Jakarta, 19 January 2011

Excellency Ambassador Heinz Walker-Nederkoorn, Swiss Ambassador for ASEAN,

Distinguished ASEAN Social Forestry Network (ASFN) Chairman,

Dr. Juergen Blaser, Mission Leader, ASFN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change,

Dr. Yurdi Yasmi, Manager for Capacity Building of RECOFTC,

ASFN Secretariat,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

A Very Good Morning,

1. First of all please allow me to warmly welcome all of you to the ASEAN Secretariat, it is great privilege for all of us to be able to host the debriefing Meeting on the progress of ASEAN Social Forestry Network (ASFN) Planning Mission in the beginning of the year 2011. I am pleased to learn and congratulate to all of you for the success of planning mission and for the concrete output which I believe will be shared to us soon.

2. I am delighted to be here and greet ASEAN Colleagues and International Partner Organizations for being able to continue support the dialogue on Social Forestry, in particular on its role to the adaptation and mitigation of climate change in the region.

Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

3. As we may be aware that ASEAN is now moving toward the ASEAN Community Building, “One Vision – One Community – One Caring Society”. I would like to recall on significant development at the 14th ASEAN Summit held in Thailand. Our Leaders have agreed and endorsed the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Blueprint and ASEAN Political Security Blueprint following the AEC Blueprint which was endorsed at the 13th ASEAN Summit in Singapore. Those Blueprints now become the guidance and reference to pursue ASEAN Community Building process in 2015. This of course will need many efforts and challenges. Despite of challenges many opportunities are also coming and a lot of target needs to be achieved. I am happy to inform that at the moment more and more international partners are willing to engage with ASEAN. It is very much timely indeed to support ASEAN in building the community.

4. It is important to note that, in pursuing the initiatives with development of program activities and its implementation for enhancing the contribution of social forestry in climate change mitigation and adaptation, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Center for People and Forest (RECOFTC) and Center for International Forest Research (CIFOR) have been very actively support the ASFN. It is also important to note that ASFN has developed synergy with the broader framework on ASEAN Multisectoral Framework on Climate Change: Agriculture and Forestry towards Food Security, that was concluded by the 31st Meeting of the ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF) on 10 November 2009 in Bandar Seri Begawan, with overall goal to contribute to food security through sustainable, efficient and effective use of land, forest, water and aquatic resources by minimizing the risks and impacts of and the contributions to climate change. I noted that the initiative is also very much inline with the guidance made by the ASEAN Leaders on Joint Response to Climate Change on 9 April 2010 in Ha Noi.

Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

5. As we all know, Climate Change is now becoming one of the hot issue in ASEAN Cooperation in Forestry. However I would like to remind all of us that Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) related issues are still important and I learnt that social aspect is indispensable in SFM and climate change adaptation and mitigation. You may recall that beside environment/ecological and economy issues, social issue is one of pillars in SFM. I think through the ASFN, AMS can identify and exchange knowledge and information on how to promote forest management involving the community living in and surrounding the forest for sustainability of the forest and prosperity of the people, and explore the role of social forestry in adaptation and mitigation of climate change.

Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

6. I believe that more issues on social forestry dialogue will come up in the upcoming years and I am optimistic that with good partnership with international partners thus far, we will have significant achievements in coming years. In this regards, please allow me to sincerely thank Swiss Government, and SDC for their generous and funding support. I would also thank RECOFTC and NTFP-EP for their cooperation, expertise and support to ASFN. Last but not least on behalf of AMSs and ASEAN Secretariat I would like to thank to ASFN Secretariat and Government of Indonesia to successfully host the ASFN.

Thank you very much.