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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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    Report of the Twenty-Fifth Session of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission 2013
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    This publication reports the proceedings of the twenty-fifth session of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission (APFC) held in Rotorua, New Zealand from 5 to 8 November 2013. In line with the "forests for prosperity"� theme of the session, the Commission reported on recent initiatives in several countries to expand value-added wood processing, enhance wood recovery from forest resources, tap new market opportunities, develop payments for ecosystem services and create more jobs in the forestry secto r. Main themes considered were: sources of forest financing; forest law enforcement and governance; promoting opportunities presented by the growing awareness of links between forests and climate change; and mechanisms for capacity building, awareness raising and information sharing, among others. An in-session seminar highlighted the issue of building resilience in forests, landscapes and forest-dependent communities. Main recommendations are included in the report.
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    Report of the twentieth session of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission (APFC) 2004
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    This publication reports the proceedings of the APFC session held in Nadi, Fiji from 19 to 23 April 2004. Representatives from 29 member countries participated in the session. The commission reviewed the state of forestry in the region, identified regional issues for the attention of the committee on forestry, and reported on the progress and implementation of APFC and FAO supported activities and initiatives. Two in-session seminars were held, one on exemplary forest management in the region an d a second on alternative forest management models, particularly those oriented towards achieving sustainability and alleviating poverty. The commission also presented and discussed two key issues: (i) the challenges of securing adequate financing for sustainable forest management and (ii) global, regional and bilateral forest-related agreements and arrangements – are regional agreements the way to go? The document lists a summary of the 35 recommendations made by the commission session on the t opics discussed.

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