The Second Regional Forum for People and Forests with the theme: Community Forestry – Key to Solving Current and Emerging Challenges, held at the Siam City Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand, successfully concluded on August 9, 2011. The event, hosted by the Royal Forest Department, Thailand was organized by RECOFTC-The Center for People and Forests, together with Forum sponsors UN FAO, JICA and ASFN. In observance of the United Nation’s International Year of Forests, the Forum brought together over 200 participants from all levels in the Asia-Pacific region to exchange experiences in people-centered forest management.
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Here is the 2-day Forum in photos.
Participants arriving at the forum
The Forum was attended by over 200 participants from the Asia-Pacific region.
Dr. Yam Malla (C), RECOFTC-Executive Director shares a good laugh with Mr. Patrick Durst (L), FAO, while waiting to give their opening messages.
Dr. Ir. Haryadi Himawan, ASFN Secretariat Chairperson delivers the forum keynote address, focusing his message on addressing climate challenges and risks.
Ribbon cutting at the Forum’s exhibition, officially opened by Mr. Prayuth Lorsuwansiri (far right), Deputy Director General of the Royal Forest Department, Thailand, Dr. Malla-RECOFTC (far left), Mr. Hata-JICA and Mr. Himawan-ASFN.
Guests and speakers tour the exhibition area, which features hundreds of publications and products from forest communities.
The Venerable Bun Saluth intently listens, and later addresses the audience at the second day plenary session.
A participant asks a question during a session on livelihoods, food security and social inclusion.
Jones Lakan (R), a local management body representative from Indonesia, shares his experiences in collaborative forest management with the aid of an interpreter (L).
Participants donned their national costumes during the reception dinner.
Walls speak. Participants express their visions of community forestry.
One of the small groups discusses the proposed Call for Action manifesto.
An inter-disciplinary team finalizes the Call for Action manifesto.
Dr. Tint L. Thaung of The Nature Conservancy and RECOFTC’s incoming Executive Director formally closes the Second Regional Forum on People and Forests.
The Second Regional Forum for People and Forests: Community Forestry – Key to Solving Current and Emerging Challenges, held at the Siam City Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand from August 8-9, 2011.