Innovative Sustainable Forest Management Education in the Asia-Pacific Region


Project title: Innovative Sustainable Forest Management Education in the Asia-Pacific Region (2013P2-FCDMM)

Executing agency: Beijing Forestry University (BFU)

Implementing agencies: University of British Columbia, University of Melbourne, University of Philippines-Los Banõs, University Putra Malaysia

Target region: Asia-Pacific Region

Duration: 25 months, November 2013 to December 2015

Goal: The overall goal of the project is to improve the capacity in sustainable forest management (SFM) in the Asia-pacific region by using an innovative pedagogical method to convey the knowledge of SFM and related issues to various forestry stakeholders through the combination of web-based learning, onsite training, and sharing of results and experience.

Objectives: To build the core courses of SFM education which will provide the basis for developing a widely adopted core curriculum of SFM in the region; To create a platform for exchanging ideas and experiences on educating the new generation of foresters in the APR; To facilitate the collaborations on forestry education between developed economies and less developed economies; To help promote reforms in forestry education in the APR and build a model for sharing the results.
Expected outputs: Development of six core SFM courses; Development of an online learning platform; Development of an on-site training package with options;and International Conference on Online Learning in Forestry Education.
Project achievements 

 ♦  Six core courses had been developed,including Sustainable Forestry Management in a Changing World(UBC), Governance, Public Relationship and Community Development(UPLB),International Dialogue on Forestry Issue(UBC),Restoration of Degraded Forest Ecosystems and Forest Plantation Development(UM),Forest Resource Management and Protection(BFU),Sustainable Use of Forest Goods andServices(UPM);

 ♦  The online courses’ website:

 ♦  An on-site training package for online instructors has been developed. The on- site training enable participants to apply their newly acquired knowledge.

 ♦  Forestry College Deans Meeting Mechanism in the Asia-Pacific Region (FCDMM-APR) hosted a side event “Innovating forestry education and training: effective learning in the new era” at XIV World Forest Congress 2015 in Durban, South Africa in September 2015; another side event “Regional Forestry Education Resources Sharing and Mutual Course Recognition” at the Asian Pacific Forestry Week 2016 in Philippines on February 2016, both events aimed to promote Innovative Sustainable Forest Management Education in the Asia-Pacific Region to participants both in and outside the Asia-Pacificregion.

 Project documents
Project Proposal.pdf     Project Completion Report.pdf