ASEAN Senior Officials on Forestry (ASOF)

In June 2014, the ASOF endorsed the Strategies and Mechanisms to Strengthen ASEAN cooperation in Social Forestry that were Adopted by the ASFN in the 5th ASFN Conference in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah in May 2014.

Following this in the 6th Annual ASFN Conference in Inle Lake, Shan State, Myanmar in June 2015, the ASFN affirmed that Social Forestry can contribute significantly to realize the ASEAN Vision 2020 for Food, Agriculture and Forestry (FAF). It is envisioned that ASEAN shall be a leading producer of FAF products, and the forestry sector as a model in forest management, conservation and sustainable development;

As the diverse modes of Social/Community Forestry (SF/CF) typically engage communities living in and around forests, SF/CF is ideally suited not only for forest management but also for multifunctional landscape management. Beyond their contributions to economic production, multifunctional landscapes are vital for the over-all wellbeing of the people who live in and manage these landscapes.

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