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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