The Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation (APFNet), officially launched in September 2008, is a non-profit international organization dedicated to advancing sustainable forest management and rehabilitation in the Asia-Pacific region.
Despite increasing awareness of the importance of managing forests sustainably to achieve green growth, reduce poverty and respond to climate change, huge gaps still exist in knowledge and capacities at global and regional levels. The establishment of the organization was proposed in this context by the People’s Republic of China and endorsed by Australia and the United States at the 15th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting in Sydney, Australia, in September 2007. The proposal was adopted by APEC Economic leaders and incorporated in the Sydney Declaration on Climate Change, Energy Security and Clean Development, in an effort to “enhance capacity building and strengthen information sharing on sustainable forest management in the forestry sector” in the region.
Mission Values and Objectives
a) APEC economies (represented by government agencies); and
b) Non-APEC economies in the Asia-Pacific region (represented by government agencies);
c) International/regional intergovernmental organizations and international/regional non-governmental organizations operating in the Asia-Pacific region;
d) Domestic forestry-related academic institutions and domestic non-governmental organizations in the Asia-Pacific region; and
e) Forests and forestry related enterprises operating in the Asia-Pacific region.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
The Center for People and Forests
The International Tropical Timber Organization
Forest & Farm Facility
The Center for International Forestry Research
European Forest Institute
International Union of Forest Research Organization
International Union for Conservation of Nature