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APFNet and FAO sign Memorandum of Understanding, commit to strengthen partnership

8 April 2015 – APFNet and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have agreed to deepen their partnership on sustainable forest management in the Asia-Pacific region.

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First meeting of the APFNet Board of Directors held in Beijing

8 April 2015 – APFNet convened its first meeting of the Board of Directors at the secretariat office in Beijing. In attendance were twelve board members from Australia, China, Cambodia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC). Minister of the Chinese State Forestry Administration, Mr. Zhao Shucong, was elected as chair of the board.

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APFNet provides support to develop community-based management in the Sungai Medihit Watershed in Sarawak, Malaysia

A tripartite agreement was signed by APFNet, the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and Forest Department of Sarawak (FDS) on March 23rd, 2015 in Miri, the second largest city in Sarawak, Malaysia, to launch the project: “Community-Based Sustainable Forest Management of Sungai Medihit Watershed, Sarawak”. Mr. Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan, the second Minister of Resource Planning and Environment in Sarawak, witnessed the ceremony.

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New project developed on taking a forest landscape approach to watershed management in Cambodia

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The project agreement signing ceremony was held on 18th March, 2015. Dr. Sokh Heng (Director of IRD-FA in Cambodia, left) and Mr. Qu Guilin (Executive Director of APFNet Secretariat, right) signed the agreement.

Following a feasibility study on taking the landscape approach to sustainable water management in the Prek Thnot watershed (located in Kampong Speu province in Cambodia), a field project was designed and developed.

The objective of the project is to build capacity and raise awareness on the concept of integrated watershed planning for central and local stakeholders through scientific assessments, analysis and participatory land use planning at the landscape level. The project also aims to improve community livelihood by promoting agroforestry and establishing community-based enterprises.

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Workshop for the completion of the Multi-functional Forest Restoration and Management of Degraded Forests project successfully convened in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, March 17th, 2015

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On March 17th, 2015, a project completion workshop was held for the project: “Multi-functional forest restoration and management of degraded forests” in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The project was implemented by the Institute of Forest and Wildlife Research with supervision from the Forestry Administration of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in Cambodia.

The workshop gathered a wide range of participants including project stakeholders and international experts who shared and discussed project achievements.

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