOU that assessing training needs, co-organizing capacity building programs, exchanging technical consultants and information sharing are the priorities of the cooperation.


APFNet and RECOFTC renew Memorandum of Understanding, to continue promoting community-based forestry development


26 August 2015 – APFNet and RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests have agreed to carry out further cooperation to promote community-based forestry development in the Asia-Pacific region.

At the signing ceremony on Wednesday 26 August in the APFNet Secretariat office in Beijing, Dr. Lu De (on behalf of Executive Director Mr. Qu Guilin) and Dr. Tint Lwin Thaung, Executive Director of RECOFTC, signed the Memorandum of Understanding to renew and improve the partnership for another five years (2015 – 2020).


APFNet is going to the XIV World Forestry Congress

Join us at the 14th World Forestry Congress (WFC) in Durban this year, where APFNet will be hosting the following side events:

  1. Innovating forestry education and training: effective learning in the new era
    • Date and location: 8 Sep 2015, 12:45 to 14:15, Hall 3BC
    • Co-organized by: FCDMM-APR and FAO
    • Contact person: Ms. Luo Xi (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  2. Integrative approaches to improve sustainable forest management under climate change
    • Date and location: 9 Sep 2015, from 12:45 to 14:15, Hall 1A
    • Co-organized by: University of British Columbia, IUFRO and the University of Melbourne
    • Contact person: Mr. Wang Guangyu (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  3. Forest change and transition in the Asia-Pacific region – exploring the past, present and future
    • Date and location: 9 Sep 2015, 18:15 to 19:30, Room 11AB
    • Co-organized by: FAO and the International Model Forest Network (IMFN)
    • Contact person: Ms. Alexandra Wu (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Come visit us at the APFNet exhibition booth, which will take place as part of the overall WFC exhibition!



The way forward for forestry cooperation in Greater Central Asia

To deepen forestry cooperation in a practical and tangible way and meet regional forest management needs, officials and experts in Greater Central Asia proposed a concrete action plan on strategic forestry cooperation in the region.

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2nd Regional Workshop on Strategic Forestry Cooperation in Greater Central Asia, 15- 17 July 2015, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

The action plan consists of regional demonstration project, forestry training program, in the areas of sustainable forest management, forest fire prevention and desertification.