The APEC Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Forestry (MMRF) is a high-level policy dialogue that was proposed at the 18th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting. The MMRF aims to foster greater cooperation in tackling regional issues including increasing forest cover, combating illegal logging and mitigating against climate change. The MMRF also assesses progress towards the APEC 2020 aspirational forest goal and explores possibilities for scaling-up commitments to promote sustainable forest management and rehabilitation in the region. Since 2011, four APEC Meetings of Ministers Responsible for Forestry (MMRF) have been held: the 1st MMRF (2011, Beijing, China); the 2nd MMRF (2013, Cusco, Peru); the 3rd MMRF (2015, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea); and the 4th MMRF (2017, Seoul, Republic of Korea).
APFNet’s involvement in the APEC MMRF
In order to facilitate Chinese President Hu Jintao’s proposal at the 18th APEC Economic Leader’s Meeting, APFNet convened the first 1st APEC MMRF in September 2011 in Beijing, China, to create a platform for high-level dialogue for forestry in the Asia-Pacific region. APFNet worked closely with the APEC Secretariat and host economies to organize the meeting, and the two subsequent meetings in Peru and Papua New Guinea in 2013 and 2015 respectively. At the most recent MMRF in 2017 in Seoul, APFNet sent a delegation headed by APFNet Chair Mr. Zhao Shucong. APFNet will continue to proactively support and encourage the further development of this high-level forestry dialogue mechanism going forward.
To further promote forestry cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region, taking practical actions to achieve the APEC aspirational forest goal, actively responding to climate change and promoting sustainable forestry in the region.
The 21 APEC member economies.