ASEAN Workshop on Social Forestry
Madiun, East Java, Indonesia, 28 - 30 March 2005

Consolidation of the Working Group Discussions

Pursuant to the decision of 7th Meeting of the ASEAN Senior Officials on Forestry (ASOF) on 27-29 May 2004 in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam, it is recommended that an ASEAN Workshop on Social Forestry is organized on the possibility of establishing an ASEAN Social Forestry Network for a regional cooperation among ASEAN Countries.

In principal, participants of the ASEAN Workshop on Social Forestry held on 28-30 March 2005 in Madiun, East Java - Indonesia agreed on the necessity and need for establishment of the ASEAN Social Forestry Network. The Workshop identified that Social Forestry as an integral part of sustainable forest management aims to improve the standard of living and well-being of the local people.

Following this common understanding, participants have identified aspects related with the ASEAN Social Forestry Network:

1. Members

Members of the ASEAN Social Forestry Network should consist of social forestry experts (researchers, academicians), policy makers (government officials), and practitioners on social forestry (Private sector, relevant NGOs, training providers, and representatives of the communities).

2. Justifications

a. responding to different needs of member countries in social forestry development, particularly in capacity building, economic aspects, and exchange of information on social forestry;

b. increasing demand on people participation to improve community welfare and to combat forest degradation and in ASEAN countries;

c. emerging need to share differences and similarities in experiences and knowledge, and programme and policy regarding social forestry and community welfare within ASEAN countries;

d. growing demand in solving multilateral constraints on marketable products and marketing of social forestry products in global market that need stronger position of ASEAN Member Countries (AMCs) to handle the matters together;

e. increasing productivity and optimizing land use among the AMCs and generated sustainable income among local communities.

3. Objectives

a. to develop common understanding and perception regarding SF among AMCs;

b. to identify and strengthen the existing institution involved in social forestry;

c. to share and exchange lessons-learned for policy analysis and development in harmonizing with regional and international policies;

d. to develop market information system and enterprise development as well as database on good practice of SF among AMCs;

e. to facilitate local people within AMCs in exchanging experiences and knowledge in SF;

f. to raise the trust fund;

g. to develop and implement a programme for capacity development that includes social empowerment, research, education and training, and knowledge-sharing.

4. Activities

a. Exploring the available information on poverty mapping in member countries;

b. Developing a concept for international/regional capacity development in the context of social forestry policy processes;

c. Exploring potential of SF model which is practical, suitable and viable for implementation;

d. Developing strategy to raise fund for SF activities or develop project proposal to secure funding;

e. Identifying and funding at least one model forestry project in each member country;

f. Strengthening the capacity of the local communities in the rural areas;

g. Identifying and appointing national focal points, lead agencies and expert members in each ASEAN Member Country;

h. Scoping study to identify, evaluate and upgrade social forestry development in each country;

i. Coordinating and linking with other regional and international networks on social forestry;

j. Assessing, marketing and promoting the social forestry production that includes enterprises development in AMCs;

k. Identifying and involving existing institutions involved in social forestry training on thematic issues, e.g. non-timber forest products (NTFPs);

l. Exploring modalities for social forestry involvement in other forms of sustainable forest management;

m. Facilitating for the rights of access and use in social forestry by local communities.

5. Mechanism

a. To propose the appointment of Indonesia as Lead Country and to be the Secretariat for the ASEAN Social Forestry Network;

b. To have regular meeting at least once in two years and to report to the ASEAN Senior Officials on Forestry (ASOF);

c. To create a mailing list and e-mail discussion group;

d. To develop an operational plan and long-term strategic plan with a time frame;

e. To develop the Terms of Reference (TOR) and Rules of Procedures (ROP) of the Network.

6. Suggested Immediate Steps

a. To select national focal points for the ASEAN Social Forestry Network;

b. The national focal points to meet at the first Meeting of the ASEAN Task Force on Social Forestry to develop a strategic/operational plan for the ASEAN Social Forestry Network;

c. The ASEAN Task Force on Social Forestry to meet in August 2005 (prior to the ASOF Meeting);

d. The exact date and venue for the Task Force Meeting would be consulted among AMCs; Cambodia, as Host for the coming ASOF Meeting in August 2005, is taken into consideration for the proposed venue for this Task Force Meeting.

Madiun, 30 March 2005