BRINGING BACK THE FORESTS
Policies and Practices for Degraded Lands and Forests

Proceedings of an International Conference
7-10 October 2002, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia


Editors: H.C. Sim, S. Appanah and P.B. Durst

RAP PUBLICATION 2003/14

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Bangkok, Thailand
2003

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ISBN No.: 974-7946-43-2

For copies of the report, write to:
Patrick B. Durst
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Abstract

Forests are important natural resources that fuel the continuous economic and social development of many countries. This is especially true of many developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region. However, the rather rapid economic and social development experienced by many of these countries was partly fuelled through exploiting these natural resources in an unsustainable manner. Concerned with the severity of the problems, a number of countries in the region have implemented numerous forest rehabilitation projects. While much knowledge and experience have been gained from these initiatives, they have not been widely publicized or adopted. There is an urgent need to bring this understanding to natural resource managers and policy-makers so that appropriate action is taken and supporting policies are adopted. This publication, the proceedings of a conference held in October 2002 in Malaysia, is a collection of some of the most valuable papers that have been recently produced on the subject.