The ASFN was established in 2005 by ASEAN Senior Officials on Forestry (ASOF) to promote social forestry policy and practices in the region. ASFN aims to contribute to the goal of food security through sustainable, efficient and effective use of land, forest, water, and aquatic resources, by minimizing the risks and impacts of climate change. It has been contributing to the implementation of the ASEAN Multisectoral Framework on Climate Change: Agriculture and Forestry towards Food Security (AFCC), the Strategic Plan of Actions of the ASEAN Cooperation in Forestry, and the ASEAN Blueprints for ASEAN Community Building, particularly for the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC). With support from all the ASEAN Member States (AMS) as well as the ASEANSwiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC) and supporting partner
organizations, ASFN has organized and developed various activities towards the achievement of its goal. One of its flagship activities is the annual ASFN Conference. Each year, since 2010, more than 200 participants from ASEAN Countries including representatives from government, CSOs, dialogue partners, development partners, private sector and academic/research institutions use the ASFN conference as a platform to share their thoughts, ideas and experiences on social forestry and climate change with the aim to mainstream social for estry in the region and scale up its impacts.
The 6 ASFN Conference was hosted by the Government of the Union of Myanmar that co-organized the event, together with the ASFN Secretariat, ASFCC Supporting Partners and CSOs. The Conference was organized in Inle Lake, Shan State, Myanmar, from 1 to 3 June 2015. In anticipation of the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) at the close of 2015, the theme of the Conference was “ASEAN Economic Community and Its Inter-relationships with Community Livelihoods and Environment Conservation”.