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Technical Meeting on Regional Websites

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  • Saturday, 20 October 2012 00:26

There are many information and knowledge related to development of Social Forestry and Forest Product in ASEAN. Those information and knowledge need to be shared to stakeholder who has strategic interest on Social Forestry and Forest Product. Website is one of the tools to share information and knowledge. 

ASFN has developed its website since 2009. In progress, the website is developed by linking to intranet. Which has been launched during 6th ASFN Annual Meeting, 14 June 2012, in Cambodia, and the Meeting agreed that ASFN Secretariat to organize Technical Meeting on the use of website to support the ASEAN Cooperation in Forestry. 

ASEAN Experts Group on Forest Product Development/ AEG FPD has been suggested Indonesia to lead the ASEAN Regional Knowledge Network on Forest Product Development to develop website and organize a capacity building for ASEAN Member States in regards to the website technical aspects. 

To ensure and put into use of the website as tool for information and knowledge sharing related to development of Social Forestry and Forest Product, ASFN Secretariat and AEG FPD Indonesia co organized the technical meeting on regional websites to support ASEAN forestry cooperation. This meeting was also supported by ASFN Indonesia as the host of ASFN.

This technical meeting was one of the outputs of ASFN Secretariat under ASEAN – Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change, ASFN Focal Points and Networks Partners effectively participate in the Network and fully contribute to knowledge sharing and capacity development. participants in the opening

Attended by 36 participants from 7 ASEAN Member States (Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam), Partners and academia also other related ministries. This three days meeting was organized collaboratively between ASFN Secretariat and ARKN FPD in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia on 12 - 14 September 2012. This technical meeting sought to upgrade and maintain website on regular basis as a means for sharing information.

At the end of the meeting, participants expected to be able to upload photos, videos, and articles or other documents related to Forest Product and Social Forestry progress in each respective participant Country, to update each Country menu every month with particular activity related to FPD and Social Forestry and upload and download documents related to ASFN activities in ASFN Intranet.

The following recommendations are based on the responses provided by the participants and discussions between instructors and organizers.

1.       Each AMS want to have each own page of country to manage their information and data to the website. The ASFN Website developer will follow up this.

2.       The manual of ASFN Website and ASFN intranet will be given to ASFN Brunei Darussalam, Lao PDR, and Malaysia to be shared with Selangor and Sarawak Country States. CNO will follow up this

 

3.       There will be information on who will be the administrator of each ASEAN Member State for managing ASFN Website. For temporary, Philippines will be managed by Mr. Eugene Vinluant and Thailand will be managed by Mr. Nangrok Thongruk. CNO will follow up this.

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1st ASFN Exchange Program

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  • Wednesday, 20 February 2013 00:00

Learning Visit:  Lesson Learned Exchanges among Communities and Governments of ASFN Member States on Successful Keys of Social Forestry in context Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation 

 

In the objectives of ASEAN Social Forestry Network (ASFN) there are

•Promote good policy and practice for social forestry

•Establish and strengthen ASFN information and communication systems

•Promote and develop support for ASEAN cooperation in social forestry

•Support a regional network of “learning sites” that demonstrate social forestry, and

•Promote the exchange of experiences and knowledge among practicing communities, local governments/local authorities, civil society organisations and the private sector.

 

Related to the objective point of Support a regional network of “learning sites” that demonstrate social forestry, and Promote the exchange of experiences and knowledge among practicing communities, local governments/local authorities, civil society organisations and the private sector, and also as respond to the proposed of the request from ASEAN Member States in 6th ASFN Annual Meeting , Cambodia, 13-14 June 2012, that to conduct Exchange Programme as a Learning Visit among AMS to support learning exchanges and capacity building for community representatives implementing successful social forestry, ASFN Secretariat has organized the Learning Visit:  Lesson Learned Exchanges among Communities and Governments of ASFN Member States on Successful Keys of Social Forestry in context Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation.

 

The Learning Visit of ASFN Member States held in Bantaeng and Jeneponto, South Sulawesi, on 5 – 9 February 2013 focused on sharing and learning on experiences and knowledge among farmers and local governments from ASFN Member States. 

There are five concerns on making Social Forestry successful; development process of institutional on community forestry, legal permit, funding mechanism, enterprises in community forestry and local business in community forestry. There was an exposure on each potential of Non Timber Forest Products during field trip such as Honey, Coffee Vinnegar and Water source management in Village Forest Bantaeng, while in Jeneponto Community Forest they have cashew nut and Mahony. 

 

Many communities live surround forest which conduct Sustainable Forest Management and also generate income to improve their livelihood. There many potential learning areas were identified, but it was determined that Bantaeng and  Janeponto, Indonesia would provide the best comparison with ASEAN Member States situation. Such an international learning visit would provide the opportunity to learn from every participant to be shared to colleagues back home. 

 

Learning and Exchange Visit Objectives:

The Learning and Exchange visit aims to share experiences and knowledge among farmers and government from ASFN Member States in the implementation of social forestry programmes and initiatives in context of climate change adaptation and mitigation.  It will offer opportunities for interactions and sharing among representatives of farmers and governments in social forestry programmes and initiatives in context of climate change adaptation and mitigation.

 

Such themes will be covered in the sharing and learning:

1.National Strategy consultation and multi-stakeholders on Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) and Improving  Community Livelihood through Social Forestry 

2. Issues, challenges and collaborative solutions in establishing and development of SFM and Improving  Community Livelihood through Social Forestry

3.Key National Strategy components :

a.Enabling policy

b.Governance-structure, mechanisms and management arrangement

c.Research and development

d.Resource use, allocation and management

e.Measurement, reporting and verification (MRV)

f.Sustainable financing

g.Marketing and Enterprise of the NTFP or MPTs

h.Value Chain

i.Benefit Sharing

4.Social forestry programmes and networks and their mainstreaming, inclusion and engagement in the climate change adaptation and mitigation

5.Others

 

The Participants of the Visit:

1.Cambodia : 4 representatives (1 Government, 2 NGO and 1 Community representative)

2.Malaysia: 1 Representative ( 1 Government)

3.Philippines: 2 Representatives ( 1 Government and 1 Community representatives)

4.Indonesia: 15 Representatives from 5 Community Forest Farmer Groups of 3 provinces. 

 

 

The Program of Activities which has been done:

Day 1. Welcome Dinner and Explanation on the Learning Visit Program, Participants were informed about the Objectives and assignment to be presented on the last day of the Program. It was expected that participants can explain the Social Forestry of their Group Buddy. This was the main exchange beside the exchange from sites. The Exchange Program was facilitated by Rowena Soreaga, who has experienced in facilitating exchange program in Asia Region.

Participants and facilitators

Day 2. Participants went to Bantaeng Village, there was exposed how Bantaeng villager conduct sustainable forest management through Village Forest Scheme which accommodate by Government of Indonesia as one of Social Forestry schemes in Indonesia. Participants were welcomed by traditional ceremony which performed dances. Participants has been impressed by the explanation of Village enterprise how they organize the institution after RECOFTC trained and facilitated them, how they manage forest, how to manage water supply business and how to develop village business. The recipe has been shared, the strong commitment of Village Government and the people supported by Sub District, District and Provincial. The support and facilitation are also from Local CSO and the last but not least is Central Government. The Village has started their effort to get licence on managing forest through Village Forest since 2009. In 2012, Village Forest Work Plan was approved by the Governor of South Sulawesi. However, people and government have been work collaboratively before their proposal to Government. Participants were taken to the forest bee farming. Cambodia delegates were interested to know how they conduct forest bee farming. In the evening, after dinner in Bulukumba, there was a presentation on Bulukumba Community Forest delivered by Ibu Misbawati A. Wawo, Head of Local Government Forestry Unit of Bulukumba District.   

 

Day 3. Participants went to Jeneponto Community Forest. There was an exchange between Philippines and Jeneponto. Mr. Valentin, President of CBFM People’s organization, said that the Jeneponto case on how to manage the deforestation area into better forest condition. 

participants and bee farmers

Day 4. Participants presented their assignment which consisted of:

1.Institutional capacity of social forestry practitioners

–local authorities, facilitators, local community representatives, etc.

2.Results and potentials from social forestry activities 

–e.g. forest products (non-timber and timber), ecological services (water, biodiversity, carbon, socio-cultural benefits)

3.Challenges faced in implementing social forestry activities

4.Marketing potential for social forestry products to improve livelihoods

5.Ensuring food security through preserving forest functions

–promoting water quality and river resources for health and nutrition

–mitigating and adapting to climate change e.g. through agroforestry

6.Networking and engagement with partners 

–facilitation, e.g. permit process, marketing products

–implementation of social forestry activities, e.g. forest patrolling

–building capacity e.g. community carbon accounting

 

In Day 4, delegate from Malaysia presented Gunung Kidul Community Forest, while Gunung Kidul Community Forest explained about what is community forest in Malaysia. Delegate from Cambodia presented Lombok Barat Community Forest, while Lombok Barat explained Cambodia Community Forest. The last delegate, Philippines has a good chance to explain about Lombok Tengah Community Forest.

 

 

The 4th ASFN Conference: Village Forests, REDD+, Conservation and Livelihoods

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  • Thursday, 23 May 2013 10:44

Organized by the Department of Forestry of Lao PDR, ASEAN Secretariat and the ASEAN Social Forestry Network

 

Luang Prabhang, 17-19 June 2013

 

1. Introduction

The ASEAN Social Forestry Network (ASFN) is an inter-governmental network established in 2005 with a vision to promote Social Forestry policy and practices in ASEAN Member States.  The ASFN is supported by a Secretariat that operates in close cooperation with the ASEAN Secretariat. It supports ASEAN Bodies, programs and initiatives, notably the "ASEAN Multisectoral Framework on Climate Change: Agriculture and Forestry towards Food Security (AFCC)" endorsed by the 31st Meeting of the ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF) on 10 November 2009 in Brunei Darussalam. Through the promotion of social forestry, ASFN supports the framework's goal of food security through sustainable, efficient and effective use of land, forest, water and aquatic resources, by minimizing the risks and impacts of and the contributions to climate change.

Under the auspices of the ASEAN-Swiss Partnership for Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC) and the 7th Annual ASFN Meeting, the Department of Forestry (DOF) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MoAF) of Lao PDR, is hosting and organizing the 4th ASEAN Social Forestry Network (ASFN) Conference with the theme: Village Forests, REDD+, Conservation and Livelihoods, in collaboration with the ASFN Secretariat and ASFCC partners. The theme of the conference follows up on the recommendations from a series of ASFN conferences, seminars and forums organized under the ASFCC programme. The recommendations underscore the critical role of peoples’ and stakeholders’ participation in the sustainable management of forests, and the need to address food security and livelihood concerns in efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) in Climate Change mitigation and adaptation.  

The Conference will highlight lessons from initiatives based on a range of social forestry models and approaches from within and beyond the ASEAN region, and how these attempt to balance livelihood and food security needs on one hand, and conservation and climate change adaptation and mitigation objectives on the other. The Conference will also feature the Lao PDR’s Village Forestry Model, and the country’s recent forest-based climate change initiatives and policy reforms.

Acknowledging the importance of local participation in sustainable forest management (SFM), Lao PDR has adopted the Village Forestry Model and established a legal framework for the transfer of ownership and management of forests from the State to local communities.  By 2005 some 420,000 households – or more than 60% of all agricultural households – had received land under the national land allocation process. With funding from the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), Lao PDR has developed its REDD+ Preparedness Plan (R-PP). Lao PDR also serves as a Pilot Country under the Forest Investment Programme (FIP). Pilot projects testing certain aspects of REDD+ are taking place under various forestry projects based on Village Forestry.

 

2. Conference Objectives

  1. Share learning and experiences on social forestry particularly in the field of climate change, community economy, livelihoods and REDD+.
  2. Promote social forestry policy and practice in forest conservation measures.
  3. Organize a Dialogue between Civil Society and Private Sector for recognizing social forestry roles and contribution to forestry policy and practices in addressing climate change and food security, in the context of the AFCC.
  4. Learn from social forestry models from ASEAN and beyond.

 

3. Expected Results/Output

The 4th ASFN Conference will be held from June 17-19 and will gather around 150-180 participants from ASEAN Countries including civil society organizations (CSOs), Dialogue Partners and Development Partners, Private Sector and Academic/Research institutions. The expected results from this Conference include:

  1. ASFN, Focal Points, and Conference Participants enhance and promote successful experiences of social forestry policy and practices from ASEAN region and beyond,
  2. ASFN, Focal Points, and Conference Participants enhance and promote successful experiences of social forestry policy and practices in addressing Climate Change (mitigation, including REDD+, and Climate Change Adaptation), Conservation, and Food Security.
  3. Strengthened regular exchanges and collaborative activities with civil society organizations through ASFN for consolidated calls and proposals to promote role of CSO-ASEAN/Member States partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change initiatives.


4. Methodology and process

4.1    Venue:

Soupphanavong University, Luang Prabhang, Lao PDR.

4.2    Participants

The 4th ASFN Conference will be attended by the ASFN Leaders and National Focal Points and Partner Organizations from the ASEAN Member States and Countries beyond ASEAN Region, International Organizations, Civil Society Organizations including Private Sector and Community Representatives, and the ASEAN Secretariat.

4.3    Speaker/ Moderator

Key speakers and resource people will be invited from Lao PDR (Host Country), ASEAN Countries and from the international organizations with noted expertise and experiences in the participation of local community in sustainable forest management, addressing climate change (through REDD+ and climate change adaptation), as well as in ensuring forest conservation and in contributing to food security.

4.4    Process

The 4th ASFN Conference will be hosted by ASFN Lao PDR and co-organized with the ASFN Secretariat, with the support from the ASEAN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC) including from Partner Organizations, namely The Centre for People & Forests (RECOFTC), the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the Non-Timber Forest Products Exchange Programme South and Southeast Asia (NTFP-EP), the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) Cooperation Programmes, the German International Cooperation (GiZ) Cooperation Programmes in Lao PDR, Indonesia, and the German-ASEAN Programme on Response to Climate Change (GAP-CC), the GREEN Mekong Project, the Korea Forest Service, and other identified organizations and cooperation programmes/ initiatives.

4.5    Knowledge and Products Fair/Exhibition

The Conference shall feature an array of information materials, publications and local forest products and crafts from the ASEAN region.  Exhibitors from the ASEAN Member States (c/o ASFN Country Delegation) and Countries beyond ASEAN Region, Private Sector and Civil Society Organizations shall be invited to participate in this Knowledge Fair.

The Knowledge Fair will reinforce the thematic discussions: Social Forestry Policy and Practices, the Role in Addressing Climate Change (REDD+ and Adaptation), and the contribution to Forest Conservation and Food Security (Livelihoods). Displays can focus on existing government and CSOs programs/efforts to be shared. A reception will be held on 17 June 2013 to highlight the Knowledge Fair/Products Exhibition.

5.  Narrative Agenda

Day 0, 16 June 2013:
o    Arrival of  ASFN Conference Delegates

Day 1, 9 am – 6 pm, 17 June 2013:
ASFN 4th Conference on Village Forests, REDD+, Conservation and Livelihoods
o    Welcome Remarks (Host) & Opening Remarks (ASEAN Secretariat)
o    Opening of ASFN Knowledge Fair & Products Exhibition
o    Plenary Session
o    Panel Session
o    Plenary Session: Highlights of Day-1
o    Reception (6-8 pm): Highlighting on ASFN Conference Knowledge Fair.

Day 2, 9 am – 6 pm, 18 June 2013: 
ASFN 4th Conference on Village Forests, REDD+, Conservation and Livelihoods
(continued)
o    Reflection of Day-1 Highlights,
o    Panel Session: Civil Society Dialogue with Private Sector on “Social Forestry through REDD+ in contributing to Food Security, Livelihoods and Forest Conservation”,
o    Group Discussions on Thematic Issues,
o    Report back to Plenary,
o    Synthesis and Recommendations,
o    Presentation on Field Sites to be visited on 19 June 2013.

Day 3, 9 am – 6 pm, 19 June 2013:
ASFN 4th Conference on Village Forests, REDD+, Conservation and Livelihoods
Field Visits: Village Forests Sites featuring: (i) Agroforestry by Community; (ii) Forest Conservation by Community; and (iii) REDD+ Pilot Site involving Community, all located in maximum of 60 km distance from Luang Prabhang.

Note:  the 7th ASFN Annual Meeting will be held on June 20-21 for ASFN Delegates and Invitees. The Annotated Provisional Agenda is developed by the ASEAN Secretariat jointly with ASFN Secretariat.

Internship of Sikka Community Forest (HKm) in Lombok Tengah, Indonesia

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  • Friday, 11 January 2013 12:06

ASFN Secretariat together with Directorate of Social Forestry Development Ministry of Forestry Republic Indonesia and Watershed Management Agency of Dodokan Moyosari Lombok have organized Internship of Sikka Community Forest (Hutan Kemasyarakatan / HKm) in Batukliang, Lombok Tengah, Indonesia. The Internship was held on 26 September – 2 October 2012. The Internship aimed to enhance the capacity of knowledge and skill of Sikka HKm Farmer Groups, Local Government Officers and NGO activists on managing forest through HKm Program.

HKm Program has been launched by Ministry of Forestry Republic Indonesia/MOFRI since 2007 by the Ministry Regulation N0.37 / 2007 on Hutan Kemasyarakatan. It is expected that the people live surround the forest improve their life through managing the forest and keep the forest sustainable. Sustainable forest for prosperous community. 

This Internship has been acknowledged by the people in Lombok through Lombok Post daily newspaper, which has published the news on Sikka HKm Internship in Batukliang, Lombok Tengah. It was published on 15 October 2012.

 

Formulate the idea of ​​sustainable rattan certification in Kutai Barat

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  • Friday, 11 January 2013 11:21

Non-Timber Forest Products Exchange Programme (NTFP-EP) Indonesia Programme collaborated with Local Government Forestry Unit/LGFU of Kutai Barat (Kubar) District, Local Government Industry, Trade and Cooperation Unit / LGITC and WWF Indonesia have conducted a Workshop of Scheme and System of Rattan Sustainable Certification on 10 January 2013. The aim of this workshop was to formulate the idea of rattan sustainable certification in Kubar. The Workshop has produced common understanding on the importance of guarantee/certification of sustainable rattan in Kubar, agreed to establish Unit of Rattan Sustainable Certification in Kubar and develop a short term plan for Rattan Sustainable Certification in Kubar.

This workshop has been appreciated by the presence of Head of Trading of LG ITC Unit, J T Lavau; Representative of Non-Timber Forest Products Exchange Programme (NTFP-EP) Indonesia Programme, Panthom Sidi Priyandoko; Representative of LGFU Kubar, R&D Forestry Ministry of Forestry Republic Indonesia/MOFRI, Jasni; Representatives of Academy and Universities (UNMUL, CSF UNMUL and UNSEN), farmers and rattan craftsmen and NTFP Forum. 

The complete news can be seen on: http://www.kaltimpost.co.id/berita/detail/8560/sertifikasi-rotan-lestari-mulai-dirumuskan.html  

 

Country Report 2012 of Brunei Darussalam

 

  Country Report 2012 

FORESTRY DEPARTMENT of BRUNEI DARUSSALAM

 

Regarding to the 6th ASFN Annual Meeting in Cambodia on 14-15 June 2012, each ASEAN Member State informed the Meeting on each status and development on Social Forestry in each respective country. Brunei Darussalam in the precious opportunity has delivered and presented its Country Report 2012.

Here is the Country Report 2012 of Brunei Darussalam.

[I] ASFN Leader and National Focal Point

 

1] ASFN LEADER:

NAME   :  HJ SAIDIN SALLEH
                 DIRECTOR OF FORESTRY
ADDRESS:  FORESTRY DEPARTMENT MINISTRY OF INDUSTRY & PRIMARY RESOURCES
                    JALAN MENTERI BESAR, BERAKAS , BB3910, BRUNEI DARUSSALAM
CONTACT NO     :  +673 2 381687 (OFFICE) & +673 2 381012 (FAX)
EMAIL   :   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
WEB       :  www.forestry.gov.bn


[2] ASFN NATIONAL FOCAL POINT:
NAME   :  MUHD SAFWAN ABDULLAH BIBI
                 SILVICULTURISTAMENITY & ECO-TOURISM DIVISION                           
ADDRESS:  FORESTRY DEPARTMENT MINISTRY OF INDUSTRY & PRIMARY RESOURCES
                    JALAN MENTERI BESAR, BERAKAS, BB3910, BRUNEI DARUSSALAM
CONTACT NO     :  +673 2 382889 (OFFICE) &  +673 2 381012 (FAX)
EMAIL   :   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
WEB       :  www.forestry.gov.bn

 

[II] UPDATES ON RELEVANT POLICY AND MAJOR ACTIVITIES IMPLEMENTED SINCE THE 5th ASFN MEETING

In general, the activities implemented related to Social Forestry are more on Forestry Extension Activities with the objective Generating Awareness and Sense of Love toward  Nature among The People.
The relevant Policy which governs The Social Forestry aspects in the Country is The “NATIONAL FORESTRY POLICY, 1989” - Strategies Actions Incorporated Into The Park and Recreational Forest Areas, Rehabilitation of Wasteland and Degraded Land, and Environment Protection Strategies.- 
Apart from The National Forestry Policy, The Forest Act,    Chapter 46, Laws Of Brunei (Amended 2007) And The 20 Years Forestry Strategic Plan (2004-2023), also provide relevant provisions for the Implementation of Social Forestry Programs in The Country – for example Under Heart Of Borneo Initiative: HOB National Council and Project Implementation Framework [PIF]

There are two Social Forestry Related Provisions under this Policy namely:-

  1. Section 2.6 (On Environment Forestry) “ To Foster Awareness And Appreciation Of Forests And Forestry Among The People And To Encourage Their Active Participation In Forest Conservation And Development Projects”.
  2. Section 3.8 (On Industrial Forestry) “ To Enlist Maximum Participation Of Citizens Of Brunei Darussalam In Forest Based And Related Enterprises”.

Current Status:  
National Forest Policy, 1989 – Being Revised ! Attune To Current Needs, Development & Challenges
Component Of Social Forestry – Strengthened
Implementation Of Forest Conservation Policy 
Continue to ensure forests are managed sustainably
Enforcement Of The Forestry Law
Incentivized Tree Planting Activities  Organized By Other Agencies

Annual Activities Under The World Forestry  Programmes:
       i.Ceremonial Launching;
      ii.Community-Based Mass Tree Planting;
     iii.Nature Camp And Forestry Excursion – Informal Environmental And Biodiversity Education;
     iv.Forestry To School;
      v.Socializing Forestry Through Sport Activities;
     vi.Princess Rashidah Young Nature Scientists Award [PRYNSA]


[III] CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITIES

So far there are no major challenges faced in social forestry development. The general public has been very supportive in ensuring the successful implementation of social forestry related activities in the  country.
Schools, other government organizations, and non-government organization have proactively participated in the implementation of forestry related works /activities in the country.
Public awareness on environmental & forestry is high.
Insignificance dependence for subsistence livelihoods.
No conflict of land rights i.e. limited land area for agricultural land.
Maintaining the current high living standards and continuing population growth.
Incentives from REDD+, PES, etc.

 

[IV] PROPOSED NEW ACTIVITIES

The Following Cooperation Activities have been identified:-
         i.Working/ Study Visit.
        ii.Technical Assistance on Collaborative Forest Management.
       iii.To make Cooperative Agreement between ASEAN Member States.
       iv.Offer an Exchange Programmes of Officers/ Staffs within ASEAN or International relating to Social Forestry Development.
        v.To conduct Courses / Training relevant to Social Forestry Development.

 

Community based sustainable use of natural resources in Vietnam

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  • Friday, 14 September 2012 06:16

 

Tram Chim National Park is one of two wetland preservation areas in a richly biodiverse part of Vietnam called the Plain of Reeds. In an effort to balance the difficult work of conservation with the demands of poor communities in the surrounding areas that depend on the park's resources for their livelihoods, Tram Chim is working on innovative ways to involve the local people in the conservation process. Community based sustainable use of natural resources is one approach the Park has begun to explore. 

The park has been working with poor groups that demonstrate an interest in and commitment to resource conservation. The groups develop resource management plans that are reviewed and approved by park officials, granting the local people permission to enter the national park and gather sanctioned resources for their livelihoods. Since the inception of this system, park officials find their conservation and regulation work is much easier, and local people have greater incomes to provide more stability for their family. Villagers recognize the value of conserving resources today to ensure the abundance of resources will remain for future generations. 

This project has been implemented by the park in cooperation with World Wildlife Fund funded by Coca-Cola and permitted by Dong Thap Provincial People Committee between 2008-2001. This film was produced by Institute of Tropical Biology in collaboration with Tram Chim National Park, RECOFTC - The Center for People and Forests, and The University of East Anglia, with financial support from the British Economic and Social Research Council. 

Tram Chim National Park, Tam Nong district, Dong Thap province, Vietnam

 

 

Celebration Forest For People ASFN 2011

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  • Friday, 14 September 2012 06:08

The theme for the International Year of Forests is particularly apt in Asia-Pacific where some 450 million people live in and around forests, many of them endemically poor in a region that has posted the highest growth rates in the world for a decade.

With habitats under threat from intense population and development pressures, forest communities – 250 million of them indigenous people - have found themselves propelled into the limelight with conflicts over land use and new climate change regimes that are conferring a significant economic value on standing forests and the carbon stocks they contain.

Indeed, as governments realize that a people-centered approach to forest management is the key to solving persistent rural poverty, climate change threats, natural disaster prevention, food and energy security and decentralization, the area of forest under community management has increased steadily in the region.

Engaging Community Forestry in Vietnam: A Story from Lang Son

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  • Friday, 14 September 2012 05:52

Forest-dependent people are largely missing out on new wealth generated through Vietnam's increased economic development. The Centre for Sustainable Development of Mountain Areas (CSDM) is promoting allocation of mountain areas to local people, helping local authorities and people address the issue of conflict in forest management. RECOFTC -- The Center for People and Forests partners with CSDM to translate findings of research on forests rights into practical recommendations for communities and policymakers. The two organizations are working together to help local people allocate forestland to households following their own recommendations. The communities in Lang Son seek to manage their forest resources in ways that will be beneficial to them now and their children in the future. 

Produced and directed by:

RECOFTC -- The Center for People and Forests
University of East Anglia
Alex Leonard

Filmed and edited by: Alex Leonard

Interpreter: Pham Quang Hoa

Narrator: Pham Hong Hue

Music: Do Thi Thi, Hoang Thi Lanh (members of the Suoi Mo Performing Arts Club, Binh Phuc District)

This video is part of the "Property Reforms and Forest Rights in Vietnam: Engaging Policy Makers, Forestry Experts and the Public" program funded by British Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) with contribution from University of East Anglia and RECOFTC.

Peran Media dalam Perhutanan Sosial dan REDD+

Perhutanan Sosial dan REDD+ meliputi pelbagai isu-isu teknis yang tidak mudah dipahami oleh sebagian besar masyarakat. Kadangkala informasi terkini bukan hanya susah diperoleh, tetapi juga susah diterjemahkan menjadi berita yang bermakna bagi para pembaca. Dalam kaitan ini, peran media menjadi amat penting. Para jurnalis merupakan salah satu mata rantai yang penting dalam mewujudkan landasan diskusi antara pemerintah and masyarakat. Tidak hanya sekedar memaparkan fakta-fakta, peran media yang lebih penting adalah memperdebatkan fakta-fakta tersebut secara kritis. Dengan mengkritisi isu ini dari sudut pandang masyarakat umum dan menjadikannya lebih terjangkau, para pembaca dapat meneliti and membuat keputusan sendiri berdasarkan informasi yang tepat. Dengan demikian, masyarakat sebagai salah satu pemangku kepentingan memperoleh kesempatan untuk menyuarakan pendapatnya.

This publication made in Bahasa to accommodate the need of information and understanding on Social Forestry and REDD+. 

 

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