Themes & activities

The APFC discusses and analyzes forestry issues to promote environmentally sound, socially acceptable and economically efficient technologies and to encourage implementation of appropriate policies in line with changing trends in forestry. The specific activities implemented by APFC are decided upon by member countries during each APFC session.

APFC does not formally employ staff, but rather works through study groups, working groups, networks and committees established to address specific issues. This informal method of working enables member countries to participate in activities that are of interest and/or relevant to their particular country. The Secretariat of APFC is hosted and staffed by the forestry department of the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAPO).

APFC focuses on three main areas of work:
  • Promoting improvement in forest management for multiple benefits;
  • Forest policy, economics and institutions; and
  • Fostering greater involvement of people in forestry.