BCD Speaker Series – Forests of the Asia-Pacific: Can international cooperation save forests from destruction?


Date: February 25, 2017 Saturday

Time: 7 PM

Location: 巴依老爷新疆美食(工体店)Ba Ye Lao Ye Xinjiang Food (Gongti Branch) 1st floor, Xinzhong Building, East Gongti North Street 东工体北路新中大厦1层 010-69818181                                                               Reservations under: Lin 林



Humanity depends on forests more than most of us realize. Forests critically affect climate change mitigation, habitats for biodiversity and wildlife, and our production of timber, fuel and food.

However, an increasing amount of natural forests in the Asia-Pacific region are either being destroyed or replaced with plantations or man-made forests, leading to a huge threat to our ecosystem and biodiversity. The ramifications go far beyond our environment and also affect human activity and production.

The depletion of natural forests is not an issue confined by borders, and requires international collaboration and cooperation. So what is the state of forests in the region? What are forestry authorities and organizations doing about it? And what are the biggest challenges they face? How do governments and NGOs come together to tackle these challenges?

Join APFNet Program Manager Alexandra Wu this Saturday night to hear about the state of forests in the Asia-Pacific region, major efforts led by governments and organizations, and the biggest challenges and potential solutions in pursuing sustainable forest management.

About the speaker:

Alexandra Wu is a Program Manager at The Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation (APFNet). One of the major programs under her management is the Forestry Planning Network, which aims to support policymakers in developing and implementing forestry strategic plans in their respective economies.

About the organization:

APFNet is an international NGO dedicated to support Asia-Pacific economies to advance sustainable forest management in the region. It’s work is supported by four activity pillars: policy dialogue, capacity building, information sharing and demonstration projects. APFNet was formed in 2007 during the 15th APEC Economic Leaders Meeting in Sydney.