Non-Timber Forest Products Exchange Programme

The 7th ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF) Conference

May 29, 2017

The endorsement of the ASEAN Social Forestry Network’s institutionalization into the ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry has reinforced the network’s thrust to promote forest management involving communities living within and surrounding the forest for the sustainability of the forest and prosperity of the people.

As one its flagship activities, the yearly AWG-SF Conference has pioneered multi-stakeholder collaboration towards the mainstreaming of social forestry. Since 2010, the conference has been providing an annual platform to engage in fruitful knowledge exchange on pressing issues and relevant developments in the region. The cooperation among the government, civil society, private sector, academic/research institutions, and dialogue and development partners have brought about significant commitments and results to engage common issues and tap crucial opportunities towards sustainability.

This year, the Royal Forest Department of Thailand, ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF) & ASEAN Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) will hold the 7th AWG-SF Conference in Chiang Mai, Thailand on 12-14 June 2017 to align and synthesize efforts toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Social Forestry in Forest landscape Restoration: Enabling Partnership and Investments for Sustainable Development Goals“.