General Assembly

APAFRI's Constitution

Executive Committee






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The Asia Pacific Association of Forestry Research Institutions (APAFRI) is an independent non-profit body, which aims to enhance research and technology development capabilities in support of conservation and management of forest resources in the Asia-Pacific region.

The establishment of APAFRI was prompted by the need to provide a viable institutional framework for research collaboration in the region. Since 1991, the Forestry Research Support Programme for Asia and the Pacific (FORSPA) has been fulfilling the networking function. APAFRI , a follow-up of FORSPA, is an outcome of the desire of the countries in the region and the donor community to develop a more self-reliant and sustainable mechanism to strengthen research networking. It was launched during the meeting of the Heads of Forestry Research Organizations in the Asia-Pacific held in Bogor, 20-23 February 1995.

APAFRI has been collaborating closely with the IUFRO Special Programme for Development of Capacities (IUFRO-SPDC, formerly called IUFRO Special Programme for Developing Countries) in strengthening research in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Secretariat of the Association was initially based at the FAO Regional Office, Bangkok, Thailand. Following the decision of the First General Assembly of the Association held at Ho Chi Minh City in March 1997, the Secretariat has been shifted to the Faculty of Forestry, University Putra Malaysia(UPM), Selangor, Malaysia. In year 2001, Secretariat was relocated to Forest Research Institute Malaysia , Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

General Assembly

Consists of representatives of member institutions and will meet at least once in three years. The General Assembly is responsible for drawing up the policy of the Association, reviewing the programme of work and the budget prepared by the Executive Committee, as well as monitoring the progress in the attainment of the Association's objectives.

The Sixth General Assembly (2012)

The Seventh General Assembly (2015)

The Eighth General Assembly (2018)

The Ninth General Assembly (2021)

Minutes of the Eighth General Assembly
Minutes of the Seventh General Assembly
Minutes of The Sixth General Assembly
Minutes of The Fifth General Assembly

APAFRI's Constitution

APAFRI's Constitution, as amended on 29 November 2018 at the Eight General Assembly.


Executive Committee

The Executive Committee elected by the General Assembly, consists of a Chairperson, a Vice-Chairperson and ordinary members. The immediate past Chairperson also continues as an ordinary member for another term in the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee is responsible for the management of the Association including preparation of the annual programme of work and budget and formulation of rules and procedures governing the Associations management. The number of ordinary members (beside the Immediate Past Chairperson ) has been increased to six as proposed and endorsed during the Third General Assembly 2003.


Executive Committee (2021-2024)
Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM)
52109 Kepong, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Dr. Ismail Hj. Parlan
Vice Chair
Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute (FFPRI)
Matsunosato 1, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-8687, Japan

Dr. Yoshio Tsuboyama
Immediate Past Chair
National Institute of Forest Science (NIFoS), Republic of Korea
57 Hoegi-ro, Dongdaemun-gu,Seoul 130-712, Republic of Korea

Dr. SoonDuck Kwon(since July 2023)
Dr. Hyungsoon Choi (Photo)

Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI)
Narra St., UPLB Compound,College, Laguna 4031,Philippines

Dr. Romulo T. Aggangan


Kerala Forest Research Institute (KFRI)
Peechi P.O, Thrissur District, Kerala , India. Pin- 680653

Dr. Syam Viswanath

Bioversity International
Regional office for Asia, the Pacific and Oceania, PO Box 236, UPM Post Office,Serdang 43400 Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Riina Jalonen

Institute of Wood Science and Technology (IWST)
P.O. Malleshwaram, Bengaluru-560 003, Karnataka, India

Dr MP Singh / Dr Manoj Kumar Dubey (Photo)
Research Institute of Forestry, Chinese Academy of Forestry (RIF-CAF)
Wan Shou Shan, Beijing 100091

Dr. Zheng Yongqi

Papua New Guinea Forest Research Institute (PNG-FRI)
P.O. Box 314, LAE 411, Morobe Province

Dr. Goodwill Amos/ Dr. Nalish Sam (Photo)

Internal Auditor
Institute of Forest Genetics & Tree Breeding (IFGTB)
P.B. No. 1061, Coimbatore - 641002, Tamil Nadu

Dr. Rekha R. Warrier

Internal Auditor
Asia Forest Institute (AFI), Seoul National University
Institute of Global Social Responsibility, Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea 08826

Dr. HoSang Kang



APAFRI is managed by a Secretariat headed by an Executive Secretary, an Executive Director and supporting staff. The Executive Secretary is responsible for implementing the decisions of the Executive Committee, while the Executive Director is responsible for the operation of the Secretariat in providing support and advice to the Executive Committee and the Executive Secretary. More...


Secretariat Members
Dr. Gan Kee Seng
Email: ganks [at]
Executive Secretary

Dr. Pin Kar Yong
Email: pin [at]
Information Officer

Ms. Syuqiyah Abdul Hamid
Email: syuqiah_apafri
[at]; syuqiyah [at]
Administrative Officer

Ms. Nazratul Raudzah Abd Rahman
E-mail: rauzah_apafri
[at]; rauzah [at]
Administrative Officer
Ms. Norazni Jaafar
Email: azni



Our Vision is to be recognized as a dynamic, strong and self-reliant forestry research association in the Asia-Pacific region which promotes innovative research and development efforts in support of national and regional development.


APAFRI Mission

APAFRI aims to promote and assist in the development of the region's scientific research and development culture and capacity and to foster the establishment of institutional and professional collaboration among the region's forestry researchers. APAFRI's activities support sustainable management and utilization of forest resources at the local, national and regional levels.


APAFRI Secretariat, c/o Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM), 52109 Kepong, Selangor, Malaysia.
Phone: +60-3-6272 2516 Fax:+60-3-6277 3249 Email:

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