ASFCC as a partnership initiative that supports the ASEAN Working Group of Social Forestry (AWG-SF) is well embedded in the ASEAN setup. With its strategic position in providing knowledge and recommendations to a large number of social forestry issues, ASFCC has been working towards providing strategic policy issues for ASEAN and member states.
Baseline information on social forestry and climate change for ASEAN region
Getting an overview of the progress of social forestry in the ASEAN region, as well as how social forestry can contribute to climate change adaptation and mitigation, including baseline information, has always been a challenge. However, this information is crucial as a benchmark on initiating the development of social forestry in the region, and assists policy makers and practitioners to make informed decisions.
This report is the third in a series of reports on the status of social forestry and its role in climate change mitigation and adaptation in the ASEAN region. An initial baseline report was published in 2011 providing a regional overview for 2010 (RECOFTC, 2011) and the first situational analysis was published in 2014, presenting the status in 2013 (RECOFTC, 2014a). This analysis report, the second status update, presents the most up-to-date government data available on forests, social forestry and climate change at national and regional levels, and identifies key changes and developments during the last three years. The main focus of the report is the eight ASEAN countries with government-supported social forestry programs; namely, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR), Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam. Singapore and Brunei Darussalam do not have official social forestry programs and are therefore not a major focus of the report, although their forest and climate change data is presented where relevant.