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APEC Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Forestry (MMRF)


3rd MMRF Meeting taken on 29 October 2015 (Source: Forest Policy Section, FMB)

The Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Forestry (MMRF) is a high-level policy dialogue among Asia-Pacific economies that encourages greater cooperation in addressing regional challenges and opportunities including forest cover increase, illegal logging and climate change mitigation. It seeks to exchange experiences on promoting good governance and transparency in the trade of legal timber, timber products and front services while enhancing and sustaining local forest industries.

It is also intended to assess existing efforts and explore further opportunities to enhance work on meeting the aspirational forest cover goal. It aims to scale-up commitments to promote sustainable forest management and rehabilitation and address forest-related issues to contribute to the green growth agenda of APEC.

The first meeting of APEC Ministers Responsible for Forestry was held in Beijing, China in 2011. It was held to bring together ministers and senior officials from APEC economies to focus solely on forests and forestry in the region.

The second meeting of APEC Ministers Responsible for Forestry meeting was held in Cusco, Peru in 2013. APEC Ministers Responsible for Forestry released the Cusco Statement that contains 17 aspirations for APEC member economies to address the challenges related to green growth and sustainable development.

APEC MMRF holds its session every two years.
 
Focal Office:
Forest Management Bureau (FMB)
Date Launched:
First meeting 2011
Focal Persons:
High Level
       MR. DEMETRIO L. IGNACIO, JR.       
       Undersecretary for Staff Bureaus
       Department of Environment and Natural Resources
       Tel. Nos. - (632) 926 1004 / 928 4969

Technical
       FOR. MARCIAL C. AMARO, JR.       
       Assistant Secretary for Field Operations
       Department of Environment and Natural Resources
       Tel. Nos. - (632) 920 2212 / 9252339

       FOR. RICARDO L. CALDERON
       Director
       DENR - Forest Management Bureau
       Tel. Nos. - (632) 928 9313 / 927 4788
Sources / Relevant Links:
http://www.mmrf3.org/
Status:

Updates

The ministerial statement for the 3rd Meeting highlighted the importance of sustainable forest management in achieving long-term sustainable socio-economic development in the region through:
1) Supporting Sustainable Forest Management;
2) Forest Conservation and Forest Rehabilitation to Mitigate and to Adapt the Impact of Climate Change;
3) Maintaining and Strengthening Efforts to Combat Illegal Logging and associated Trade; and
4) Private-Public Dialogue on Mechanisms, Policies and Best Practices to Attract and Maintain Sustainable Investment in the Development of Forests and Forest Resources.
In their statement, Ministers identified 12 aspirations for APEC member economies to pursue. 
This Page was updated on 25 January 2017 and will be updated on 25 April 2017
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