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ASEAN guidelines for agroforestry development

Author Catacutan DC, Finlayson RF, Gassner A, Perdana A, Lusiana B, Leimona B, Simelton E, Öborn I, Galudra G, Roshetko JM, Vaast P, Mulia R, Lasco RL, Dewi S, Borelli S, Yasmi Y
Year of publication 2018
The World Agroforestry Centre together with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the partners of the ASEAN-Swiss Partnership for Social Forestry and Climate Change project — prepared a set of guiding principles in support of agroforestry development in ASEAN Member States. The guidelines are deemed necessary to achieve the ASEAN Food, Agriculture and Forestry Sector’s Vision and Strategic Plan, particularly Strategic Thrust 4, ‘Increasing resilience to climate change, natural disasters, and other shocks’, and Action Programme 5, pertaining to the ‘expansion of resilient agroforestry systems where they are ecologically and economically appropriate’. The Guidelines are designed to ensure that agroforestry development is based on the unique contexts of ASEAN Member States. Individual Member States’ socioeconomic, policy and environmental conditions will need be to given equal consideration in the design of any agroforestry intervention. The Guidelines are intended to be applicable to all types of land or ecosystems targeted for agroforestry interventions within ASEAN Member States, whether forests, farms, watersheds, uplands, lowlands, coasts, wetlands or peat. It is not a technical guideline for establishing agroforestry but, rather, a framework for facilitating dialogue in the design of agroforestry policies, programs, projects and investments between, and within, ASEAN Member States. Implementation of the Guidelines is voluntary and neither add to, nor replace existing formal regional agreements or treaties, national laws and policies, but align with the ASEAN Multi-Sectoral Framework on Climate Change: Agriculture and Forestry towards Food Security, and all other ASEAN sectoral guidelines relevant to agroforestry.
Type of Tool
Guidelines, manual, kits for trainers
Scale of Application
Asia Pacific
Forest Type
Other forest types (bamboo, swamp forests, etc.)
Primary Designated Function
Multiple use
Management Responsibility