Asia-Pacific Forestry Education Coordination Mechanism (AP-FECM)
Forests in the Asia-Pacific region serve nearly half of the global population. More than five million people work in the forestry sector in this region. However, the region’s forests face mounting challenges, such as a decline in forest cover, loss of biodiversity, damage to forest ecosystems and reduced ecosystem stability and resilience. To address these challenges, an improved and more innovative team of forestry practitioners is critical, and post-secondary forestry education and training will play a key role in creating this team. It will require closer linkages and synergies among forestry institutions and forest-related organizations in our increasingly globalized world.
Initiated by the Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation (APFNet), the Asia Pacific Forestry Education Coordination Mechanism (AP-FECM) (former name: the Forestry College Deans Meeting Mechanism in the Asia-Pacific Region) was proposed during the First Forestry College Deans Meeting in 2010 and formally launched in a second meeting in 2011. Its objective is to develop concrete activities in support of the reform and improvement of forestry education in the region.