Comparative Analyses of Transitions to Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation


Project title: Comparative Analyses of Transitions to Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation

Executing agency: Asia Pacific Association of Forestry Research Institutions (APAFRI)

Target economies: China, Korea, Japan, India, Indonesia, Laos,Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam

Duration: 24 months, December 2011 to December 2013

Goal: To identify factors contributing to forest cover changes in a number of conomies in the Asia Pacific region. A better understanding of the impacts of these factors assist in the formulating of strategies and policies to reduce deforestation, induce forest rehabilitation and foster sustainable forest management.

Objectives and activities
Objective 1: to assess the underlying processes that explain these forest cover changes. 

 ♦  Identify case study economies considering the cost effectiveness as well as factors such as forest cover changes, and social and economic conditions;

 ♦  Identify Focal Points for each economy and provide training and learning opportunity for the FPs, and also younger researchers which the FPs may engage.

 ♦  Organize the first training workshop to build up a team for this project, to understand the underlying processes to forest cover changes, and to develop a research plan for each economy.

Objective 2: to formulate categorization models characterizing the implications for forests’ environmental and economic benefits.

 ♦  Produce report for each case study on forest transition to sustainable forest management and rehabilitation.

 ♦  Conduct minor research projects for Laos, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan and “full model” study for Korea, China, Philippines and Vietnam.

 ♦  Organize the second training workshop to further synthesize the plans for the case studies.

 ♦  Supporting visits to participating economies to support the FPs to collect data for comparative study, data analyzing, as well as reporting writing.

 ♦  Conduct comparative analysis

Objective 3: to enhance the regional capability and capacity in conducting study on forest transition to rehabilitation and sustainable forest management of forestry.

 ♦  Organize the third data analysis and documentation workshop to discuss the report and research paper from each participating economy.

 ♦  Compile the reports into a book titled “Forestry transition in Asia-Pacific region”.

 ♦  Organize an international symposium to discuss and disseminate project outputs.

Expected outputs: Framework of case studies completed; Case studies of forest transition analysis completed; Comparative analyses framework completed; Categorization models formulated; Regional capability and capacity in reducing deforestation, induce rehabilitation and foster Sustainable forest management.

 News and related information
The Project Inception Meeting: Comparative Analyses of Transitions to Sustainabl e Forest Management and Rehabilitation 
Comparative Analyses of Transitions to Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation

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