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Report of the eighteenth session of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission









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    Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission: development of national-level criteria and indicators for the sustainable management of dry forests of Asia: workshop report 2000
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    A report of the proceedings of the workshop, which was organized in Bhopal, India from 30 November to 3 December 1999, by FAO, UNEP (UN Environment Programme), ITTO (International Tropical Timber Organization), USDA/FS (United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service) and IIFM (Indian Institute of Forest Management). The main participants were representatives of forestry agencies from nine Asian countries with dry forests - Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri L anka and Thailand. Besides a summary of the discussions and recommendations, the publication lists the eight national-level criteria agreed on at the meeting. The meeting was held to follow up on the recommendation by the 17th session of the Asia Pacific Forestry Commission (APFC) in 1998 to promote better understanding of forest management-evaluation criteria and indicators as a highly useful tool for the sustainable use of the region's forests.
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    Report of the Nineteenth Session of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission
    Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 26-30 August 2002
    2002
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    This publication reports the proceedings of the APFC session held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia from 26 to 30 August 2002. Representatives of 27 member countries participated in the session, along with United Nations specialized agencies, and intergovernmental and international non-governmental organizations. Delegates cited several common threats to the region’s forests, including continued deforestation and degradation of natural forests, competition from alternative land uses, poor timber harvesti ng practices, pests and diseases, forest fires and illegal logging. Two in-session seminars were held, one on the issues and threats associated with invasive species (plants, pests and diseases) and a second on the impact of incentives on the development of forest plantation resources in the Asia-Pacific region. The commission also presented and discussed two key issues: illegal logging and trade, and the increasing array of international forestry fora and the multitude of objectives and demands arising from them. The document lists a summary of the 29 recommendations made by the commission session on the topics discussed.
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    Report of the twenty-first session of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission (APFC)
    2006/09
    2006
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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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