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.