Taking Stock: Assessing Progress in developing and implementing codes of Practice for forest harvesting in ASEAN member countries

RAP PUBLICATION 2006/10

TAKING STOCK: ASSESSING PROGRESS IN DEVELOPING AND IMPLEMENTING CODES OF PRACTICE FOR FOREST HARVESTING IN ASEAN MEMBER COUNTRIES

ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS

FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS
REGIONAL OFFICE FOR ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
Bangkok, 2006


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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) leads international efforts to defeat hunger by helping countries improve agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices and ensuring good nutrition for all. FAO is also a leading source of knowledge and information on agriculture, forestry and fisheries, and acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. FAO's mission in forestry is to enhance human well-being through support to member countries in the sustainable management of the world's trees and forests.

Founded on 8 August 1967, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) currently comprises Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam. ASEAN is committed to establishing a dynamic and integrated ASEAN Community, comprising three pillars of ASEAN Security Community, ASEAN Economic Community and ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community. ASEAN Vision 2020 outlines a firm guidance on ASEAN cooperation in forestry which calls for promoting forestry as a model for sustainable development by harmonising economic, social and environmental policies.

Cover photographs:
Elias, Indonesia

For copies of the report, write to:

Patrick B. Durst
Senior Forestry Officer
FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
39 Phra Atit Road
Bangkok 10200
Thailand
Tel. : (+66 2) 6974000
Fax : (+66 2) 6974445
E-mail : patrick.durst@fao.org

Public Affairs Office
The ASEAN Secretariat
70 A, Jl. Sisingamangaraja
Jakarta 12110
Indonesia
Tel. : (+62 21) 7262991, 7243372
Fax : (+62 21) 7398234
E-mail : public@aseansec.org

Printed and published in Jakarta, August 2006

© 2006 FAO & ASEAN
ISBN 974-7946-86-6

TABLE OF CONTENTS

FOREWORD

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

ACRONYMS

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

I BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES

II REVIEW, SCOPE AND APPROACH

III FINDINGS

Forest policy

Silvicultural systems and practices

Forest management practices

Forest harvesting practices

Current status and progress of national code development and implementation

Training in support code of practice and RIL implementation

Research and development

Impacts of national codes on forest harvesting and forest management practices

IV CHALLENGES, ISSUES, POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS AND SUGGESTED ACTIONS

V STAKEHOLDERS' VIEWS IN COUNTRIES VISITED

VI RECOMMENDATIONS

ASEAN's role in code implementation and application of RIL (2005-2010)

Areas of mutual concern for ASEAN, APFC, FAO's Regional Office and other regional organisations

The need for and objectives of future projects and activities

LIST OF REFERENCES

ANNEXES

Annex 1. Terms of Reference/Review Brief 

Annex 2. Institutions and People Contacted during the Mission

Annex 3. Selected Training Institutions in ASEAN Member Countries Offering Forestry Education