RECOFTC & ASFCC
RECOFTC has been continuously contributing to strengthen the ASEAN Social Forestry Network (ASFN) since its inception in 2011 through the ASEAN Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC) program.
With the aim of supporting the implementation of the ASEAN Multi-Sectoral Framework on Climate Change: Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries towards Food Security (AFCC), RECOFTC, together with other partners have been successful in delivering the following:
1. Conducting capacity building for ASFN (ASEAN Secretariat, member states, and relevant civil societies and NGOs) in developing social forestry and its linkages to climate change mitigation and adaptation
2. Supporting ASFN Secretariat to ensure effective knowledge sharing and dissemination.
3. Assist countries in piloting social forestry (SF) climate change mitigation and adaptation approaches.
4. Strengthening and enhancing National Social Forestry Working Group in ASEAN Member States
5. Providing support to the preparation and implementation of the ASFN annual meetings and event
RECOFTC’ Roles in the 2nd Phase of ASFCC
Although the phase 1 of ASFCC has been working to focusing on developing the capacity of stakeholders in the AMS at both regional and national levels, further efforts are needed to improve the level of engagement on the ground, especially in reaching specific demands for various capacity building themes at the national level. Additionally, close attention should be given to designing capacity building activities with a local context to fill the knowledge gaps that will address the complexities of social forestry in each country specifically. During phase two of the ASFCC, the AMS will play a crucial role in leading the program while partners will play a supporting role. With the experiences and lessons learned from phase one of the ASFCC as well as linking with other existing social forestry related initiatives at both regional and national level, RECOFTC is committed to continue strengthen the ASFCC through various activities in capacity building, learning interventions and knowledge generation. To achieve the ASFCC outcomes and outputs, RECOFTC will utilize its capacity and experience by transforming some of the lessons learned from phase one of the program into new innovative activities.
RECOFTC will particularly focus on strengthening the capacity of social forestry champions at the national level, by focusing on specific demands of each country. In this regard, RECOFTC plans to work on providing more national level training of practitioners in order to ensure that the alumni will be able to train their peers at the country level. To be able to support the AMS fully, RECOFTC and other partners will build synergy to work collaboratively to implement various activities.
To fulfill the needs of the AMS for specified trainings, RECOFTC would like to focus its training program to serve as a linkage between Social Forestry and Food Security as well as Social Forestry and Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation. To ensure that the lessons are applied, RECOFTC also proposes conducting additional local context and knowledge national level training in collaboration with local as well as supporting partners. New innovation is also proposed by RECOFTC in order to meet the local needs, such as providing scholarship opportunities for the AMS individuals to apply for specific training at RECOFTC. This will enable ASFN Leaders/Focal Points to nominate training participants from their respective countries to attend particular training courses that will meet their needs.
At the same time, RECOFTC will continuously support its focal countries: Myanmar, Thailand and Malaysia in the second phase through its various in-country activities. The ongoing ASFCC activities in these countries, such as developing and strengthening the National Working Groups on CF, in general, has been running smoothly, indicated by the number of support that RECOFTC has been provided through various activities. Collaboration has also been established with research body in these three countries through action research, particularly in Myanmar and Thailand. Therefore, the presence of RECOFTC in those countries in the next phase is crucial.
In phase two, RECOFTC would like to extend its support to two other AMS countries, Lao PDR and Cambodia, through strengthening their social forestry national working groups. ASFCC can also utilize RECOFTC’s strong network and long engagement in these two countries.