Capacity-building workshop for selected subregions of Asia on the restoration of forests and other ecosystems

27 June - 1 July 2016 - Bangkok, Thailand

Objectives

The overall aim of the workshop was to support Parties in developing and implementing national plans on ecosystem restoration, including with a focus on forests towards achieving Aichi Biodiversity Targets 5, 14 and 15 and related targets. Towards this aim, the workshop enabled:

  • Review of national commitments and their stages of implementation;

  • Learning about best practices from experts in the field, including on approaches taken to incorporate biodiversity into national plans and frameworks for implementation;

  • Review of relevant global and regional initiatives and relevant tools in support of country commitments;

  • Exchange of experiences and knowledge;

  • Exploring opportunities for resource mobilization.

Participation

The workshop was attended by 22 country-level experts from 18 countries. 19 experts were nominated by CBD focal points from the following 17 countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Timor-Leste, and Viet Nam. Four country-level forestry experts were nominated via processes of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) from Cambodia, Indonesia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and the Philippines. It was also attended by two representatives of indigenous peoples and local communities.

 

Experts from United Nations Environment Programme, the FAO regional office for Asia, the International Tropical Timber Organization, Birdlife Indonesia, the World Resources Institute, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the Society for Ecological Restoration, SERVIR- Mekong, the Indonesian Peatland Restoration Agency, the Asia-Pacific Forest Network, the Royal Forest Department of Thailand, and the World Wide Fund for Nature also attended and contributed to the workshop.

 

Experts from the private sector, including Asia Pulp and Paper and Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL) also contributed to the workshop.