Asia-Pacific Forestry Week got underway Monday in Beijing China.The theme for the
event is New challenges – New opportunities. Over the course of the week delegates
from around the world will engage in discussion on topics including forestry development
strategy, climate change and forestry policy.
As part of the event a new study
by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) was presented Monday which shows
that in the last ten years Asian forest cover has increased thanks to a number of
“There are many countries in the Asia region like China,
the Philippines, Vietnam where the forest area has fortunately recovered in the past
ten, twenty years”, says Eduardo Rojas, FAO Assistant Director General for Forestry
who was present at the launch.
He told Lydia O’Kane that Asia-Pacific Forestry
Week is an important way of highlighting the critical role forests play with regard
to climate change, biodiversity and regulating water flows. The week runs from the
7th to 11th of November. Listen