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Activities > Regional Workshop on Sharing TFRK


Regional Workshop on Sharing Traditional Forest Knowledge
for Ecosystem Services in ASEAN Countries
24–26 March 2014
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

(Download: final report)

Currently, half of the world population lives in urban area, so population size continuously decreasing in rural areas. Urban migration caused by rapid economic developments can affect the cultural and social binding of local community which forms and maintains traditional forest-related knowledge. In this fast changing environment, each community has been confronted with the world-wide common problem of global warming, as well as local level factor of human disturbances.

Most of, if not all, the ecosystem services, can be evaluated at local level. This evaluation process can provide a better understanding of the traditional forest-related knowledge, and facilitate establishing sound and long-term sustainable forest management policies and strategies.

Countries in the Asia Pacific region, especially in the sub-region of Southeast Asia, have very diverse types of forests, which have been providing various different types of ecosystem services. It is a challenge to understand and properly document the ecosystem services at local, regional and global levels.

The Asian Centre for Traditional Forest Knowledge (ACTFOK), currently hosted by Korea Forest Research Institute (KFRI) has suggested a questionnaire incorporating four criteria: subsistence (provisioning) services, environmental (regulating) services, cultural services and conservation (supporting) services, with 25 questions. This questionnaire, while designed for the Korean local communities, could also be used with modifications in other countries, to collect information and data for a better understanding of the traditional forest-related knowledge focusing on ecosystem services in these countries.

The Regional Workshop on Sharing Traditional Forest Knowledge for Ecosystem Services in ASEAN Countries was successfully held at Crystal Crown Hotel, Kepong, Malaysia from 24 to 26 March 2014. The workshop was attended by 14 participants from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Vietnam. During the field trip on the last day, the participants visited Gaharu Tea Valley and Ulu Geroh village at Gopeng, Perak.


Title/ Author

Diachronic Change of Ecosystem Services and its Implication in Gotjawal
(Lava Forests) of Jeju Island, South Korea
ParkChanRyul, KimJiWon and Choi HyeongSoon


Diachronic Change of Ecosystem Services in Mt. Gariwangsan, South Korea
Kim JiWon, ParkChanRyul, KimJeongHeeandOh JeongHak


Agroforest-biodiversity Conservation Kampong in Indonesia
Ervizal A.M. Zuhud, Ellyn K. Damayanti, Agus Hikmat and Siswoyo


Study of Local Knowledge of East Sumba People in Utilizing Natural Dyes
Tuti Herawati and Zuraida


Useful Wild Plants of the Natives in Sabah, Malaysia.
Julius Kulip


Documenting Traditional Forest-Related Knowledge of Medicinal Plants: 
Malaysian Experience
Lim Hin Fui, Norini Haron, Norshakila Yusof, Intan Nurulhani Baharuddin, Nik Musaadah Mustapha, Tan Ai Lee, Nurul Husna Zaidi and Fadzureena Jamaludin


Assessment of Ecosystems Services of a Natural Forest and Man-Made Forest in Laguna Province, Philippines
Antonio M. Daño and Aurora S. Jose


Enhancing the Adaptive Capacity of the Indigenous Peoples by Promoting Sustainable and Community-Based Resin Tapping of Almaciga in Selected Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title Areas in Palawan and Sierra Madre, the Philippines
Arsenio B. Ella and Florena B. Samiano


Assessing Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation in Central Vietnam using watershed and Community Based Approach: Case study in Dong Giang District - Quang Nam Province
Nguyen Kim Loi, Nguyen Van Trai, Hoang Thi Thuy, Nguyen Thi Huyen,Le Hoang Tu, Nguyen Duy Liem, Le Anh Tuan and Suppakorn Chinvanno


Customary Law and Village Convention for Forest Protection and Management in Vietnam
Pham Duc Chien and Bui Trong Thuy


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