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What is the ASFN?
The ASEAN Social Forestry Network (ASFN) is a government-driven social forestry network that links government forestry policy-makers directly with members of the civil society, research organizations, academia, the private sectors and experts of related fields,- all sharing the common grounds to vision the growth of social forestry in all ASEAN Member Countries.
Launched at the ASEAN Senior Officials on Forestry (ASOF) in August 2005, ASFN is the first and largest government-driven social forestry network in Southeast Asia.
What are ASFN objectives?
With the support of the ASFN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change, ASFN aims to achieve the following OBJECTIVES:
1: Social forestry approaches developed and integrated into the climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies of ASEAN and its Member States.
2: Socio-economic benefits realized from the inclusion of communities, women and vulnerable groups in social forestry and climate change adaptation and mitigation
Who are the Member Countries involved in ASFN?
All Countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are ASFN Member Countries who play a vital role in ASFN. They are Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam.
What do we do?
ASFN aims to promote cooperation and catalyze actions to exchange experiences and share knowledge and know-how regarding social forestry and social forestry issues in ASEAN affecting local communities through various means to targeted audiences. The ultimate beneficiaries of its efforts are the well-being of rural poor living in and around the forests by enhancing their involvement in sustainable forest management (SFM).
To achieve the aims ASFN cooperate with Implementation Partners. They are:
CIFOR main roles are:
- Conduct research to inform policies and practices linking mitigation and adaptation to climate change in the context of social forestry in selected countries, particularly in Vietnam, Indonesia and Lao PDR:
- Research on social and policy networks
- Research on the linkages between adaptation and mitigation
- Research on participatory carbon assessment and MRV approaches
- Support the ASFN, network partners and ASEAN Secretariat through the provision of research results and capacity building.
NTFP-EP main roles are:
- To promote civil society (indigenous peoples, community forestry groups, women, vulnerable groups) engagement in ASFN, through:
- Bottom-up approach of the Philippine National REDD Plus Strategy (PNRPS),
- Assessing and supporting community livelihood adaptation strategies in Malaysia (Sarawak), Philippines and Cambodia.
- Exchanges on inclusive REDD+ process and other SF and CC related themes,
- Establishing an ASFN Civil Society Forum,
- Mainstreaming social forestry through national, state level community forestry bodies
RECOFTC main roles are:
- Capacity building for ASFN, relevant civil societies & NGOs,
- Strengthen National Social Forestry Working Group in ASEAN Member States in Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand,
- Assist countries in piloting social forestry approaches for climate change mitigation and adaptation in Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand.
How can we be involved in the ASEAN Social Forestry Network (ASFN)? What are the benefits for partners?
Any parties who support the ASFN Objectives and goals are invited to join in this initiative. ASFN enables partner to better pursue their own goals and interests by:
- Providing access to latest information and know-how on social forestry and related issues;
- Giving opportunities to participate in capacity-building programs;
- Providing access to ASFN networks; and
- Giving opportunities to partners in implementing activities and programs.
Can I make a contribution to ASFN?
Who is the Contact Person for general questions regarding the ASFN Secretariat?
How can I contact the Member Countries involved in ASFN?
If you have specific questions to be addressed directly to the ASFN Member Countries, here are the Focal Point contacts:
Mr. Haji Saidin bin Salleh
Director of Forestry
Ministry of Industry & Primary Resources
Jalan Menteri Besar, Bandar Seri Begawan, BB 3910 Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel No. +673 238.1013
Mr. Long Ratanakoma
Department of Forest and Community Forestry
Forestry Administration, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF)
#40, Preah Norodom Blvd., Daun Penh, Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA
H/P: +855-77-68 08 38
Dr. Ir. Haryadi Himawan
Director, Directorate of Social Forestry Development
Ministry of Forestry, 14th Floor, Block I, Manggala Wanabhakti Building
Jalan Gatot Subroto, Jakarta 10270, Indonesia
Tel: +62 21 5730182
Fax: +62 21 5730136
Where is the ASEAN Social Forestry Network (ASFN) Secretariat? How can I contact the Secretariat?
The ASFN Secretariat is located in Jakarta, Indonesia. Please contact:
Mr. Sugeng Marsudiarto
Deputy Director of Private Forest Development and Partnership, Secretary of the ASFN Secretariat
Directorate of Social Forestry Development, Ministry of Forestry,
14th Floor, Block I, Manggala Wanabhakti Building
Jalan Gatot Subroto, Jakarta 10270, Indonesia
Tel: +62 -21-5703246, ext. 638, or +62 -21-5730153,