Policy Dialogue on Social Forestry in Southeast Asia: Investing in a Sustainable Future for People and Forests in ASEAN

Flyer WFC policy dialogue-with venue

The Event will highlight forestry cooperation among the ten countries comprising the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the context of the establishment of an ASEAN Economic Community in 2015. ASEAN countries seek to promote economic growth, social progress and cultural development through regional cooperation, collaboration and integration in economic, socio-cultural, techno-scientific and administrative domains.

The Dialogue will focus on cooperation to enhance the contributions of participatory, people-oriented approaches to forestry policy and management, generically referred to as Social Forestry, to achieving food and livelihood security, addressing climate change, and fostering a vibrant and inclusive green economy in Southeast Asia.

The Event will open with a short film on the status, issues and opportunities in ASEAN forestry, featuring cooperation initiatives and lessons from social forestry implementation in the region. This will be followed by a Panel Discussion of distinguished speakers drawn from key stakeholder groups and an interactive dialogue between the Panelists and the audience.

The discussion will touch upon key issues confronting ASEAN in its initial steps towards a single market and production base, in which forestry is among the priority sectors for market integration. Issues for discussion would include: finance and enterprise development; governance and institutional capacity strengthening; research and technology support (e.g., agroforestry, non-timber forest products processing, etc.); and policy incentives for equitable and sustainable forest management.

The Event will provide opportunity for dialogue among diverse stakeholders represented in the Panel and in the audience The Event will also allow space for display and distribution of knowledge products prepared and coordinated by the convening organizations with support from the ASEAN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC).

The ASEAN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC) Programme supports (i) policy development, (ii) knowledge sharing and networking, and (iii) learning interventions related to Social Forestry in pursuit of food and livelihood security, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and sustainable development in ASEAN countries. Under the Programme, selected support Partner organizations assist ASEAN Member States through research and analysis (CIFOR), capacity building and training (RECOFTC), policy dialogue and agroforestry promotion (ICRAF), enterprise development and civil society engagement (NTFP-EP), and provision of seed funding for country-driven initiatives (SEARCA).

During the Event, publications, videos, policy briefs and other knowledge products from these support organizations will be exhibited and disseminated along with those of other ASEAN regional cooperation programmes and initiatives.

Join this session on September 10, 2015, 12:45 – 14:15 – Venue: Hall 1B

Blogpost submitted by: Alfi Syakila (ASFN) – alfi.syakila(at)asfnsec.org

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