AWG-SF, the ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry is a transformation of the ASEAN Social
Forestry Network (ASFN), a government driven social forestry network in Southeast Asia, with main goal to strengthen ASEAN Cooperation in Social Forestry through the sharing of information and knowledge. The AWG-SF is an ASEAN Working Group that reports to the ASEAN Senior Officials on Forestry (ASOF) then the ASEAN Ministerial on Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF).
The endorsement to become AWG-SF deliberated during the 19th ASOF Meeting on August 2016 in Vientiane, Lao PDR and the 38th ASEAN Ministerial on Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF) Meeting on September 2016 in Singapore.
The recommendation to establish the network on social forestry at first initiated during the ASEAN Regional Workshop on Social Forestry in Madiun, East Java, Indonesia in March 2005. In the same year, the recommendation was endorsed during the ASOF Meeting in Cambodia, August 2005.
The Working Group has an extended objective and scope of work from the initial ten years of the ASFN that links the government forestry policy-makers directly with other network members from civil society, research organizations, academia, private sector and experts of related fields- all who share a vision of seeing social forestry grow in ASEAN Member States.