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

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
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.

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