RAFT STORIES - Asia Pacific Rainforest Summit 2016

Showcasing Regional Partnerships


As a partnership of 7 organizations working on the ground in 5 countries, one of the things that sets RAFT apart is our ability to present a truly regional perspective, in a region that, with 60% of the world’s population and some of the highest rates of deforestation and forest degradation in the world, will be critical in delivering on global goals to mitigate climate change and develop the planet sustainably.

This enables us to add a lot of value when we come together for events like the Asia Pacific Rainforest Summit, that seek to address issues and identify ways forward for the region as a whole.

 This is why were very pleased to have the opportunity to work with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), one of the organizing partners of the Summit, to host a ‘Meet the Press’ event to introduce the RAFT partnership to journalists from the region on the eve of the Summit in Brunei.

 RAFT Partners The Nature Conservancy (TNC), RECOFTC-The Center for People and Forests, and WWF shared stories from our work in Indonesia, Lao PDR and Vietnam.


Read more about all of the stories here:

1. Logging Carbon by Trailing Loggers (Indonesia)

Weblink: http://www.responsibleasia.org/library/readpdf/27

2. Two More Companies Commit to Environmental and Social Responsibility (Vietnam)

Weblink:  http://www.responsibleasia.org/library/readpdf/24

3. Ngia Phat Brings Sustainable Furniture to Consumers (Vietnam)

Weblink: http://www.responsibleasia.org/library/readpdf/25

4. A Family’s Wealth  (Lao PDR)

Weblink: http://www.responsibleasia.org/library/readpdf/26

RAFT was proud to represent the region and our work at the Summit through the combination of organizations and individuals present on behalf of the partnership.

Coming together at events like this allows us not only to advance our work through networking and information sharing with key forestry and timber trade players, but to have a stronger voice and a bigger impact in promoting solutions for the issues we care about in this region.


See and hear more from RAFT partners about the importance of events like the Asia Pacific Rainforest Summit and the value of being in a partnership like RAFT.

Jack Hurd, Conservation Director, Asia Pacific, The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Tint Lwin Thaung, Executive Director, RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests

Le Thien Duc, Program Coordinator GFTN and National Forest Projects, WWF Vietnam

Hiromitsu Samejima, Policy Researcher, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)