Approaches and Programs

The overall goal will contribute to food security through sustainable, efficient and effective use of land, forest, water and aquatic resources. This is to be achieved through minimizing the risks and impacts of, and the contributions to climate change, as well as responding to various global, regional and national initiatives such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Strategic Plan for ASEAN Co-operation in Food, Agriculture and Forestry (2016-2025), the Strategic Plan of Action for ASEAN Co-operation in Forestry (2016-2025), and National Determined Contribution (NDCs).

Project Objectives

  1. Social forestry approaches are developed and integrated into the climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies of ASEAN and member states.
  2. Socio-economic benefits are derived from the inclusion of communities, women and vulnerable groups in social forestry and climate change adaptation and mitigation measures. 

Approaches and Programs

Participatory Action Research:

Research is a cornerstone of the sustainable management of forests, which under ASFCC, focuses on a Participatory Action Research (PAR) approach. PAR is designed to have a direct positive impact on the participants of the research study, meaning that the process is just as important as the research results. 

ASFCC and RECOFTC seek to build the capacity of national level researchers to engage in PAR, sharing best practices and date for social forestry at the national and ASEAN levels. 



An important pre-requisite to policy implementation is sound training on matters of social forestry in the ASEAN region. With over 30 years of regional experience, RECOFTC has created training activities at the national and regional level, as outlined in the ASFCC phase one program. 

The objective of trainings are simple: allow multiple stakeholders to distribute and learn more about social forestry in the ASEAN region and strengthen the capacities of individual actors. 


Study Tour: 

Learning first hand from those who have implemented successful community forestry mechanisms is one of the best ways to dissimentate knowledge and learn more about best practices. 

That is why ASFCC focuses on providing inclusive study tours designed to share knowledge among ASEAN Member States. 


National Working Groups:

Information obtained from Study Tours, Training, and personal experience can become obsolete if it is not shared to a larger network. 

Considering the need for learning interventions platform and a repository of information, phase II of ASFCC sought to support the development of CF working groups across ASEAN. 


Community Forestry Champions:

Even though Networks are important, they are still made up of individuals who champion the cause of forestry reform. That is why ASFCC seeks to accelerate action on making forestry policies more equitable and people-centered. 

ASFCC thus seeks to develop and support strategic and effective approaches to strengthen people-centered forestry by focusing on the policy level. 


CF Forums on People and Forests

ASFCC believes that communication between multiple stakeholders is important for proper policy to be strengthened and expanded.

ASFCC's Forums on People and Forests attempt to create the necessary atmosphere for dialogue to occur. The purpose? To highlight developments of social forestry in the region and disseminate and share stakeholder experiences and knowledge.