Asia Pacific is covered by 740 million hectares of forests, in other words, a size about three-fourths as big as China. This accounts for 18% of global forest cover, with Southeast Asia containing the third largest forests area in the world and scores of rich biodiversity sites.

Climate change, population growth, and increasing demand for food, energy, water and other resources, are changing the ways in which the world sees and values forests. In Asia Pacific, new markets are emerging for forest products and services, with an estimated annual value of trade in primary forest products that exceeds $90 billion.

This trend is creating huge business opportunities for forest companies; yet, the increasing demand for forest resources is also posing serious concerns about deforestation and forest degradation.

From 7-9 May, seven RAFT partner organizations, have attended the Collaborative Training Workshop on Effective Publishing Strategies and Science Communication. The Training was conducted by Dr. Jeffrey Robens, Editorial Development Manager at Nature Research, a part of Springer Nature, the world’s largest publisher of scientific books and journals.

The Workshop’s main aim was to build the capacities of 24 practitioners to collaboratively write and submit scientific articles on the debated topic of certification of sustainable forest management. Effective reading strategies and collaborative writing and publication strategies, were some of the key competencies mastered during the workshop.

This event is part of RAFT’s efforts to maximise its impact in the field by reaching out to a wider audience, including the academic and scientific community, and bridging on the ground knowledge about responsible forest management with academic research.