Asia Forest Partnership (AFP)

The activities of AFP have finished in April 2013.

1. Objectives:

The objective of Asia Forest Partnership (AFP) is to promote sustainable forest management in Asia-Pacific region by addressing the following urgent issues:

  • (a) Good governance and forest law enforcement;
  • (b) Developing capacity for effective forest management;
  • (c) Control of illegal logging;
  • (d) Control of forest fire;
  • (e) Rehabilitation and reforestation of degraded lands.

2. Activities:

Partners are to cooperate in such areas as:

  • (1) Development of forest policies, plans and programs including national forest programs;
  • (2) Development of land use and natural resource management arrangements;
  • (3) Use of satellite data for providing basic information for forest management;
  • (4) Promotion of research, information exchange and use of satellite data and mapping to tackle forest fire and haze and regional actions for prevention and control of fire;
  • (5) Promotion of reforestation and afforestation to rehabilitate degraded lands;
  • (6) Establishment and implementation of reduced impact logging and guidelines for controlling illegal logging;
  • (7) Developing and enhancing log tracking capacity and introduction of verification system such as labeling;
  • (8) Promoting effective measures, in both importing and exporting countries, to eliminate export and import of illegally harvested timber;
  • (9) International cooperation and coordination on trade statistics, information exchange on illegal logging and illegal trade, study of possible measures related to trade;
  • (10) Development of regional data sharing program on illegal logging;
  • (11) Undertaking research on impact of illegal logging;
  • (12) Awareness raising through holding seminars on combating illegal logging and enhancing understanding on the multiple benefits of forest;
  • (13) Promoting participation of various kinds of stakeholders including Major Groups and local communities;
  • (14) Human resource development;
  • (15) Institutional development and capacity building;
  • (16) Strengthening of inter-sectoral coordination within governments.

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