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APFNet Trainers in Forestry (TIF) Network prioritizes future activities

The APFNet “Asia-Pacific Trainers in Forestry (TIF) Workshop” was held from 1-3 December 2016, in follow-up to workshops organised by APFNet in 2014 and 2015 on human resource development.

The workshop gathered participants from across Asia-Pacific to further co-develop the Trainers in Forestry (TIF) Network, a regional program launched by APFNet in 2014 (previously called the “Forestry Human Resource Development Dialogue”). The TIF Network aims to strengthen the effectiveness and efficiency of forestry training efforts in the Asia-Pacific region through information exchange, capacity building and collaboration.

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Participants getting to know each other during an ice-breaker activity on day 1

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Opening ceremony of the Mini Botanical Garden Park in Mongolia

Funded by APFNet and State Forestry of Administration of China, construction of the mini botanic garden in Mongolian National Garden Park has been completed and officially open to the public on 27 October 2016.

Upon the invitation of Ms. D. Ouynkhorol, Minister of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Mongolia (METM), Mr. Li Shuming, Vice Administrator of State Forestry of Administration of China and Mr. Lu De, Assistant Executive Director of APFNet attended the opening ceremony.

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Figure 1 Opening ceremony of the Mini Botanical Garden Park in Mongolia

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APFNet and Forestry Faculty of UBC Collaboratively Explore Further Cooperation

On 22 October 2016, Mr. Zhao Shucong, Chair of APFNet Board of Directors met with Dr. John Innes, Dean of the Faculty of Forestry of the University of British Columbia (UBC). The two sides looked back the cooperation between APFNet and UBC since 2010 and explored fields for further cooperation at the next phase.

Mr. Zhao highly appreciated UBC Faculty of Forestry’s effort in promoting regional cooperation on forestry education and in research on the role of forests in combating climate change. He also expressed gratitude for UBC to provide opportunities for APFNet secretariat staff for further study. Regarding the cooperation at the next step, Mr. Zhao hoped UBC and APFNet work together to disseminate the results of the project of Innovative Forestry Education in the Asia-Pacific region to more universities in the region.

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Mr. Zhao Shucong, Chair of APFNet Board met Dr. John Innes, Dean of the Faculty of Forestry of UBC

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APFNet held the consultation on Early Career Academics Programme during 2016 IUFRO-AO Congress

On 25 October 2016, APFNet held a parallel session of “supporting early career researchers, improving forestry research capacity” during the International Union for Forestry Research Organizations (IUFRO) Regional Congress for Asia and Oceania 2016 in Beijing, China. The session introduced the initial design of Early Career Academics Programme (ECAP) proposed by APFNet, and consulted professionals from forestry research institutes in the Asia-Pacific region on the concept note of ECAP.

ECAP intends to improve the research capacity of early career forestry researchers in the Asia-Pacific region through three components, including Early Career Research Grant, Early Career Forestry Researchers Fellowship and Forestry Science Forum, according to APFNet Secretariat.

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Participants at the APFNet parallel session

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Mr. Zhao Shucong, Chair of the APFNet Board met with IUFRO delegation and witnessed the MoU signing between two organizations

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On 23rd October 2016, Mr. Zhao Shucong, Chair of the APFNet Board of Directors, met with IUFRO delegation headed by Prof. Michael Wingfield, President of IUFRO and discussed the cooperation between APFNet and IUFRO at the APFNet Secretariat Office in Beijing. Mr. Zhao and Prof. Wingfield witnessed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing ceremony between APFNet and IUFRO.

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