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APFNet explored cooperation with Mekong Institute (MI) on GMS forestry

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Dr. C.T.S. Nair, the invited consultant, presenting Forests and Forestry in GMS Region

Building on the collaboration on the Workshop on the Role of Forest Resource Management in the Great Mekong Sub-region (2012) and Advanced Workshop on Sustainable Forest Management in GMS (2013), APFNet and Mekong Institute met in Kunming, China on 12 July, 2014 to explore possible ways to sustain cooperation on forestry for the GMS economies.

Covered by 90.4 million ha of forests (excluding China), GMS region still faces severe deforestation and forest degradation, which leads to low supply of forest products and services for regional economic-social development and environmental integrity. Appropriate interventions must be taken, such as

Sharing the idea of contributing to GMS forest resource management, Mekong Institute is happy to provide in-kind support to APFNet activities, and both organizations agree to

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Mr. Qu Guilin (middle), Executive Director, APFNet Secretariat, sharing his concerns for finding true philosophy for regional forestry promotion

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Dr. Watcharas Leelawath, Director, Mekong Institute, explaining MI mission and strategy