Asia Pacific Forestry Skills and Capacity Building Programme

​Programme Background

The Asia-Pacific Forestry Skills and Capacity Building Programme commenced in 2007 to assist countries in the Asia-Pacific region increase their forest management expertise and improve carbon sequestration performance of their forests. The programme concluded in June 2014.

Phase II of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Skills and Capacity Building Programme

Phase II sought to build regional capacity in support of REDD+. Project activities funded through Phase II addressed one or more of the following programme objectives:

  • Improving capacity to provide practical support for sustainable forest management and improved forest governance, law enforcement and regulatory frameworks that assist efforts to REDD+.
  • Building the institutional and technical capacity needed to deliver sustainable forest management that supports REDD+.
  • Adaptive and effective programme, partnership and knowledge management.

To align with IFCI objectives, the Phase II activities focused on Indonesia and Papua New Guinea (PNG). The Australian Government discontinued the Indonesia component of the programme in April 2012. This was due to difficulty in negotiating suitable governance arrangements with the Government of Indonesia. 

The following projects were funded under Phase II.

Implementing organisation

Project title

Location

Papua New Guinea Forest Authority

A forest management decision support system to assist the PNGFA with forest management and planning of operations in support of sustainable forest management

Papua New Guinea

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations

Review the PNG Logging Code of Practice. Improve capacity to plan, monitor and enforce code implementation.

Papua New Guinea

Phase I of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Skills and Capacity Building Programme

Phase I of the programme ran from 2007 to 2009 and funded fifteen projects, with a total value of $2.1 million. The majority of the initiatives aimed at improving skills and capacity in sustainable forest management and combating illegal logging through hands-on training and training workshops.

The outcomes of Phase I of the programme are discussed in the report:

Making headway with sustainable forest management to help combat climate change.