History Of AWG-SF

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Strategies And Mechanism *



Cross-cutting Recommendations:

  • Set and monitor Social Forestry targets at national and regional levels.
  • Adopt a rights-based approach to Social Forestry policy formulation, planning and implementation.
  • Provide secure tenure to indigenous and other local communities (especially customary forest users, rotational agriculturalists) and access to timber resources.
  • Adopt and implement the Voluntary Guidelines on Forest Tenure Reform.
  • Adopt or reform national laws and regulations to simplify process of SF registration and remove barriers to SF-based SMEs.
  • Establish a regional platform and mechanism for forest-related conflict resolution.
  • Establish an ASEAN Trust Fund for Social Forestry.

Tenth annual meeting of the ASEAN Social Forestry Network. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Robert Finlayson

Tenth annual meeting of the ASEAN Social Forestry Network. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Robert Finlayson

Social Forestry in Climate Change Adaptation and Biodiversity Conservation:

  • Adopt a common methodology for climate change vulnerability assessment and make vulnerability assessments an integral part of social forestry-related national and regional plans.

Social Forestry and REDD+

  • Establish mechanism and develop operational guidelines for implementing social and environmental safeguards for social forestry.
  • Beyond food security, promote food sovereignty.
  • Strengthen institutions for social forestry through support for national level multi-stakeholder mechanisms, effective linkages and decentralization of authority to local bodies.

Community Economy & Livelihood

  • Establish a regional process to protect intellectual property rights (IPR) over local products and knowledge. (including copyright protocol, registries) consistent with UNDRIP and other international agreements.
  • Include the Creative Industry (cultural products, arts) as a priority sector for ASEAN economic integration.
  • Establish, develop guidelines and solicit AMS contributions for a Trust Fund for SF-based SMEs.
  • Adopt Voluntary Guidelines on Private Sector engagement and human rights in line with UN Due Diligence guidelines and international agreements.
  • Support marketing and consumer campaigns to promoting intra-ASEAN trade in creative/cultural economy products, while ensuring IPR and chain of custody traceability.
  • Facilitate sharing of technical expertise through MoUs among centers of excellence in forest products development and research in ASEAN.
  • Establish Value Chain support programs for SF-based SMEs.
  • Provide incentives to SF-based SMEs and communities.

Example of a non-timber forest product. Photo: Non-timber Forest Products Exchange Programme

Example of a non-timber forest product. Photo: Non-timber Forest Products Exchange Programme

* Strategies and Mechanisms adopted by ASFN (Kota Kinabalu, May 2014) endorsed by the ASOF (Siem Reap, Cambodia, June 2014) for ASEAN Cooperation in Forestry

Terminology:

AWG-SF uses the generic term Social Forestry in its regional Reports to refer to policies and programs with the above characteristics. Where the Report refers to specific policies and programs in individual Countries, the terminology of respective Member State is used.

AWG-SF contributes to ASEAN, particularly to:

  • ASEAN Cooperation in Forestry Strategic Plan of Actions (ASOF SPA);
  • ASEAN Multisectoral Framework on Climate Change: Agriculture and Forestry towards Food Security (AFCC);
  • ASEAN Economic Community and ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Roadmaps.

Defining Characteristics of Social Forestry:

  • Engages communities living in and around forests in sustainable forest use and management;
  • Empowers communities through awareness raising, capacity building, participatory policy development, and recognition of their rights and systems of knowledge;
  • Provides communities with benefits and access to forest resources for their participation in sustainable forest management.