Workshop on the Role of Forest Resource Management in Great Mekong Sub-region (GMS) Launched in Kunming, China

A workshop on the Role of Forest Resource Management in GMS was launched on 11 July 2012, in Kunming China, which is jointly sponsored and organized by APFNet and the Mekong Institute (MI), in collaboration with Southwest Forestry University (SWFU) and Yunan Academy of Biodiversity (YAB). This workshop is the second workshop towards GMS supported by APFNet since 2010, serving as an efficient platform for information sharing and recommendation proposed for the APFNet development of demonstration projects in GMS. Mr. Cili Norbu, executive director of Future Generations China, participated in the workshop and shared our project on community based natural resources management approach which launched in the upper reach of Four Great Rivers.

The opening ceremony was chaired by Professor Li Yonghe, YAB president, and the welcome remarks were delivered by Mr. Jin Puchun, Director General of International Cooperation Department State Forestry Administration, Mr. Lu De, Assistant Executive Director of APFNet Secretariats, Prof. Chen Baokun, Chair of the SWFU Board Directors, Mr. Jin chen, Director of International Regional Cooperation Office of Yunnan Province and Prof. Wang Zehua, MI China Coordinator, are pleased with the broad participation in this valuable activity and they wish that the training workshop will be successful.

Bringing together 25 forestry officials and researchers from 6 economies, including Cambodia, China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand and Viet Nam, the workshop is focused on the challenges facing GMS economies in terms of the sustainable management and the use of forest resources to improve watershed management. Thematic Lectures and case studies will be given by resource persons from FAO, IMFN, and Jawaharlal Nehru University, to mention a few. In addition, reports submitted by participants will be presented as a basis for in-depth exchange of forest resources management through case studies and measures in various conditions.

A field trip to Puer County in Yunnan Province will be organized in the latter part of the workshop to showcase the performance and experiences of forest resources management at local level.