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Report of the twenty-first session of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission (APFC)

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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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    Report of the Nineteenth Session of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission
    Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 26-30 August 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 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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