'Global Significance of Teak – Present and Future', TEAKNET Partner Event at Asia Pacific Forestry Week 2016, 22-26 February, Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga, Philippines

The International Teak Information Network (TEAKNET) in association with Teakwood Working Party of International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) Div 5.06.02 and FAO of the United Nations jointly organized a Partner Event, “Global Significance of Teak: Present and Future” on 24th February 2016 during the Asia Pacific Forestry Week, 22-26 February at Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga, Philippines. The Partner Event was organized under Stream 1: Pathways to Prosperity: Future Trade and Markets of the APFW 2016. TEAKNET also set up an Exhibition booth in the conference venue that attracted large number of participants of Forestry Week.


Experts from the Asia Pacific region and from overseas converged at Widus Hotel on 24 February, to discuss the way forward in promoting Teak (Tectona grandis) as one of the major high-value tropical timber species. Due to a significant decrease of log supply from natural teak forests reported from Myanmar, caused by overexploitation and land conversion to agriculture, coupled with high demand, interest and investments in establishing and managing teak plantations in many tropical countries has notably increased. Against this background a Global Teak Support Programme is currently being designed by IUFRO, TEAKNET and FAO with the objectives to conserve the existing natural teak resources for future genetic breeding programmes and planted teak for sustainable management was presented by Dr. Michael Kleine from IUFRO headquarters, Vienna. The Session was attended by over 25 participants and five papers were presented.


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Presentations of the Partner Event


Global Teak Support Programme

Michael Kleine, Dy. Executive Director, IUFRO HQ, Austria


Rationale for Clonal Teak Plantations

Doreen Goh, Managing Director, YSG Biotech, Malaysia


Teak Resources for a Sustainable Future

P.K. Thulasidas , Coordinator, TEAKNET, India


Teak Trade and Market – ITTO’s Perspective

Li Qiang, Systems/Market Analyst, Trade and Industry Division, ITTO, Japan


TEAKNET:An International Teak Information Network

Sreelakshmy. M.P, Coordinator PR & Communications, TEAKNET, India

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TEAKNET Partner Event in the 4th ICPF 2018


TEAKNET Partner Event in the

4th International Congress on Planted Forests

23-27 October 2018, Beijing, China


TEAKNET and IUFRO Teakwood Working Party (Div 5.06.02) with the support of FAO the United Nations Regional Office for Asia Pacific (FAO RAP), Bangkok successfully organised a Partner Event on Teak Mainstreaming High Quality Timber Production from Planted Teak Forests and Efforts for Conservation of Teak Genetic Resources” on the occasion of FAO’s 4th International Congress on Planted Forests 2018 at China National Convention Centre on 23 October 2018, Beijing. The Executive Director of IUFRO, Dr. Alexander Buck delivered a felicitation address and briefed about IUFRO, the world leader of global network of forest science cooperation and touched upon the teak related activities under the teakwood working party since almost a decade. 

Delegates from Asia Pacific, South America, Europe and Africa attended the session. Participants from 20 countries deliberated over a wide range of topics on various issues of teak cultivation, conservation of genetic resources, forest landscape restoration, marketing and trade. Dr. Benjamin Caldwell (FAO-Rome), Mr. Kenichi Shono (FAO RAP- Bangkok) chaired the Sessions and Dr. Tetra Yanuaridi (ITTO – Japan) lead the panel discussion that followed. 


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