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Asia-Pacific Forestry Week

Growing our future!

The main theme of APFW 2016 is Growing Our Future!

This theme reflects the need for society to proactively integrate forestry into the wider context of sustainable development. The theme also explicitly suggests that forestry should no longer be seen as a separate extractive renewable sector, but rather encompasses a holistic approach to an integrated and sustainable development paradigm, under which economic, social and environmental objectives are equally addressed.

Five parallel thematic streams

Stream 1: Pathways to prosperity - Future trade and markets

Examining emerging trends in trade and markets and global/local factors affecting these, a variety of key questions will be addressed, including what new trends in timber and non-wood forest products trade are emerging and how have these changed in the new millennium? What new products and services have emerged (for example, payments for ecosystem services)? How can we proactively grow awareness and buy-in for a sustainable forestry trade in the future amid increasingly complex demands of society?

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Stream Leader: International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and World Resources Institute (WRI)

Stream 2: Tackling climate change - challenges and opportunities

APFW 2016 will be held in the wake of another round of climate change negotiations to be held at COP21 in Paris in December 2015. A range of old issues and new ideas are expected to be discussed, many with implications for forestry. Questions which might be addressed at APFW 2016 include: What has climate negotiation achieved for forestry? Will current and future climate governance and financing guarantee our sustainable future? How do we cope with natural disasters and increase resilience to climate variability? How can we grow more political support to address pressing climate issues? How should countries’ forestry sectors respond to the current state of play?

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Stream Leader: Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and Pacific Community (SPC)

Stream 3: Serving society - forestry and people

The demands of society continue to evolve and society’s needs from forests and forestry have become more complex. Forests are expected to play new and larger roles in poverty reduction, food security and nutrition. Issues of tenure, community participation, equity, gender and conflict are more prominent now than ever. These issues generate important questions such as, to what extent forestry can take up the new roles and meet current and future demands of society? What knowledge and capacities do we need to grow and enhance? How can we mobilize support from people and forest dependent communities to sustain both the future of forests and their own futures? How can we provide more tangible opportunities for communities and smallholders to improve their incomes and livelihoods?

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Stream Leader: RECOFTC - The Center for People and Forests and ASEAN Social Forestry Network (ASFN)

Stream 4: New institutions, new governance

Forestry institutions are often outdated and do not transform as rapidly as society’s demands. Forest governance structures and systems exist at all levels and they are intertwined and at the same time very complex, posing a serious challenge of coordination, including inter-sectoral coordination. How can we better align and increase the flexibility of forestry institutions to meet their stated objectives and society’s rapidly evolving demands? How do we coordinate international, regional and national agreements to achieve SFM goals more effectively? What new institutions, capacities and technologies do we need to address the ever-changing demands of society? How do we grow partnerships for sustainable forestry development?

Stream Leader: FAO and Pacific Community (SPC) | Programme


Stream 5: Our green future - green investment and growing our natural assets

Natural resource stocks have declined in unprecedented fashion over the last three decades. We cannot sustain growth in the same resource-depleting ways as the past. We need to promote green investment and at the same time re-grow our natural assets. In doing so, how can we foster SFM, forest rehabilitation and restoration and conservation? To what extent and how can we mobilize green investment?

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Stream Leader: Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation (APFNet) and ASEAN-Korea Forest Cooperation (AFoCo)