June 11, 2016
The ASEAN Social Foresty Network, established in 2005, strives to contribute to the goal of food security through sustainable, efficient and effective use of land, forest, water, and aquatic resources, by minimizing the risks and impacts of climate change. Since its inception, ASFN has significantly played key role in the implementation of the ASEAN Multisectoral Framework on Climate Change: Agriculture and Forestry towards Food Security (AFCC), the Strategic Plan of Actions of the ASEAN Cooperation in Forestry, and the ASEAN Blueprints for ASEAN Community Building, particularly for the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC), among others.
To support the ASFN in its effective contribution to ASEAN cooperation on forestry, the ASEAN-Swiss Partnership for Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC) provides an umbrella program for knowledge sharing, best practice learning in social forestry and climate change mitigation and adaptation, research and policy support, livelihood development and civil society engagement.
The CSO Forum
Started in 2011 through the NGO Open Space at the 2nd ASFN Annual Conference on Social Forestry and 5th ASFN Annual Meeting held in Brunei, the Civil Society Organizations (CSO) Forum was formalized in 2012 and garnered its pertinent role of being the platform and avenue of local communities, indigenous people’s organizations, and civil society organizations to distill, consolidate and elevate its important messages to the members of the ASEAN states through the ASFN.
It seeks to provide effective information, facilitate capacity and provide technical support on forest concerns in income generation to forest access and tenure, traditional ecological knowledge systems, and climate change themes such as REDD+. At present, the forum is comprised of a growing number of local communities, civil society organizations, network and membership organizations and indigenous peoples and peoples’ organizations and networks actively working in the ASEAN region on forestry issues.
Milestones and Achievements
Since its establishment, the forum has continuously engaged the ASFN in advancing measures, strategies and recommendations promoting community forestry interests in ASEAN and in the end provided significant push and achievements. The first CSO Forum in 2012 in Cambodia, had brought together 33 CSO participants from the 8 ASEAN countries and crafted a statement entitled, CSO Proposals for Strengthening CSO Engagement with ASEAN on Social Forestry and Climate Change, focusing on measures to strengthen initiatives in social forestry and to promote concrete, inclusive mechanisms for climate change in the ASEAN region. These proposals had subsequently caught the strong support and attention of the ASEAN Senior Official on Forestry (ASOF) as well as most of the ASEAN member states during the ASFN Conference and 6th Annual Meeting. Its initiatives were sustained in 2013, where 30 CSO forum member representatives developed country roadmaps that defined priority strategic actions to move forward at the country level, the implementation of targets crafted in the CSO Proposals on the themes of (a) Community Economy and Livelihood, (b) Safeguards, (c) Governance Mechanisms, and (d) Tenure & Access Rights. As the result of these actions, the CSO Proposals have once again advanced in the 7th ASFN Meeting in Luang Prabang, evident in the adopted Strategies and Mechanisms of 4th ASFN Conference by the ASOF for ASEAN Cooperation in Forestry.
In 2014-2015, the highlight of the 3rd CSO Forum held in Sabah, Malaysia and the 4th CSO Forum in Nyaung Shwe, Inle Lake Myanmar were the following:
Tenure rights and Governance
As such, that the Non Timber Forest Products-Exchange Programme Asia, through the ASEAN Social Forestry Network-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC), in partnership with the ASFN CSO Forum Regional and Thematic Working Groups, directs its focus for this year’s CSO Forum.
The general theme will focus on the The Role and Importance of Tenure and Governance Mechanisms in Securing SF Contribution to the NDC/AEC.
Objectives of the 5th CSO Forum
The 5th Forum aims to achieve the following objectives:
By the end of this forum, the following outputs are expected to be achieved;
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