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Report of an expert consultation workshop on Sustainable Land Management (SLM) Regional Action Programme Formulation to Respond to Climate change in Synergy with the three Rio Conventions PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 19 February 2014 09:27

File: Report of an expert consultation workshop on Sustainable Land Management (SLM)  Regional Action Programme Formulation to Respond to  Climate change in Synergy with the three Rio Conventions

 
MINUTES OF THE 14TH NETWORK CONSULTATIVE BOARD MEETING March 27, 2012, First Pacific Leadership Academy, Antipolo City, Philippines PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 03 July 2012 04:45

ATTENDANCE:

 

Dr. Yuji Niino - FAO

Dr. A. Rahman B. Abu Bakar - Malaysia

Dr. Syaiful Anwar - Indonesia

Dr. Prak Cheattho - Cambodia

Engr. Samuel Contreras - Philippines

Mr. Francis Daink - Papua New Guinea

Ms. Karma Dorji - Bhutan

Dr. Jose Nestor Garcia - Philippines

Dr. Pham Quang Ha - Vietnam

Dr. Rodolfo Ilao - Philippines

Dr. Sudibya Kanti Khisa - Bangladesh

Dr. Romeo Labios - Philippines

Dr. Sovuthy Pheav - Cambodia

Dr. Naik Sinukaban - Indonesia

Dr. Chinapatana Sukvibool - Thailand

Ms. Ying Wang - China

Mr. Victoriano Tagupa - Philippines

Dr. Renato dela Cruz - Philippines

Dr. Nenita dela Cruz - Philippines

 

The meeting started at about 10:00 a.m. with Engr. Samuel M. Contreras (Philippines) and Dr. Yuji Niino (FAO) as moderators. The following discussion points were opened for ASOCON members and other countries representatives to encourage them to provide their comments and suggestions.

  • Strengthen the complementation between ASOCON and WOCAT;
  • Unification of the ASOCON and WOCAT initiatives in the region;
  • Preparation of a program for the unified ASOCON-WOCAT in case the group decided to create another network;
  • Formulation of a financing mechanism for the implementation of the program that would be developed;
  • Ensure sustainability of the ASOCON-WOCAT network

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 September 2012 07:35
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ASOCON holds its 14th Network Consultative Board (NCB) meeting in the Philippines PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 June 2012 01:28

Delegates of the WOCAT-ASOCON Workshop held in Antipolo City, Philippines on March 26 – 28, 2011.
The ASOCON 14th Network Consultative Board (NCB) meeting was also held in conjunction with the workshop.

 

Recognizing the need to review its structure and functions amidst changing natural and socio-political environment, the national coordinators of the Asia Soil Conservation Network for the Humid Tropics (ASOCON) held its 14th Network Consultative Board (NCB) meeting in conjunction with the World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT)-ASOCON workshop in Antipolo City, Philippines on March 26-28, 2012. This three-day event was a collaborative effort of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM), and the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) to harmonize regional initiatives on sustainable soil and water resources conservation and management.

The holding of the workshop and the 14th NCB meeting was very timely as ASOCON is now facing a new task of revitalizing itself to better respond to new challenges brought about by the alarming rate of land and watershed degradation, climate change, biodiversity loss, and changes in leadership among member countries and funding constraints. The current ASOCON’s network structure consists of a Coordinating Unit (CU) and national coordinating committees of member countries (China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam). Each country has a National Coordinator who serves as the ASOCON Focal Point in his/her country and responsible for the implementation of ASOCON activities at the national level. National coordinators form the NCB which is considered as the steering committee and policy-making body of ASOCON.

As one of the important highlights of the 14th NCB meeting, member-countries signed a resolution to renew its commitment by reviewing and revising the Joint Memorandum of Understanding including the network’s membership, structure and functions. They also agreed to expand their membership to include countries not within the humid tropics zone of Asia such as but not limited to Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, India and Nepal. Furthermore, to harmonize ASOCON and WOCAT initiatives within the region, ASOCON members agreed to utilize the WOCAT standardized methodology and tools for documentation, monitoring and evaluation of sustainable land management (SLM) practices in the region.

ASOCON members also decided that after 23 years, the time has come to transfer the CU from Jakarta, Indonesia to Manila, Philippines with the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) as the host agency. ASOCON National Coordinator and Director of BSWM, Dr. Silvino Q. Tejada, accepted this new role with high hopes that the Philippines could be equally effective as Indonesia in coordinating the programs and activities of the network. The transition stage sets in with the transfer of the management of ASOCON website from Indonesia’s Ministry of Forestry to BSWM.

The WOCAT-ASOCON workshop was held back-to-back with the Philippine Land Degradation Assessment (LADA) project workshop, and so ASOCON members also attended a joint session on Philippine LADA project updates that initially focused on the preparation of land use system map in the Philippines. They also presented and shared their respective country report on the status of land degradation, interventions made, and success stories on soil and water conservation. A field visit of existing Soil and Water conservation Guided Farm Project was also organized for the participants to appreciate the efforts of the Philippines to promote SLM.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 August 2012 01:55
 
MINUTES OF THE 13TH NCB ASOCON MEETING PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 23 December 2010 09:09

21 – 23 October 2008, Bogor - Indonesia

Minute 1

The 13th Network Consultative Board welcomed Dr. Silver Hutabarat the new RC replacing Dr. Harry Santoso. The Board also welcomed Mr. Yuji Niino, the new Representative of FAO RAP, Bangkok, in the NCB meeting; Prof. Lu Shunguang - Deputy Director Monitoring Center for Soil and Water Conservation, Dept. of Water and Soil Conservation, Ministry of Water Resources China; Prof. Irsal Las, Director of the Indonesian Center for Agriculture Land Resources Research and Development, Ministry of Agriculture, as the new NC for Indonesia; Mr. Mustafa Kamal Baharuddin - Director Soil Management Division, Department of Agriculture- as the new NC for Malaysia replacing Dr. Z. Kamaruzzaman; Engr. Arnulfo B. Gesite represented Dr. Silvino Tejada – Director of Bureau of Soil and Water Management (BSWM) – the new NC for the Philippines replacing Mr. Jose D. Rondal; Mr. Sakda Sukviboon – Head of Soil and Water Conservation Research and Development Section, Land Development Department of Thailand – as the acting NC for Thailand replacing Mr. P. Piyasirananda; Dr. Ho Quang Duc - Vice Director of National Institute for Soils and Fertilizers – as the new NC for Vietnam replacing Mr. Bui Huy Hien. In this NCB meeting Mr. Francis Daink - Deputy Secretary (PATS) Department of Agriculture and Livestock - as the NC for Papua New Guinea replacing Mr. Anton Benjamin, was not able to come.

The Board also welcomed observers from Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar represented by Mr. Prak Cheattho, Mr. Oloth Sengtaheuanghoung and Mr. Kyaw Yee respectively.

It is hoped that the new RC and all the new NCs would continue to maintain and improve the support to strengthen the ASOCON Network as has been carried out by their predecessors.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 June 2012 06:31
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Second Round Table Meeting on Regional Alliance Against Hunger: Networking of Networks PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 18 December 2009 03:46

Bangkok, Thailand

18-19 October 2004

Chairman’s Summary

1. On the occasion of the World Food Day 2004, representatives of the regional technical commissions, bodies and networks from the Asia-Pacific region sponsored by or collaborating with FAO were invited by FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (FAO-RAP) to the second round table discussion on a Regional Alliance Against Hunger (RAAH), specially on the theme of networking of networks. The participants comprising chairperson, vice-chairperson, executive officers or representatives of their respective organizations are listed in the Annex. The Round Table was chaired by Mr. M.A. Abdul Razak. Messrs. Marangattli M. Nampoothiry and Pedro Bueno were elected Vice-Chair.

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