ASFCC as a partnership initiative that supports the ASEAN Social Forestry Network is well embedded in the ASEAN setup. With its strategic position in providing knowledge and recommendations to a large number of social forestry issues, ASFCC has been working towards providing strategic policy issues for ASEAN and member states.
Please refer to full list of activities of ASFCC in phase I.
Baseline information on social forestry and climate change for ASEAN region
Getting an overview of the current status of the progress of social forestry in the region as well as its link on how social forestry can contribute to climate change adaptation and mitigation including baseline information have always been a challenge in the region. This information is crucial as a benchmark on initiating the development of social forestry in the region. It will help policy makers and practitioners to make informed decision.
At the same time, the information provided in the report by member countries enables them to learn from each other on how to advance social forestry in their respective countries. RECOFTC as supporting partner of ASFCC worked with representatives from ASEAN countries and other ASFCC partners who are members of the Learning Group developed a comprehensive baseline study in 2010, ‘The role of Social Forestry in Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation in the ASEAN Region’.
This study was updated in 2013 by producing the situational analysis report, ‘Current Status of Social Forestry in Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation in the ASEAN Region’. By utilizing the active participation and support of the learning group members, RECOFTC coordinated the collection of national level data on social forestry and climate change. Both the 2010 baseline and the 2013 situational analysis successfully addressed some of the crucial information related to social forestry, climate change and key national forestry data, including forest cover and the area managed by local people.
The reports effectively provided a snapshot of the status of forests and social forestry in the ASEAN region in 2013. The report also presents information on key climatic changes observed in the region, as well as an overview of national policies, laws and programmes on social forestry and climate change in each country.