ASFN Conference and Annual Meeting

ASEAN Workshop on Social Forestry was held on March, 2005 in Madiun, East Java, Indonesia. The meeting initiates to establishment of Social Forestry in ASEAN Region and also suggest it was required to organize ASFN Conference periodically.

June, 2007 The 1st ASFN Annual Meeting, Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia

  • Adoption of the Terms of Reference and Strategic Action Plan of Action
  • Secretariat for ASFN formed to support the development of ASFN.

August, 2008 The 2nd ASFN Annual Meeting, Bangkok Thailand

  • The progress of implementing the ASFN Strategic Plan of Action (SPA), and discussions on strategic and closer collaborative engagement with international organizations.

June, 2009 The 3rd ASFN Annual Meeting, Subic, the Philippines

  • The first Side event on Social Forestry in Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change
  • The adoption of rotational Country chairmanship and hosting of ASFN and the launching of official ASFN website

June, 2010 The 4th ASFN Annual Meeting, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

  • Officiated by Minister of Forestry of the Republic of Indonesia and the 1st ASFN Conference and Knowledge Fair on Social Forestry addressing climate change and contribution to food security

June, 2011 The 2nd ASFN Conference and 5th Annual Meeting, Brunei Darussalam

  • Baseline Study on Social Forestry in ASEAN Countries
  • Inception of ASEAN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC)

June, 2012 The 3rd ASFN Conference and 6th Annual Meeting, Siem Reap, Cambodia

  • The 1st ASFN Civil Society Organization (CSOs) Forum
  • Adoption by ASOF of CSO Forum recommendations

June, 2013 The 4th ASFN Conference and 7th Annual Meeting, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR

  • Conference Recommendations on Social Forestry in REDD+
  • Community Economy and Livelihoods and Social Forestry in Climate Change Adaptation & Biodiversity Conservation adopted by ASF


The 2nd ASFCC Learning Group Workshop participants posing between bamboo poles built as a fence by the local community to increase the survival rate of young mangrove seedlings and thereby build coastal resilience and reduce storm surge in Klong Prasong Community Forest, Krabi, Thailand.

May 24-26, 2014 The 5th ASFN Conference and 8th Annual Meeting, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

  • Featuring CSOs
  • Launch the second phase of ASFCC
  • Establish ASFN Strategic Response Fund (ASRF)

June 1 – 5, 2015 The 6th ASFN Conference and 9th Annual Meeting, Shan State, Myanmar

  • ASEAN Economic Community and its Inter-Relationships with Community Livelihoods and Environment Conservation
  • ASEAN Vision 2020 for Food, Agriculture and Forestry (FAF) and Social Forestry

June 14 – 16, 2016 The  10th ASFN Annual Meeting, Puerto Princesa, Philippines

RECOFTC has an opportunity to deliver presentation highlighted the ASFCC activities that includes participatory action research, development of national working group and learning group, national and regional training and participation to relevant international events, as well as the upcoming activities such as CF Champions Network, CF Leadership Camp, National Training, PAR, and updates on report of current status of CF and CC.

img_3729_opt1The ASEAN Member States and the ASEAN acknowledged with appreciation the work accomplished by RECOFTC for the ASFN activities with support from the ASFCC. For instance, Malaysia expressed recognition towards the activities implemented by RECOFTC to support the ASFN activities in the country. As a follow up, there will be upcoming national training to be held in September 2016 in Perak, Malaysia, and continuing discussion will take place with Malaysia for the preparation of the training Course. RECOFTC noted the proposal from Thailand to have ASFN national policy dialogues highlighting agroforestry development in the country.