Highlights from the Asia-Pacific Forestry Week (APFW) 2019 

The Asia-Pacific Forestry Week 2019 (APFW) was held at Songdo Convensia, Incheon, Korea, between 17-21 June 2019. The APFW is the largest forestry gathering in the Asian and Pacific region organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) bringing the government, private, academia, and research sector together in one venue.

AFoCO, together with its partner organizations, APFNet (Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation) and SPC (Pacific Community), took the lead in Stream 1: “Restoring Our Forests and Landscapes”. Nearly 20 events and meetings were organized under this thematic stream, which is aimed at sharing about and enhancing understanding of the regional state and progress of forest and landscape restoration and exploring the way forward.

Recognizing that forest restoration failures typically result from the complexity of technical, socioeconomic, institutional and financial challenges, the Stream’s Opening Session set the stage for genuine engagement and dynamic discussions over the week.

(L to R) – Panelists: Ms. Susana Waqainabete-Tuisese (Conservational International Fiji); Mr. Martin Forsen (Burapha Agro-Forestry Co. Ltd); Dr. C.T.S. Nair ( Natural Resources Management Consultant); Dr. Don Koo Lee ( Seoul National University, Former Minister of KFS); Mr. Weragoda (Forestry Department, Sri Lanka); Mr. Werner Kornexl (World Bank);
Moderator: Mr. Patrick B. Durst (Forestry & Natural Resources Consultant)


AFoCO is exploring niche areas with partners such as CIFOR and FAO to translate sustainable forest management and climate change policies into effective initiatives on the ground in member countries.

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