Governance of Asia’s forests – Are we on the right track?

RECOFTC’s Manager for Capacity Building and Technical Services, Yurdi Yasmi, reports on yesterday’s plenary session on governance in forestry at Asia-Pacific Forestry Week.

The second day of Asia-Pacific Forestry Week (APFW) in Beijing started with a plenary on forest governance featuring five experts from various backgrounds, including myself. The first question posed was “What does governance mean to you?” As expected, most of the experts responded with various perspectives on how decisions are made and implemented, with an emphasis on forest law enforcement.

More Asia-Pacific Forestry Week (APFW) resources

The FAO site features daily blogs on the APFW by Thomas Fairman, an Australian forest scientist.

CIFOR Forests Blog is also covering the event at


Where Forestry Gets it Right… Even if Complexities Persist

RECOFTC’s Manager for Strategic Communications, Prabha Chandran, is blogging from Asia-Pacific Forestry Week (APFW) in Beijing. 

Sandwiched between the iconic Bird’s Nest Olympic stadium and the post-modern Ice Cube that guards the swimming pool in the Olympic village, is the National Convention Center, where some 1,500 experts from the forestry sector have gathered to deliberate the “New Challenges and New Opportunities” in this International Year of Forests.

The favorite adjective this morning was “complex.” It featured in the opening Plenary session presentations by both Jan McAlpine, head of United Nations Forum on Forests, and Dr Andrew Steer, World Bank Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change. How complex? “Of the 6.5 billion dollars in the Climate Investment Fund managed by the World Bank, only US$ 300 million – less than one percent – is invested in forests,” says Andrew Steer. ”You’re competing with  sectors like renewable energy and transport, and even if forests emit more green house gases than every plane, train or car in the world, they are still attracting much less investment.”

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