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    Report of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission (APFC) and the Fourth Asia-Pacific Forestry Week (APFW 2019) 2019
    The Twenty-eighth session of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission (APFC) was held from 17 to 21 June 2019 in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The main theme of the session was “Forests for peace and well-being”. It was attended by approximately 200 participants, including delegates from four United Nations (UN) organizations, 22 member countries and 22 regional and international intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations. The Commission was convened as the core event of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Week 2019, which attracted more than 2000 participants and included 100 events organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and partner organizations. APFC recognized the important contributions forests can make to peace-building and people’s well-being. It highlighted the need for governments, key stakeholders and FAO to continue to advance work in a number of areas, including regional and national capacity-building on conflict management and dispute resolution; forest and landscape restoration; community forests, trade and markets; impacts of technological advances on forests and forestry; biodiversity; supporting the implementation of key recommendations coming from the Third Asia-Pacific Forest Sector Outlook Study (APFSOS III); and forests and climate change. The outcomes of the deliberation are summarized in this information note.
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    Report of the Twenty-eighth Session of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission
    Incheon, Republic of Korea, 17-21 June 2019
    2019
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    At the invitation of the Government of Republic of Korea, the 28th session of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission (APFC) was held 17 to 21 June 2019 in Incheon, Republic of Korea, with the main theme “Forests of peach and well-being”. Delegates from 20 member countries and 2 United Nations organizations participated in the session, along with observers and representatives from 21 regional and international inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations in total 200 participants were present. The Commission discussed and assessed technical and policy issues and trends of relevance to forestry in the region, advanced mechanisms for regional and sub-regional cooperation in addressing forestry problems, and advised FAO on policy formulation and on priorities for its forestry programmes in the region. A total of 17 agenda items were considered by the Commission, and the final report was adopted on 21 June 2019.
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    Report of the twenty-first session of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission (APFC)
    2006/09
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    This publication reports the proceedings of the APFC session held in Dehradun, India from 17 to 21 April 2006. Representatives from 29 member countries and 3 United Nations organizations participated in the session, along with observers and representatives from 3 non-member countries and 25 regional and international intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations. Kiribati and Tuvalu were welcomed as new members. The Commission considered progress towards sustainable forest management in the region and noted the positive trend of forest plantation expansion, but expressed concern over continuing loss of natural forests. Delegates cited several common threats to the region's forests including illegal and uncontrolled logging, invasive species, forest fires and competition from alternative land uses. The Commission noted that countries were sometimes constrained in dealing effectively with these issues by insufficient budgetary resources, weak institutional capacities and inadequ ate political will. The Commission held an in-session seminar on payments for environmental services and a pre-session workshop on forests and poverty reduction. The Commission also presented and discussed key issues such as financing sustainable forest management, the role of regional organizations in advancing action on issues raised in global dialogues on sustainable forest management, and implementation of codes of practice for forest management. The document lists a summary of the recomme ndations made by the Commission session, as well as regional issues identified by the Commission for the attention of the FAO Committee on Forestry.

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