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Progress in improving forest law enforcement and governance in the region

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    Forest law enforcement and governance: Progress in Asia and the Pacific 2010
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    At the twenty-second session of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission in 2008, leading forestry officials from across the Asia-Pacific region reiterated their commitment to combating illegal logging and other forms of forest crime. They collectively agreed to review ongoing efforts and recent progress towards strengthening forest law enforcement and governance. This publication reports on the ensuing comprehensive review covering 16 countries in the region. Forest law enforcement and governance: progress in Asia and the Pacific provides an overview of the key initiatives and activities in sixteen forest-rich countries of the region, highlighting the achievements and the foundations established for moving forward. This review comes at a time when the region's forestry sector is undergoing extremely rapid change, driven in large measure by increasing demands for forest products and environmental services. To fully capitalize on these emerging opportunities, effective forest law enforcemen t and governance will be needed to demonstrate that real progress is being made towards managing forests sustainably. These efforts will not only help forest owners and managers realize the potential of sustainable forest management in contributing to socio-economic development, but will also help to protect our planet's remaining natural assets for future generations.
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    Forests and climate change in the Asia-Pacific Region 2010
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    This publication is one of a series of publications produced by the Forests and Climate Change Programme of FAO in an effort to strengthen countries’ capacities to mitigate and adapt to climate change through actions consistent with sustainable forest management. The primary objective of this study is to provide an overview of the actual and potential impact of climate change on forests and forest dependent people in the Asia-Pacific region, of climate change mitigation opportunities i n the forestry sector, and of needs for effective national and regional responses. The study examines the major issues and developments related to climate change impacts and responses in the region as regards forests and highlights related opportunities for regional action to address gaps and needs. FAO is working through its Regional Forestry Commissions as well as other regional and sub-regional processes to encourage regional cooperation in the area of forests and climate change. This publication is intended to provide a point of departure for identifying and catalyzing regional action to complement and enhance national efforts. The publication will be of interest to specialists and policy-makers in forestry and climate change in the Asia Pacific region as well as forest managers, students and general audiences interested in learning more about forests and climate change in the region.

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