The 2016 Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit was held from 3-5 August in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam.

It brought together stakeholders from government, business, civil society and the research community to catalyze practical action on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and achieving sustainable development in the region.

Rainforests in the Asia-Pacific account for 26 percent of the region’s land area, and support the livelihoods of around 450 million people. They contain a wealth of natural heritage and biodiversity, and are a critical engine for economic growth.

Building on global commitments made under the Paris Agreement and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and regional commitments made at the inaugural Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit held in Sydney in 2014, the three-day gathering promoted sustainable management of forests and landscapes in the reigon as a key factor for mitigating climate change and driving development.

The 2016 Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit was hosted by the Government of Brunei Darussalam and supported by the Australian Government.

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HE Bounkham Vorachit

Vice Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Lao PDR

Patrick Durst

Senior Forestry Officer for Asia and the Pacific, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Jack Hurd

Conservation Director, Asia-Pacific Region, The Nature Conservancy

Kushla Munro

Assistant Secretary, Department of the Environment, Government of Australia

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