September, 7-11, 2015– Durban, South Africa. ASEAN Social Forestry Network (ASFN) along with key Partner Organization participates on World Forestry Congress (WFC) XXIV. With the support from the ASEAN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC), ASFN will host two Side Events one on September 8, and the other on September 10, and ASFN arranges the Exhibition for the week during the WFC XIV that is located on Booth H10 with the ASFCC support.
The Side Event on September 8 with the title Vibrant and Thriving Social Forestry in Southeast Asia for Investing in a Sustainable Future will be organized in Hall 2D that will start from 19.45 and last until 21.00. The Event aims to showcase successes from the ongoing cooperation on social forestry in Southeast Asia through research, capacity building, development for livelihoods. It will comprise of the following activities: 1) Sharing a View from Within; 2) Forest Fashion Show; 3) Scents and Flavors Relaxation Cafe; 4) Participatory Musical Performance. The Event will promote on how forest dependent communities have the important roles for sustainable forest management and at the same time depend on the forest for their livelihoods, culture and tradition, and highlight on why investments are needed. The Event will screen the Movie from Manang Jenna, a local community from Sunflower weavers group, Bukidnon, Philippines, and followed with the fashion show of these products that have been adopted in the fashion label of Anthony Cruz Legarda, the well-known designer from the Philippines.
The Program will continue with the story about how the local community have rehabilitated the forest areas devastated from forest plantation by cultivating sagoo. The Program of the Event will have its finale with participatory musical performance of Participants and Attendees of the Event, by playing the Angklung, traditional instrument from Southeast Asia made of bamboo. At the end of the Congress the newly produced Angklung will be distributed to Participants as Souvenirs.
The Event on September 10 with the title Policy Dialogue on Social Forestry in Southeast Asia: Investing in a Sustainable Future for People and Forests in ASEAN will take place at Hall 1B starting from 12:45 and last until 14:15. The Dialogue will highlight forestry cooperation of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the context of the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015. The Panel comes from diverse background, from government, private sector, CSOs as well. The ASEAN Countries seek to promote economic growth, social progress and cultural development through regional cooperation, collaboration and integration in economic, socio-cultural, techno-scientific and administrative domains. The Dialogue will focus on cooperation to enhance the contributions of participatory, people-oriented approaches to forestry policy and management, generically referred to as Social Forestry, to achieving food and livelihood security, addressing climate change, and fostering a vibrant and inclusive green economy in Southeast Asia.
The Event will open with a short film on the status, issues and opportunities in ASEAN forestry, featuring cooperation initiatives and lessons from social forestry implementation in the region. This will be followed by a Panel Discussion of distinguished Speakers drawn from key stakeholder groups and an interactive Dialogue between the Panelists and the audience. The Discussion will touch upon key issues confronting ASEAN in its initial steps towards a single market and production base, in which forestry is among the priority sectors for market integration. Issues for discussion would include: finance and enterprise development; governance and institutional capacity strengthening; research and technology support (e.g., agroforestry, non-timber forest products processing, etc.); and policy incentives for equitable and sustainable forest management.