Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Natural Resources and Environment

VISION:  Equitable, productive and sustainable natural resources development, utilization and management that contributes to human and ecological well-being throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

MISSION STATEMENT:  Support and facilitate member countries to sustain equitable, productive and sustainable natural resources development, utilization and management by providing policy and technical advice, monitoring regional dimensions and trends, conducting technology dissemination and capacity building, and facilitating regional cooperation.

The group promotes integrated natural resources management in the context of watersheds, river basins and ecosystems, ensures that cross cutting work is effectively facilitated and coordinated and that synergies are captured where they  are relevant, allowing a high degree of integration and sharing on key natural resource interfaces such as: land and water;  forest  and water; fisheries and water; fisheries and forest; aquaculture and land/water; climate change and livelihoods; and ensure that related issues also capture synergies with other groups (e.g. food production, safety and quality, statistics, livelihoods, etc.).

The group currently has seven professional staff encompassing the following expertise: natural resources data collection and analysis, trends and monitoring; support to policy development and implementation; participatory processes in support of natural resources management; ecosystem approaches to management; communication and liaison; subsectoral technical specialization in natural  resources and their management (fisheries/aquaculture, water, forestry and land); climate change, carbon markets and environmental services.

While it’s well recognized that forests are our future, the time needed to restore and manage them more sustainably is running short, an FAO...
Bangkok, Thailand, 21 Mar 2014
Forests and grasslands combined cover more than 57 percent of Asia-Pacific’s landmass, yet forests alone account for only 20 percent – and they are...
Bangkok, Thailand , 19 Mar 2014
Forest loss and degradation remain major problems confronting the Asia-Pacific region which, if not addressed, will leave future generations a legacy of damaged ecosystems...
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 12 Mar 2014

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Upcoming Meetings
Title Location
22 - 23 Apr 2014 Inception Workshop for TCP/RAS/3408 – Control and Management of Destructive Forest Invasive Species in South Asian Natural and Planted Forests Colombo, Sri Lanka
05 - 06 May 2014 Equitable Development: Sustainable Landscapes, Green Growth and Poverty Reduction Jakarta, Indonesia
05 - 09 May 2014 Capacity Development to Support National Drought Management Policies Hanoi, Viet Nam

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