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Largest and most important forestry event in Asia-Pacific this year set to guide   region’s strategies and actions for sustainable forestry to 2020

More than 1 000 government forestry and natural resources officials, representatives of international and non-government organizations and forest industries from over 30 countries will gather at Asia-Pacific Forestry Week 2016 in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga, Philippines, 22-26 February.

Asia-Pacific Forestry Week 2016 – Clark, Philippines, 22-26 February

Spearheaded by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission (APFC), in partnership with the Philippines Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the event focuses on “growing our future” through effective integration of forestry with the other facets of sustainable development. The Forestry Week events will run in conjunction with the 26th session of the APFC, which convenes regional forestry leaders every two years to review progress, discuss common issues and set new agendas for forestry in the region. 

More than 70 workshops, seminars and partner events will take place during Forestry Week, which will serve as a springboard for inclusive dialogue on future trade and markets for forest products, forests and climate change, forests and people, new institutions and governance, and green investment. Seasoned journalist Veronica Pedrosa will moderate a roundtable session on “Growing our future!” with emphasis on creating an environment across the region that enables and encourages prosperity, social cohesion and ecological sustainability.

Among the speakers at the event are FAO Assistant Director-General for Forestry René Castro Salazar; Philippines Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje; DENR-Forest  Management Bureau Director Ricardo Calderon; John Innes, Dean of the Forestry Department at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and head of the UBC Sustainable Forest Management Laboratory; Tony La Viña, Dean of the Ateneo School of Government and lead negotiator for the Philippines in the climate change negotiations since 1997; Neil Byron, noted environmental economist and policy analyst and adjunct professor at the Australian National University; and May Anne Then, President of the International Forestry Students Association. CNN Hero Award Winner Budi Soehardi will make a special appearance to highlight how one person can truly “grow our future” in positive directions through committed actions.

For more information, visit http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/asia-pacific-forestry-week/en/

 

WHAT:  Asia-Pacific Forestry Week 2016

WHEN:  Monday to Friday, 22 to 26 February 2016

WHERE: Fontana Convention Center, Pampanga, Philippines

               Pampanga, Philippines | C.M. Recto Highway, Clark Freeport Zone

 

Accreditation will take place at the main registration area. A valid press card or letter of assignment on company stationery, plus picture ID, required.

 

Press trip: FAO is organizing an overnight itinerary for journalists interested in covering the opening ceremonies and thematic sessions from 23 to 24 February. Advance coordination is requested. Please contact Nikki Meru at +63 917 882 9246.

 

Twitter hashtag: #APFW2016

 

More information: FAO Representation in the Philippines (+63) 02 553 5827, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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