March 21: International Day of Forests
How did we celebrate #IntlForestDay?
On the occasion of the 2019 International Day of Forests (IDF), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization - Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (FAO- RAP) organized various events to celebrate this very important day.  As the IDF theme for 2019 is Forests and Education: Learn to Love Forests, our week was packed with the color and energy of young people.
To incorporate the voices of youth into the Asia-Pacific Forest Sector Outlook Study III, a Regional Youth Consultation Workshop gathered students, researchers, and young professionals coming from diverse backgrounds. In this workshop, we engaged youth through meaningful conversations and interactive sessions to discuss their stories and contexts, understandings of and relationships with forests, and perspectives towards the future. Watch some of the interviews with youth here, here and here.
Investing in forestry education can change the world for the better. Together with RECOFTC-The Center for People and Forests, Kasetsart University (KU), and the International Forestry Students' Association (IFSA), FAO supported a World Café event which engaged forestry students from KU and IFSA to sit and discuss issues related to forestry education and seek inputs on the challenges and opportunities for the next generation of foresters. 
You’re never too young to start learning about forests and trees. So we brought 50 elementary students to a boat trip to Bangkachao, Thailand, an urban green area praised by the Time magazine as the Best Urban Oasis of Asia, to raise awareness on the value of urban and peri-urban forests for food security, air quality, flood control, and health and wellbeing. Watch the short video of the trip here
Each year FAO-RAP hosts a student debate on International Day of Forests. Eight teams from high schools and universities hotly debated topics related to forestry education. The event was introduced by Kundhavi Kadiresan, FAO-RAP Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative, with welcome remarks by David Ganz, Executive Director of RECOFTC and by Dechen Tsering, Director, Asia-Pacific Office UN Environment.
We were very fortunate to have with us Ms Donna Lee, senior international climate policy advisor for FAO’s REDD+ and National Forest Monitoring team, who discussed the prospects and the future of Climate Finance in the Forestry Sector.
Our work doesn’t end here. Building on the outcomes of IDF, we invite you to join the Asia-Pacific Forestry Week 2019 by...
Organizing a partner event
APFW 2019 is designed to encourage broad participation of various stakeholders. Organizations with an interest in Asia-Pacific forestry are invited to run their own partner events as part of APFW 2019. Don't miss this important opportunity.

Register here to organize a partner event at APFW 2019. Send in your applications by 31 March 2019
Applying for an exhibition booth
The application for exhibition booth is now open! Join us at the APFW 2019 exhibition where you can showcase your programs and activities, launch new products, and network with a wide range of people involved in the forestry sector in the region. Submit an application on/before 15 April 2019

Please visit this page for the guidelines and registration.
Presenting a technical poster
Share your work at the poster session of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission. You may present your research findings, key results, recommendations or other information about projects, programmes and organizations working in the region.

Check out the guidelines for submission. Deadline of submission is
30 April 2019
*please take note of the new URLs of the webpages*
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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Korea Forest Service (KFS), the Incheon Metropolitan City and partners invite people 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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