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Activities > Eleventh Executive Forest Policy Course 2019


17–27 September 2019
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


In pursuance of the recommendations of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission (APFC), FAO in collaboration with various partner organizations has been organizing the Executive Forest Policy Course since 2007 to strengthen policy analysis and strategic thinking skills in the Asia-Pacific region. To date ten such courses have been held – in Thailand (2007 and 2009), Fiji (2008 and 2014), Viet Nam (2010), China (2011), Bhutan (2013), Myanmar (2015), Indonesia (2016) and Sri Lanka (2017) – involving more than 250 senior forestry professionals and managers from 25 countries. The eleventh course in the series was successfuly held in Malaysia, hosted by APAFRI and the Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM).

Participated by 26 participants from 10 countries, the course was a highly interactive learning programme of lectures, debates, dialogues, role-playing sessions, panel discussions and drafting of policy briefs. The seven modules of the course addressed key issues confronting forests and forestry in the Asia-Pacific region with an emphasis on how they will shape the future. Particular thrust was given to sharing participants’ experiences and analyzing case studies.

The Modules
1. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and forests
2. Drivers of change and future scenarios for forests, landscapes and people
3. Environmental issues – climate change, natural disasters and provision of ecosystem services
4. Forest governance for a sustainable future
5. Science and technology for the future
6. Communication and presentation skills for a changing world
7. Preparation of effective policy briefs


The course had included two field trips to further provide an opportunity to learn what is really happening on the ground and how forestry is adapting to changing field realities. The first was a two-day field trip to Taiping Lake Garden and Taiping Botanical Garden on Saturday, 21 September. Established in 1880, the Taiping Lake Garden is one of the oldest garden in Malaysia. The huge lake was formerly a tin mine but was since transformed into a beautiful and well maintained park where flowers, birds, insects, animals and lush greenery thrive. One particular attraction is the huge rain trees by the side of the lake. Visitors could notice the branches that stretch across the road and dipping into the water of the lake.

It was followed by a visit to Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve on Sunday, 22 September which is recognized as one of the world’s best managed mangrove forests. The 40,537.6 ha Matang Mangrove Forest was gazetted as a Permanent Reserved Forest (PRF) in 1902. It has 19 forest reserves with 108 compartments distributed in 3 ranges. About 75% of the total area is allotted for production while the remaining is for protection and others. In 1904, the first Management Plan was introduced with a Working Plan that had been revised in every 10 years. At present, the Matang Mangroves is on their 9th of the10-year Working Plan (2010-2019). Matang Mangroves adopts 30-year rotation with 2 commercial thinning for production of poles and charcoals.

The second field trip was a day-trip to visit the Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) at Kepong, Selangor.

Updated on 3 October 2019

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