About the AWG-SF Conference
The ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG SF) is a transformation of the ASEAN Social Forestry Network (ASFN), a government driven social forestry network in Southeast Asia, that aims to promote social forestry policy and practices in the region. It has been contributing to the implementation of the ASEAN Multisectoral Framework on Climate Change: Agriculture and Forestry towards Food Security (AFCC), the Vi si on and Strategi c Pl an of Acti ons of the ASEAN Cooperation in Food, Agriculture and Forestry (2016-2025), 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 ASEAN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC) and the Supporting Partner Organizations, -namely Center for International Research/ CIFOR, Non Timber Forest Product Exchange Programme Asi a/ NTFP-EP, The Center for Peopl e and Forests RECOFTC, The World Agroforestry Centre/ ICRAF and The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture/ SEARCA - AWG-SF/ ASFN has organized and developed various activities towards the achievement of its goal. One of its ﬂagship activities is the AWG-SF/ ASFN Conference. During the conference, more than 200 participants from ASEAN Countries including representatives from government, civil society organizations (CSOs), dialogue partners, development partners, private sector and academic/research institutions use the conference as a platform to share their thoughts, ideas and experiences on social forestry and climate change with the aim to mainstream social forestry in the region and scale up its impacts.
The 7 AWG-SF Conference will be hosted by the Royal Forest Department (RFD) of Thailand that will co-organize the event, together with the AWGSF Secretari at and ASFCC Supporti ng Partners and CSOs. The Conference will be organized in Chiang Mai, 12-14 June 2017. The theme of the Conference proposed is “Social Forestry in Forest Landscape Restoration: Enabling Partnership and Investments for Sustainable Development Goals”.