BACKGROUND ON FORESTRY SECTOR OUTLOOK STUDIES

The rapid social, economic and environmental changes taking place in Asia and the Pacific in the 1990s created a robust argument for examining the effect that major future trends would have on forests and the forest sector in the region, along with the concomitant opportunities and constraints that such trends would pose. The first Asia-Pacific Forestry Sector Outlook Study (APFSOS) – a projection to the year 2010 – was endorsed in January 1996 at the 16th Session of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission (APFC), held in Yangon, Myanmar, and completed in November 1998. Since then, the APFSOS has served as a benchmark for other regions in conducting their own outlook studies. By themselves or together, these outlook studies have been useful in showing that there is an inextricable link between the future of forests and other domains of society and life. They can therefore play an invaluable role in helping to steer strategic planning and policy/project design related to sustainable forest management.

Considering the unrelenting rate of change in all areas of society and the environment that the Asia-Pacific region has been subjected to since the 1990s, the 21st Session of the APFC, held in Dehradun, India in April 2006, recommended that the first outlook study be revisited and extended to the year 2020. As with the first study, APFSOS II brings together a wide range of information, perspectives and prospects, culminating with the October conference and eventually the publication of the study itself.

To access the first Asia-Pacific Forestry Sector Outlook Study and the working papers, clickhere
last updated:  Tuesday, June 5, 2007