The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and its partners invite people interested in, and committed to, sustainable forest management in Asia and the Pacific to come together for Asia-Pacific Forestry Week in Clark Freeport Zone, Philippines, 22-26 February 2016.
Held in conjunction with the 26th Session of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission, APFW 2016 is expected to be one of the largest and most important forestry gatherings in the region in 2016. The Week is designed to encourage broad participation and capture the synergies of running many events under a single umbrella. Organizations with an interest in Asia-Pacific forestry are invited to run their own partner events during the Week. Don’t miss this important opportunity for your organization. Event applications close 15 December.
This week, over 20 experts from the FAO, the International Tropical Timber Organization, the Brazilian Forest Service, the Center for International Forestry Research and the Centre de Coopération International en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement are joining forces to improve forest concession policies and practices, particularly for tropical production forests. Awarding forest concessions has been the primary means of allocating timber harvesting rights to the private sector, particularly in tropical forests. Industrial forest concessions have a poor track record over the years, but there are some successful examples. Simplicity, stability and transparency from government authorities, and independent certification of the concession area are probably some of the fundamental factors for success. Well-managed forest concessions have the potential to sustainably deliver both direct and indirect environmental and social benefits to the community. The joint initiative will provide practical guidance to countries in the design, implementation and evaluation of forest concession systems. Other outcomes will include a policy brief, identification of research priorities and proposals to influence political dialogue at the international and regional levels. [more]
The latest version of the tree assessment tool, known as GlobAllomeTree, will allow countries worldwide to get a clearer picture of the biomass, carbon content and ecosystem services of trees and forests. [more]