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Activities >Roles of Research Institute on Forest Plantation and Landscape Restoration in Asia

Roles of Research Institute on Forest Plantation and Landscape Restoration
in Asia
(Session at the 4th International Planted Forest Congress)

23-27 October 2018
Beijing, China



Asia is Earth’s largest and most populous continent, covers an area of 44,579,000㎢, about 30% of Earth's total land area and 8.7% of the Earth's total surface area. The continent, which has long been home to the majority of the human population, was the site of many of the first civilizations. Asia is notable for not only its overall large size and population, but also dense and large settlements, as well as vast barely populated regions. Its 4.5 billion people constitute roughly 60% of the world's population.

Recently, its economy is growing rapidly led by a rising middle class but it faces major policy challenges: inequality, uncertain land tenure, unsustainable land use, a loss of biodiversity, food insecurity and climate change. In addition, agricultural expansion in Southeast Asia threatens the world’s third-largest tropical forest and the many ecosystem services they provide. And unsustainable land-use change including fires in peatland has made the region one of the world’s largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions.

Those deforestation and forest degradation have resulted in both environmental damages of soil erosion, land degradation and biodiversity loss and socio-economic damages of insecure food, water and health, as well as the loss of cultural identity/dignity to the people. In order to mitigate and combat those emerging challenges, especially, public research institutes and universities among various stakeholders have been proceeded significant efforts. Universities and other kinds of publicly funded research institutions constitute important sources of knowledge for innovation activities in forestry and forest related sectors.

Researchers working in publicly funded institutions and universities usually share the knowledge they generate with other researchers via publications or presentations and discussions at the international meetings. And in many cases, public research establishments closely cooperate and create knowledge jointly. However, little is known until currently about cooperation within the forest academic and R/D sectors in Asian regions. To achieve the targets of Sustainable Development Goals, it is underlined to collaborate with many stakeholders including academia, non-government organizations and local community.

To develop the network among forest related institutions (e.g. research institutes, universities, non-government organizations) in Asian region, related organizations were invited and shared their ideas. The aim of this program was the Asia Forest Research Network will be launched in the 15th World Forestry Congress in Seoul, Korea in 2021.


The objectives of this program were:

  • To share and understand the successful experiences, lessons learned, challenges and priorities in forest restoration and sustainable forest management in the Asian regions;
  • To discuss the effective and efficient strategies for forest and landscape restoration and sustainable forest management;
  • To develop the network among forest research institutes, universities and non-government organizations on forest landscape restoration and sustainable forest management.
Title of Presentations

Overview roles of forestry research and development in Lao PDR
Chanhsamone Phongoudome (Lao PDR)
Acacia plantations in Vietnam: Tree breeding and sustainable
Phi Hong Hai (Vietnam)
Research and Development of Forest Plantations and Forest landscape Restoration in Myanmar
Mya Win (Myanmar)
Forest restoration on over-logged area in Cambodia
Chann Sophal (Cambodia)

Activities of the institutes for restoration of forest and landscape in DPR of Korea
Sim Yong Nam ( DPR of Korea)

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