APFW 2019

Asia-Pacific Forestry Week 2019

APFW 2019

The seven sessions that comprise Stream 2 will take place within the larger APFW 2019 event. Five streams will run in parallel, working in tandem to develop innovative approaches to the region’s challenges. Each stream will contain a wide range of events, including plenaries, workshops, seminars and trainings.

Although Stream 2 runs parallel with the other four streams, its emphasis on inclusive and equitable cooperation is important to all of the other streams. By focusing on a people-centered model of forestry, Stream 2 informs and enhances the topics covered in this years APFW.

Stream 1: Restoring our forests and landscape

Forest restoration is a global and regional priority. This stream will not only discuss different restoration focuses and approaches (for example, urban and peri-urban forestry, forest and landscape restoration, community-based restoration and so forth), but also explore the links between restoration efforts and financing and investment opportunities including the involvement of the private sector.

Stream 2: People and forests living in harmony

Forests play an important role in reducing poverty, enhancing food security and supporting local livelihoods.The stream will focus on social dimensions of forests, addressing issues related to tenure, equity, gender, and community participation and discuss how forests can provide more tangible opportunities for communities to improve their incomes and livelihoods sustainably

Stream 3: Building a resilient environment

A range of old concerns and new ideas will be discussed under this stream, including progress on REDD+ implementation, forest sector contribution to Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), reduction and management of disaster risks and emerging green technologies to help us to increase resilience to climate variability.

Stream 4: Promoting responsible trade and markets

The stream will discuss emerging trends in trade, markets and consumer behavior of timber and non-timber forest products as well as forest ecosystem services. Forestry industry development in the region and with a focus on smallholders will also be discussed in this stream.

Stream 5: Innovating governance and institutions

A number of countries in the Asia-Pacific region have completed or are undergoing forestry policy and governance structure reforms in recent years. This stream will share and exchange experience from the countries. The stream will discuss how to address natural resources conflicts and transboundary issues as well as how forests have been contributing to the SDGs and other international agreements.

The Center for People and Forests is organizing, together with ClientEarth, one session in Stream 5. "Assessing the legal foundations for successful community forestry," explores the legal framework needed for community forestry to succeed. 

For more information on this year’s Asia-Pacific Forestry Week, please visit the official APFW website.