PAFERN Avails Fund Support from the Asia-Pacific Network (APN) for Global Change Research

The PAFERN’s project proposal entitled “Scaling-Up Agroforestry Promotion Towards Climate Change Mitigation in Southeast Asia” was approved for funding by the APN under its CaPABLE Program.

The project revolves around capacity-building, exchange/sharing of knowledge and technical expertise, and public awareness programs aimed at disseminating the potentials of agroforestry in mitigating climate change. The project is a regional collaboration of five country networks of SEANAFE, namely: Indonesian Network for Agroforestry Education (INAFE), Lao Network for Agroforestry Education (LaoNAFE), Vietnam Network for Agroforestry Education (VNAFE), Thailand Network for Agroforestry Education (ThaiNAFE), and PAFERN.

Five major components highlight this one-year project. These include: a) organizational meeting of the Project Facilitating Team (PFT)/country network coordinators who would help facilitate the overall project implementation; b) formation of multisectoral task forces that would serve as conduits to agroforestry promotion and institutionalization in the five participating countries; c) packaging of instructional and information materials on agroforestry for use in public awareness programs; d) Agroforestry Roadshows as information campaign activity for agroforestry promotion in the most strategic location in the five participating countries; and, e) formulation of a policy brief about the potentials of agroforestry in climate change mitigation.

The project is being spearheaded by PAFERN, with Dr. Orlando P. Almoite of the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMMSU), Philippines as the Project Leader. The project commenced in June 2009 and will end on June 2010.