Acknowledgements

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CIDA
(Canadian International Development Agency)
through the
Tree Link Project
.

ACIAR
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Newsletters
 

No. 38 : December 2016
Message from the Chairman:

The year 2016 has come to a close, it is time that I should reflect on what APAFRI has achieved in 2016.

Working with various constraints, as usual APAFRI has been very active, involving in several activities in the Asia Pacific region during the year. Besides those already reported in the June issue of the Newsletter, APAFRI has involved itself in about half-a-dozen or so activities during the second half of 2016.

A major event during that period was the IUFRO Regional Congress for Asia and Oceania 2016, organized by the Chinese Academy of Forestry in Beijing, China. APAFRI has contributed as a Bronze Sponsor to the event, and had set up an exhibition booth during the weeklong event. Besides participating in several of the side events, APAFRI also held its 21st Executive Committee Meeting during that week. This is the first meeting for the present Executive Committee elected in 2015.

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No. 37 : June 2016
Message from the Chairman:

How time flies, without realizing it we are already half way through 2016. For the past six months, APAFRI has been very active, involving in several activities in the Asia Pacific region. APAFRI has co-organized two side events during the 26th Asia Pacific Forestry Commission Meeting/3rd Asia Pacific Forestry Week in Clark, the Philippines, 22–26 February 2016. APAFRI also put up an exhibition to show case APAFRI activities and achievements, displaying publications and posters.

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No. 36 : December 2015
Message from the Chairman:

First and foremost, I would like to take this opportunity to express my most sincere thanks and gratitude to all members present at this year’s Seventh General Assembly. I am most honoured to be elected as Chairman of APAFRI Executive Committee for the next three years. Allow me also to congratulate and welcome all the members of the new APAFRI Executive Committee 2015-2018: the Vice-chairman Dr Bambang Tri Hartono of Forestry and Environment Research Development and Innovation Agency (FORDA), and members Dr Iwao Noda of Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS), Prof. Dr Mohamed Zakaria Hussin of University Putra Malaysia, Mr Semi Dranibaka of Fiji Forest Department, Dr B N Mohanty of Indian Plywood Industries Research and Training Institute, Mr Chen Yen-Chang of Taiwan Forestry Research Institute (TFRI) and Dr Zhao Wenxia of Research Institute of Forest Ecology, Environment and Protection (RIFEEP-CAF).

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No. 35 : June 2015
Message from the Chairman:

Six months had passed since the last issues of APAFRI Newsletter! In the last issue, I had mentioned that this year is the 20th year of APAFRI since its inauguration during the Meeting of the Heads of Forestry Research in the Asia Pacific held in Bogor, Indonesia, 20–28 February 1995.This year is also the year that APAFRI would need to convene its once-in-three-year All-members General Assembly. The last General Assembly, the sixth since its inauguration, was convened in Guangzhou on 31 August 2012. The next one, the seventh, should be held around August/September 2015. Some information on the General Assembly and relevant documents were included in the last issue of the APAFRI Newsletter. The article also invited member institutions to express intention to host this event.

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No. 34 : December 2014
Message from the Chairman:

It just occurred to me that APAFRI would be 20 years old come February 2015. APAFRI was inaugurated during the Meeting of the Heads of Forestry Research in the Asia Pacific held in Bogor, Indonesia, 20–28 February 1995.The Secretariat, initially hosted by FAO Regional Office in Bangkok, shifted to University Putra Malaysia in Serdang, Malaysia, in 1997 .It was relocated again to the Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM), Kepong, in July 2001, and remains here till now. FRIM Management has been very generous. Besides providing adequately comfortable office space with Internet facilities totally free to the Secretariat; FRIM also loaned one of its senior researchers with an administration assistant on a full-time basis to manage the operations of the Secretariat.

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No. 33 : June 2014
Message from the Chairman:

Without realizing it, it is already well past half of the term of the present Executive Committee elected at the Sixth General Assembly, held in Guangzhou on 31 August 2012. For a small regional association with limited resources, it is always a big challenge to have Executive Committee meetings as regularly as desired. The diverse specializations and official portfolios of the members had further compounded the challenge. The present Executive Committee has therefore not able to have any meeting after the members were elected in 2012. However, the Secretariat has been sending out monthly reports promptly every month to all the Executive Committee members.

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Dec 2013

No. 32 : December 2013
Message from the Chairman:

The year 2013 has past so fast and by the time this issue of APAFRI Newsletter reaches you, we are already in January 2014.December is always a hectic month for APAFRI. While most people are already in their festive mood, clearing up their annual leaves, and preparing for the holidays; APAFRI Secretariat staff needs, however, to finalize the various accounts and project reports, besides the usual tasks of monthly reporting, annual account closing, and preparing the December issue of the Newsletter.This year we have the additional task of closing the project on Forest Transition. Funded by the Asia-Pacific Network on Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation (APFNet), the project was approved in October 2011, and launched officially with a meeting in Beijing, during the Asia-Pacific Forest Commission 24th Session in November 2011.

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No. 31 : June 2013
Message from the Chairman:

After a rather hectic 2012, this year has started with a much slower pace. However, APAFRI still has a fair share of forestry related happenings in the region.The first major event of this year was the workshop on forest transition which was hosted by Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) in Kuningan, Indonesia in February. The workshop has gathered the focal persons from the nine participating countries, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines and Vietnam, to share their progress and experiences in implementing the project funded by the Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation (APFNet).

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No. 30 : December 2012
Message from the Chairman:

Greetings from Kepong, Malaysia! First and foremost, allow me to take this opportunity to express my most sincere thanks and gratitude to all members present at this year’s Sixth General Assembly, for electing me as Chairman of APAFRI Executive Committee for a second term. I am honoured to be re-elected. I believe this is yet another testament to the strong support given to FRIM by the Association members throughout these years. After convening in Kuala Lumpur twice, in 2006 and 2009, this Sixth General Assembly was hosted by the Research Institute of Tropical Forestry (RITF) in Guangzhou, China. We are indebted to Dr Xu Daping, the Director of RITF, and his capable staff under the leadership of Dr Li Mei, for assisting in organizing the Eighteenth APAFRI Executive Committee meeting in the morning, and the Sixth General Assembly in the afternoon, 31 August 2012.

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No. 29 : June 2012
Message from the Chairman:

Greetings from Kuala Lumpur! This year, 2012, is another milestone year for APAFRI. Once in three years, APAFRI must have its all-members General Assembly. As the last General Assembly was held in Kuala Lumpur in 2009, the next one, the sixth since its establishment in 1995, must be convened this year. The APAFRI Secretariat had, since mid last year, started to scout around for a willing member institution to host this coming General Assembly. Traditionally, the General Assembly would be held in association with a major regional event to attract the attendance of representatives from member institutions. As Kuala Lumpur has been the venue for the past two General Assemblies, the Secretariat would like to hold the next General Assembly in another Asian city.

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No. 28 : December 2011
Message from the Chairman:

As the year coming to its end, allow me to reflect on the more significant events that APAFRI has involved in the year 2011. APAFRI has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Korea Forest Research Institute (KFRI), Seoul, in August. The commitments detailed under this MOU include carrying out specified projects of mutual interest and publish results of joint projects. KFRI will provide appropriate financial support to fulfill such commitments. APAFRI has committed the initial contribution to organize an international symposium on forest rehabilitation in Kuala Lumpur next year.

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No. 27 : June 2011
Message from the Chairman:

The first half of the first year in the second decade of the new millennium had been shaken by many disasters in the region. The east coast of Honshu Island, Japan, was struck by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake on 11 March. It was the most powerful known earthquake to have hit Japan, and one of the five most powerful earthquakes in the world overall since modern record-keeping began in 1900. This most devastating earthquake in a hundred years had triggered a deadly tsunami and causing widespread destruction and fatalities. The nearby Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant was badly affected and the nuclear power generator units experienced meltdown which led to life-threatening nuclear radiation leakage. There were a few other earthquakes such as the ones in New Zealand and Myanmar. On top of these the region was also hit by severe typhoons causing huge damages to countries like China, Vietnam and the Philippines.

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No. 26 : Dec 2010
Message from the Chairman:

I am proud to announce that APAFRI had gone through another year with numerous sparkling achievements in 2010. Among the highlights are its highly prominent presence during the IUFRO World Congress 2010 in Seoul; successful completion of the ITTO Project on forest genetic resources; training workshop in Coimbatore, India; and the Asia Pacific Symposium on Vulnerability Assessments in Manila, the Philippines.APAFRI has been very active in IUFRO, and has participated in all World Congresses since APAFRI’s establishment in 1995: Kuala Lumpur 2000, Brisbane 2005, and again in Seoul 2010.

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No. 25 : June 2010
Message from the Chairman:

The year 2010 is a rather significant year for many reasons. First and foremost, the United Nations proclaimed 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity, and people all over the world are working to safeguard this irreplaceable natural wealth and reduce biodiversity loss. APAFRI, although not directly involved in these global activities, has nevertheless, contributed to some of the regional activities of relevance. APAFRI’s involvement as a partner in an ITTO funded project on forest genetic resources was further strengthened with the project granted another extension. Two major activities are being planned: a training workshop to be hosted by the Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding in Coimbatore, India; and a side-event and display at the XXIII IUFRO World Congress in August this year.

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No. 24 : Dec 2009
Message from the Chairman:

I am writing this message as the newly elected Chairman of APAFRI Executive Committee 2009-2012. My sincere thanks to all the members, who were present at the Fifth General Assembly convened on 4 October 2009 in Kuala Lumpur, for electing me to the post. This is going to be a very challenging task for me for the next three years, especially in view of the fact that I just assumed the position of Director General of Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) 18 months earlier. My two immediate predecessors – Dr Abdul Razak Mohd Ali, former Director General of FRIM; and Mr Sarath Fernando, Conservator General of Forests, Sri Lanka – have made the task of even sustaining APAFRI more challenging than ever, as APAFRI had experienced tremendous growth during their terms as Chairman of the APAFRI Executive Committee over the past nine years.

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No. 23 : June 2009
Message from the Chairman:

Without realizing it, the current Executive Committee, which I was elected to chair on 31 July 2006, is coming to the end of its three-year term. The next General Assembly, the fifth since APAFRI’s establishment in 1995, will need to be convened this year, to elect the Executive Committee to administer APAFRI for the next three years. The Secretariat has started the process, since mid last year, to organize this once-in-three-year event. In order to attract better attendance to reach the required quorum, the General Assembly is typically held together with an international or regional event.

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No. 22 : December 2008
Message from the Chairman:

The year 2008 must be one of the most eventful years for the Asia-Pacific region. A growing number of natural disasters had caused huge damages to the region. Some of these were deadly devastating, such as the Nargis cyclone which hit Myanmar in early May; and the severe earthquakes of Sichuan Province, China. There were also a number of human-induced ones like the bombings in Mumbai, India; and the political unrests in countries such as China, the Philippines and Thailand. The later was so serious that the International Airport of Bangkok was seized by the demonstrators and shut down completely for several days, disrupting many activities in the region, including one workshop organized by APAFRI.

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No. 21 : June 2008
Message from the Chairman:

Greetings from Colombo! The Asia Pacific Forestry Week in April must be, by far, one of the biggest forestry events, if not the biggest, organized by FAO in this region. The week-long event, in conjunction with the Asia Pacifi c Forestry Commission session meeting, was attended by more than 500 registered participants from all APFC member countries and most of the regional, and many international, organizations related to forestry. APAFRI assisted FAO in the overall organizing of the weeklong event, handled the on-line registration which started a few months earlier, and also in compiling and producing a CD for this event.

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No. 20 : December 2007

Message from the Chairman:

Greetings from Colombo! The year 2007 is coming to an end, and by the time this issue of the APAFRI Newsletter reaches you we would be right into the first quarter of 2008.The year 2007 had been a pretty good year for most of the countries in the region. In many of the countries’ the economy made a rapid recovery and continued to grow steadily throughout the year.

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No. 19 : June 2007
Message from the Chairman:

Greetings from Colombo, SriLanka!How time flies! It is almost a year now since the last General Assembly that has elected me as the Chairman of the Executive Committee of APAFRI. In this message, my second, as the Chairman I am delighted to highlight some APAFRI’s activities and events during the past six months; as wellas those that have been planned for the remaining months of 2007.

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No. 18 : December 2006
Message from the Chairman:

Greetings from Colombo, SriLanka! First of all, allow me to thank all the members who were present atthe Fourth General Assembly that was convened on 31 July in Kuala Lumpur, for electing me to be the Chairman of the APAFRI Executive Committee. This is going to be a very challenging task for me for the next three years. My immediate predecessor, Dr Abdul Razak Mohd Ali,has made the task of even sustaining APAFRI more challenging than ever, as APAFRI had experienced tremendous growth during his two terms as Chairman of the APAFRI Executive Committee.

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No. 17 : June 2006
Message from the Chairman:
A major task and the top priority of the Secretariat this year is the organizing of the Fourth General Assembly, due once in three years. The last General Assembly was convened in Manila on 23 October 2003, so the next one is due this year. A call for proposals from member institutions to host the Fourth APAFRI General Assembly in 2006 had been posted on the APAFRI web site early this year.

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No. 16 : December 2005
Message from the Chairman:
The year 2005 has been yet another milestone year in the short 10-year history of APAFRI. There were many significant events during the year. The events during the first six months of this year had already been reported in the June Issue of APAFRI Brief, I would therefore like to briefly highlight those others which APAFRI has involved in during the rest of 2005 in this year-end message.

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No. 15 : June 2005
Message from the Chairman:
These past six months have been rather hectic for APAFRI. In February, APAFRI, with financial support from the USDA Forest Service, organized a workshop on coconut beetles together with FAO and Nong Lam University in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. This workshop was an activity of the Asia Pacific Forest Invasive Species Network (APFISN), and was its second workshop since its launching during the Twentieth Session of Asia Pacific Forest Commission in Fiji last April.

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No. 14 : December 2004
Message from the Chairman:
How time flies. Another year has slipped by and gone. After the rather hectic 2003, this year is comparatively uneventful. Other than involving in about half-a-dozen meetings and workshops, the Secretariat was busy tidying up the administrative details following the election of the new Executive Committee during the General Assembly in Manila, last year.

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No. 13 : June 2004
Message from the Chairman:
Greetings to all our colleagues in the Asia Pacific region! Once again I take this privilege to pen a few words for the foreword of this edition of our newsletter. Over these last six months or so, I am proud to report that APAFRI has been keeping itself very busy through its various activities. At the recently concluded 20th Asia Pacific Forestry Commission Meeting in Fiji, APAFRI had an opportunity to play a crucial role.

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No. 12 : December 2003

No. 11 : June 2003

No. 10 : December 2002

No. 9 : June 2002

No. 8 : October 2001

No. 7 : June 2000

No. 6 : August 1999

No. 4 : September 1998

No. 3 : June1998

No. 2 : January 1997

 

 

 


 
 
 

 

 

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