What's in store at APFW 2019?

A multitude of events awaits you at the Asia-Pacific Forestry Week (APFW) 2019! Take a deep dive into Forests for Peace and Well-being by joining in on more than 80 distinct events, 5 field trips and ample cultural and artistic activities occurring throughout the week. From India to Cambodia, Japan to Bhutan, the events of the APFW 2019 promise an explosion of knowledge, creativity and inspiration. 
Forest and landscape restoration (FLR) provides a fundamental base for sustainable development and human well-being by enriching natural resources, fostering enhanced provision of environmental services and safeguarding biodiversity. Restoring our forests and landscapes (Stream 1) aims to step up these FLR efforts in the Asia-Pacific region through 22 events designed to understand the regional state and progress of FLR and explore the way forward. Recognizing that forest restoration failures typically result from a combination of technical, socioeconomic, institutional and financial challenges, the stream will encourage the participation of various sectors to offer their perspectives on how to further promote the implementation of FLR in the region.  

During the course of Stream 2 “People and forests living in harmony,” the social dimensions of forestry, including tenure, equity, gender, communication and community participation, will be explored.  In so doing, inclusive and equitable cooperation will serve as the central components of the Stream’s approach to addressing the Asia-Pacific’s most pressing environmental and social challenges. Stream 2 includes seven sessions. The topics covered vary, ranging from landscape approaches to forest management and livelihood enhancement to strong forest governance and how to achieve equitable processes in the sector. By integrating the social dimension of forestry with the sector’s more traditional focuses, Stream 2 will show how people-centered forestry is a key to achieving APFW’s theme: Forests for peace and well-being. 

Building a resilient environment (Stream 3) features 26 events, focused on the role of forestry in achieving global environmental goals.  Events will cover forests’ contribution to addressing the challenges of climate change, including progress towards REDD+ in various regions, the importance of peatland forests, advances in forest monitoring, and the prospects for new avenues of forest finance to meet these challenges.  The Stream will open with an expert discussion examining the gap between long-term aspirations and current progress towards a comprehensive role for forests in building a resilient global environment; followed by a significant dialogue on climate financing, to explore the emerging importance of forests in the era of green growth. The stream will include the launch of guidelines in agroforestry and peatland management, a series of discussions on forest invasive species, and seminars and training on interactive mapping and inventory tools. 
Promoting responsible trade and markets  (Stream 4) offers 12 events that will provide an overview of current actions, trends, issues, opportunities, partnerships, and policies in ensuring the sustainability of both the regional and global movement of forest products. Events will offer a deep dive into the dimensions of forest products trade, markets, and technology initiatives and opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region. Specifically, the focus will be on: ensuring the sustainability of forest products (timber and non-timber); empowering community enterprises; promoting smallholder interests; exploring forests investment opportunities; improving synergy on market access pathways; developing integrated forest management approaches; and enhancing transparency in managing agricultural systems in forests.

Innovating governance and institutions (Stream 5) encourages discussions on efforts to strengthen forest governance in the region and deliberates on the future of forest governance beyond 2030. Stream 5 has 20 events in store, each covering critical and relevant topics including SDGs and Global Forest Goals, Sustainable finance, United Nations Strategic Plan for Forests 2017 - 2030, forest monitoring training, policy reforms, peatland negotiation, certification systems, CSO engagement, networks and multi-stakeholder cooperation. Highlights include a Ministerial speech on good governance in the Opening Plenary, the unpacking of the Asia Pacific Forest Sector Outlook Study III, insights into Future of Green Jobs, and the youth engagement at the Young Foresters' Summit.

The CANopy (Culture and Networking) is a space for participants to meet, hang out, and take a break from the intensive workshops and meetings while gaining knowledge and finding inspirations for forest-friendly lifestyles.

ESSC, IFSA, FAO, and NTFP-EP have joined forces to conceptualize and implement The CANopy in collaboration with KFS and other partners.

The space will host events and exhibits showcasing how forests promote peace and well- being, including fair trade eco-friendly products, forest fashion, happy hour at the wild bar, slow food, and forest spa among others.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Korea Forest Service (KFS), the Incheon Metropolitan City and partners invite people  who are interested in and committed to sustainable forest management in Asia and the Pacific to come together for the APFW 2019 in Incheon, the Republic of Korea from 17 to 21 June 2019.  It is expected to be one of the largest and most important forestry gatherings in the region in 2019. APFW 2019: Forests for Peace and Well-being seeks to encourage participants to chart new pathways that guide the development of forestry into the future.

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