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Green Coast participates in FAO workshops

26-Sep-2006

FAO organizes the workshops in the framework of its ‘Forestry programme for early rehabilitation in Asian tsunami affected countries’. The programme is based on the vision that ‘bri...

FAO organizes the workshops in the framework of its ‘Forestry programme for early rehabilitation in Asian tsunami affected countries’. The programme is based on the vision that ‘bringing forests and trees back into the landscape to increase coastal protection and provide forest products and environmental services will help achieve the goal of “building back better”.’ The FAO forestry programme is helping countries to incorporate forestry into their rehabilitation and reconstruction plans.

Post-tsunami rehabilitation
Main objectives of the FAO workshop programme are to disseminate information on key issues and assist coordination amongst agencies and organisations working in post-tsunami rehabilitation.
Participants include government representatives (forestry and land use planning departments) from Asian countries as well as international and regional organizations and NGOs involved in coastal land management, coastal forestry and related research.

Green Coast experiences
In the first workshop, 28–31 August 2006 in Khao Lak, Thailand, relevant Green Coast experiences were presented by Vimukhti Weeratunga (IUCN Sri Lanka) and Sanath Kumaran (Wetlands International Malaysia). Title of the workshop: ‘
Coastal protection in the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami: what role for forests and trees?’ 28-31 August 2006. In organizing this workshop FAO hoped to improve understanding of the role of coastal trees and forests in protecting populations and assets from natural hazards.

Lessons learned

One month later Green Coast project manager Marie-José Vervest and policy officer Cut Desyana (WWF Indonesia) traveled to Bangkok, to participate in the second and third FAO workshops,
26-29 September 2006. On the 26th the central issue was the status of post-tsunami forest rehabilitation: lessons learned, policy and programmes for coastal forest management. Green Coast submitted a paper on which Ms Vervest based her introduction on the topic ‘Green Coast experience of coastal forest rehabilitation towards ecosystem and livelihood sustainability.' On the 28th Ms Desyana introduced Green Coast ideas and experiences on coastal planning and management: ‘Coastal planning development lessons from policy analysis by Green Coast in Aceh.'

Feel free to download the presentation by Vimukhti Weeratunga from the blue-right column of this webpage. The other papers on Green Coast experiences will be available on this website later. For more information on the FAO workshops please visit the FAO Tsunami Reconstruction pages.

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