Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation (APFNet)

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FMB Asst. Director Mayumi Quintos-Natividad (seated, fourth from left) attends the 5th Council Meeting of the APFNet held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on 18-23 March 2019. [APFNet Secretariat]

The 15th APEC Economic Leaders Meeting in Sydney, Australia in September 2007 adopted the proposal of China, Australia and the United States for the creation of the Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation (APFNet). This was included in the Sydney Declaration on Climate Change, Energy Security and Clean Development. The APFNet was formally launched on 25 September 2008, with its Secretariat in Beijing.

The APFNet serves as a regional platform to promote and improve sustainable forest management and rehabilitation in the region through capacity-building, information sharing, regional policy dialogues and pilot projects. It aims to contribute to the achievement of the aspirational goal of increasing forest cover in the APEC region by at least 20 million hectares across all types of forests by 2020. The governance structure of APFNet was established in 2015 via its Council and Board of Directors. The Council is an advisory body of APFNet and serves as a Forum of exchange for APFNet members. The Board of Directors is composed of senior officials, experts and scholars who provide general oversight of APFNet. The annual meetings of the APFNet Council and the Board of Directors are usually held together.
Focal Office:
Forest Management Bureau (FMB)
Date Launched:
Launched - 25 September 2008
Focal Persons:
Council Representative
Director, DENR-FMB Tel. No. (632) 927 4788

Contact Person
OIC-Assistant Director, DENR-FMB
Tel. No. (632) 927 4784, Fax: (632) 928 2778
As a member country of the APFNet, the Philippines, through the DENR-FMB, is expected to participate in the meetings and projects of the network in the promotion and implementation of sustainable forest management and rehabilitation in the region. These are included in the APFNet Strategic Plan 2016- 2020. The DENR-FMB is also expected to submit related project concept notes and project proposals, such as demonstration projects for funding of the network.
Sources / Relevant Links:
APFNet Website


In 2018, APFNet celebrated its 10th anniversary by organizing a Conference on Forest Rehabilitation in the Asia-Pacific Region and associated meetings on 26-28 March 2018 in Beijing, China. The said conference and the Forestry Planning Network Meeting were held to enable the sharing of best practices on forest rehabilitation and their contribution to the achievement of the Sydney Aspirational Forestry Goal and goals related to forests in the 2030 UN SDGs.
The APFNet 5th Council Meeting was held from 20-22 March 2019 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Thailand as the Chair, announced that two seats in the Board will be open for nomination before the 2020 Council Meeting and member economies were invited to send in their nominations. The meeting reviewed the 2018 workplan. Highlights of 2018 activities were the creation of more platforms for experience sharing and networking such as the Transboundary Wildlife Conservation Initiative (@Wild) and the Southeast Asian Network of Forestry Research Institutes (SANFRI) to establish networks for wildlife conservation practitioners and forestry researchers. SANFRI supported the academic visits of ASEAN forestry researchers in the Yunnan Academy of Forestry. The results of the Mid-Term Review of the APFNet Strategic Plan 2016-2020 were also presented. The 2019 budget for APFNet is approximately USD 10 million, which was donated by the Chinese Government.
Other key discussions during the 5th meeting were (1) forest rehabilitation needs, monitoring and future directions; (2) project planning, management, communication, sustainability and impacts. On forest rehabilitation/restoration, the participants agreed on the need to build appropriate economic incentives to encourage ownership, participation and ensure the sustainability of outcomes. New policies are needed to (1) address land ownership issues; (2) attract and promote private investment; and (3) support community livelihood improvement. Advances needed in practice are (1) better implementation of forest land restoration; (2) mass production of seedlings; and (3) greater capacity related to natural regeneration. Technological advances are needed in
(1) baseline data, e.g., on soil and tenure, of the area to be rehabilitated and
(2) strong seedlings to withstand harsh conditions of open areas and/or poor soil.
This Page was updated on 16 December 2019 and will be updated on 10 December 2020
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