The Philippines, through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Forest Management Bureau, hosts the Seventh Meetings of the Asia Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation (APFNet) Council and Board of Directors in Pasay City.
The Meetings are in support to the achievement of the following objectives of the APFNet:
a) Contribute to the efforts of member economies and organizations to substantially increase the area of restored multifunctional forests in line with APFNet’s mission, and the objectives of its members, and in the framework of multilateral aspirations and processes such as the Bonn Challenge, the UN Strategic Plan for Forests, the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, and the Asia-Pacific Regional Strategy and Action Plan for Forest and Landscape Restoration;
b) Help to enhance forest carbon stocks and improve forest quality and productivity by promoting rehabilitation of existing but degraded forests and reforestation and afforestation of suitable cleared lands in the region;
c) Help to reduce forest loss and degradation and their associated emissions of greenhouse gases by strengthening sustainable forest management and enhancing biodiversity conservation; and
d) Help to increase the socio-economic benefits of forests in the region.
The Meetings are held in a hybrid format and participated by the APFNet Secretariat, Council Members and Board of Directors from member economies and international organizations in the Asia-Pacific region.