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Regional training strategy: supporting the implementation of the code of practice for forest harvesting in Asia-Pacific









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    Taking stock: Assessing progress in developing and implementing codes of practice for forest harvesting in ASEAN member countries 2006
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    A decade ago, member countries of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission (APFC) expressed their commitment to sustainable forest management and decided collectively to develop a regional code of practice for forest harvesting. Ten years later, the ASEAN Secretariat and FAO set out to assess whether the development of the regional code (published in 1999) and subsequent national codes have made a tangible difference in the way forest harvesting is conducted in ASEAN member countries. The results of the review are presented in this report. Not surprisingly, the review produced mixed results. Most countries have prepared national codes of practice. Efforts to improve forest harvesting are commendable and there is room for being cautiously optimistic. However, in spite of the progress observed, much needs to be done. In particular, an implementation strategy needs to be applied to give individual, and often independent, initiatives direction and to make them part of a comprehensive, step-by- step approach. ASEAN, APFC and other regional organizations are called upon to help strengthen cooperation among countries and to encourage joint approaches in addressing regional and international forestry issues. These organizations are eager to lend support. Yet, meaningful change can only be brought about at local and national levels. In this sense, it is hoped that the recommendations directed at ASEAN and other organizations active in the region are treated as proposals for ASEAN member co untries to intensify efforts to achieve sustainable forest management.
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    Report of the eighteenth session of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission 2000
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    The publication reports the proceedings of the APFC session held in Noosaville, Queensland, Australia from 15 to 19 May 2000. Representatives of 25 member nations and observers from eight international, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations were present. The meeting reviewed the state of forestry in the region and FAO field programmes. It also discussed activities of the APFC ad hoc working group on sustainable forest management and implementation of the code of practice f or forest harvesting in Asia-Pacific countries among a range of issues dealing with the sustainable use of forests in the region. These included discussions on the regional initiative for the development and implementation of criteria and indicators for sustainable management of dry forests in Asia and the results of a study on logging bans in the region. The document also lists a summary of the 26 recommendations made by the commission session.
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    Applying reduced impact logging to advance sustainable forest management 2002
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    There is growing awareness in timber-producing countries in the Asia-Pacific region of the great potential of reduced impact logging (RIL) to minimise the negative environmental and social consequences of commercial forest harvesting. Developed over several decades as a systematic approach to planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating forest harvesting, RIL has been tried on a small-scale in the region, with promising results. However, it is still to gain widespread acceptance. The public ation is a compilation of the papers discussed at an international conference to review current knowledge of the technical, economic, institutional and training aspects of RIL. It is meant to familiarise policy makers, scientists and senior forest managers with RIL issues with the aim of stimulating changes in attitudes and practices on the ground. After reviewing the insights provided by the conference, the editors identify knowledge gaps and offer recommendations for various stakeholders in th e forestry sector.

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