Workshop Announcement - APFNet Workshop on Forest Rehabilitation and Management (12-25 July, 2019 Yunnan Province, China)

Updated:2019/3/4 9:22:56

APFNet’s thematic workshops

Over the past decade, APFNet through its Kunming Training Center has organized thematic training workshops on two themes namely (a) Forest Resource Management and (b) Forestry and Rural Development and hitherto 21 such workshops have trained more than 320 professionals from 22 member economies in Asia-Pacific Region. These training workshops have become important platforms for knowledge sharing and strengthening inter-economy collaboration in promoting regional sustainable forest management.

In this regards, APFNet-KTC will continually organize biannual workshops on two specific themes, namely (1) Forest Rehabilitation and Management and (2) Forestry and Rural Livelihood Development with the mission of adding green for Asia-Pacific.

APFNet Workshop on Forest rehabilitation and management

In order to provide a better understanding of how degraded forest could be rehabilitation in a sustainable way at the site/landscape level, APFNet-KTC will organize the first APFNet Workshop on Forest Rehabilitation Management during July 12 to 25, 2019 in China.

This workshop is designed for forestry policy makers, planners and managers, specifically working on forest rehabilitation and sustainable forest management in the Asia and Pacific economies. Depending on availability of funds, the total number of invited participants will be limited to 15 from APFNet member economies.


The main objectives of the Workshop are to:

1. Analyze the current status of rehabilitation of degraded forests, the main drivers of degradation and future scenarios for forest rehabilitation in the Asia-Pacific region.

2. Identify the current challenges and/ or key issues of degraded forest rehabilitation in terms of policy, institutional, ecological, technical and socio-economic aspects in the Asia-Pacific economies;

3. Share experience and lessons learnt from forest rehabilitation and management from the Asia-Pacific economies; and

4. Enhance knowledge and skills in the formulation and implementation of forest rehabilitation programmes and projects.

Main Topics/Areas

The Workshop will attempt to provide a broad analytical framework to assess the current state of forest rehabilitation specifically focusing on the following:

? An overview of degradation, deforestation and rehabilitation, including drivers of degradation and how forest transition has been accomplished.

? Policy and institutional aspects of rehabilitation.

? Forest governance and rehabilitation  

? Ecological aspects of rehabilitation and the development in the science and technology of forest rehabilitation

? Landscape approach to forest rehabilitation

? Social dimensions of rehabilitation

? Climate change mitigation and adaptation and forest rehabilitation

? Economic aspects of forest rehabilitation.

Debates and discussions during the Workshop will generate more questions and encourage critical thinking and analyses aimed to provide practical solutions to the problems of forest land degradation.


The workshop structure is designed to provide the maximum learning opportunity to the invited participants and the entire thrust will be on dialogue, group work, discussions and field observations.

Thematic lectures

Invited experts as resource person will provide an in-depth assessment of different aspects relating to forest rehabilitation and management focusing on the main themes.

Participant presentation

Participants will make presentations which will outline experience and practices relating to forest rehabilitation and management from each economy.

Group work and discussions

Group discussions including panel discussions and argument will be an integral component of the workshop and all participants are encouraged to actively participate in these group activities.

Field trip

Field trip forms an integral component of the workshop providing the participants an opportunity to see how forests are managed at field level and the ongoing efforts to rehabilitate and sustainably manage forests.


The Workshop is expected to significantly enhance the knowledge of forestry professionals in designing policies and programmes helping to improve the contribution of degraded forest rehabilitation and sustainable forest management. Participant’s papers will be edited and published as an important information sharing source for future initiatives and development efforts; it will be disseminated on both APFNet and APFNet-KTC websites at the same time. In addition, a synthesis report as another important workshop output with summarized key issues from workshop discussion will also be accessible to a wider audiance.



The Workshop is open to senior policy makers and planners involved in different aspects of sustainable forest management specifically addressing rehabilitation/ restoration of degraded forest ecosystems. Meanwhile, female participants are fully welcome in order to ensure a better gender balance. 

Notice: Those who have attended APFNet Thematic Workshops during the last 3 years need NOT apply. The workshop applicants from APFNet member economies should be nominated by APFNet focal points in the Asia-Pacific Region.


Being a highly interactive programme, the following aspects need to be given particular attention while selecting workshop participants:

? Participants should be fluent in English communication;

? Participants should have work experience in forest rehabilitation and management;

? Able to actively participate in the debates, discussions anl field trips; and

Important dates

? Application for participation should be received not later than 5th April, 2019.

Costs of Participation

For the invited participants, APFNet will cover the costs associated with the Workshop including a round-trip economy class airfare for international travel, a full-board accommodation, costs of field trips and a small amount of per diem to cover sundry expenses. Participants/ sponsoring agencies will have to bear all other costs including costs of domestic travel, visa application and other personal expenses etc.

Administrative arrangements

Detailed instructions on international travel, hotel accommodation, venue of the Workshop and other logistical arrangements will be sent to all the invited participants in due course. Besides, please make sure that invited participants’ passports should be valid for at least 6 months from the commencement date of APFNet Workshop, and an official passport is highly recommended because most economies from the Region especially Southeast Asia and South Asia are visa free to enter to China.


For further details about the course and the various arrangements please contact:  

Ms. PAN Yao

Programme Officer, APFNet Kunming Training Center

Southwest Forestry University

#300 Bailongsi, Kunming City 650224, Yunnan Province, China

Email: apfnetktc@apfnet.cn

Tel: (+86) 871 63862840 (office)      (+86) 136 296 35 716 (cell)  

Ms. ZHANG Wanjie

Programme Officer, APFNet Kunming Training Center

Southwest Forestry University

#300 Bailongsi, Kunming City 650224, Yunnan Province, China

Email: apfnetktc@apfnet.cn

Tel: (+86) 871 63862860 (office)      (+86) 136 887 10 596 (cell)    

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