This publication, summarizing the outcomes of various events held throughout Asia-Pacific Forestry Week, is the end product of efforts by many individuals and organizations. The Week was in some senses a series of self-contained, “mini-events” – the organizers of many of which produced their own reports–the banner of “Forestry Week” provided the venue, the direction and the coherence to the various independent efforts, and this publication attempts to serve the same purpose. The original concept and direction behind Forestry Week and this resulting publication came from Patrick Durst (APFC Secretary), though the various partner organizations strongly shaped their respective events.
Deserving of particular acknowledgement is the tremendous role played by Viet Nam in hosting and co-organizing the event. Following this are acknowledgement of the roles played by the organizations that led the skilful planning and coordination of the three thematic days. These include: for the “Social Day,” The Regional Community Forestry Training Center for Asia and the Pacific (RECOFTC) and the Asia Forest Network (AFN); for the “Environment Day,” the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the USDA Forest Service (USFS) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); and for the “Economic Day,” the Asia Forest Partnership (AFP), the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC).
Thanks go to the multiple parallel event organizers, the reports of those who produced them, are compiled here. Specifically, summaries and final reports are included here from the following orgainizations: Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission, International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR), Asia-Pacific Network on Research and Development of Teak (TEAKNET), National Forest Programme Facility (NFP)/FAO, International Model Forests Network Secretariat (IMFNS), East Asia Forest Law Enforcement and Governance Task Force and Advisory Group, Asia-Pacific Forest Invasive Species Network (APFISN), Asia-Pacific Association of Forestry Research Institutions (APAFRI), Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Netherlands Development Organization (SNV), University of Melbourne, Southeast Asian Network for Agroforestry Education (SEANAFE), The Nature Conservancy, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Asia Forest Network (AFN), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE), British Council, World Conservation Union (IUCN), World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF), International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF).
Sincere thanks to the many organizations that provided financial support to Forestry Week, as well as the vast array of colleagues and institutions who lent their time, energy and expertise to make Forestry Week a success.