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APAFRI's Constitution

Executive Committee






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The Asia Pacific Association of Forestry Research Institutions (APAFRI) is an independent non-profit body, which aims to enhance research and technology development capabilities in support of conservation and management of forest resources in the Asia-Pacific region.

The establishment of APAFRI was prompted by the need to provide a viable institutional framework for research collaboration in the region. Since 1991, the Forestry Research Support Programme for Asia and the Pacific (FORSPA) has been fulfilling the networking function. APAFRI , a follow-up of FORSPA, is an outcome of the desire of the countries in the region and the donor community to develop a more self-reliant and sustainable mechanism to strengthen research networking. It was launched during the meeting of the Heads of Forestry Research Organizations in the Asia-Pacific held in Bogor, 20-23 February 1995.

The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) has recognised APAFRI as its Asia-Pacific chapter. APAFRI has been collaborating closely with the IUFRO Special Programme for Developing Countries (SPDC) in strengthening research in the Asia-Pacific region, and APAFRI's Executive Director has been coopted as regional coordinator of IUFRO-SPDC.

The Secretariat of the Association was initially based at the FAO Regional Office, Bangkok, Thailand. Following the decision of the First General Assembly of the Association held at Ho Chi Minh City in March 1997, the Secretariat has been shifted to the Faculty of Forestry, University Putra Malaysia(UPM), Selangor, Malaysia. In year 2001, Secretariat was relocated to Forest Research Institute Malaysia , Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

General Assembly

Consists of representatives of member institutions and will meet at least once in three years. The General Assembly is responsible for drawing up the policy of the Association, reviewing the programme of work and the budget prepared by the Executive Committee, as well as monitoring the progress in the attainment of the Association's objectives.

A total of 26 member institutions sent their representatives to the APAFRI 6th General Assembly on 31 August 2012 in Guangzhou. The event was hosted by the Research Institute of Tropical Forestry, and those attended the APAFRI General Assembly were also invited to the Institute’s 50th Anniversary Celebration the following day.

Minutes of The Sixth General Assembly
Minutes of The Fifth General Assembly


APAFRI's Constitution

APAFRI's Constitution, as amended on 4 October 2009 at the Fifth General Assembly.


Executive Committee

The Executive Committee elected by the General Assembly, consists of a Chairperson, a Vice-Chairperson and ordinary members. The immediate past Chairperson also continues as an ordinary member for another term in the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee is responsible for the management of the Association including preparation of the annual programme of work and budget and formulation of rules and procedures governing the Associations management. The number of ordinary members (beside the Immediate Past Chairperson ) has been increased to six as proposed and endorsed during the Third General Assembly 2003.


Executive Committee (2012-2015)
Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM)
52109 Kepong, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Dato' Dr. Abd Latif Mohmod
Director General

Tel :603-62797008 Fax :603-62804624
Vice Chairman

Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE)
P.O.New Fores Dehradun-248006(Uttarakhand),India

Dr Vinod Kumar Bahuguna
Director General

Tel: 91-135-2224333/855 Fax: 91-135-2755353


Korea Forest Research Institute (KFRI)
Division of Wood Engineering,57 Hoigiro Dongdaemungu,Seoul Korea 130-712

Dr Park Jung-Hwan

Tel: 82-2-961-2705 Fax: 82-2-961-2779

Department of Forestry, Fiji
Ministry of Fisheries & Forests, P.O.Box 2218, Govt Blogs,Takayawa Building, Toorak, Suva, Fiji

Mr. Eliki Senivasa Sigarugurugu

Tel: 679-33-01611 Fax: 679-33-18692


University Putra Malaysia
Faculty of Forestry,43400 UPM Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Prof. Faridah Hanum Ibrahim

Tel: 6-03-89467171/89213110 Fax: 6-03-89432514

Indian Plywood Industries Research and Training Institute (IPIRTI)
P.Box 2273, Tumkur Road, Bangalore-560022, India

Dr. Chhabi Nath Pandey

Tel:91-80-28394341 Fax:91-80-28396361


Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB)
College, Laguna, Philippines

Dr Aida Lapis
Senior Researcher

Tel:63-49-536-2269 loc 211 Fax:63-49-536-2850

Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute (FFPRI)
1 Matsunosato, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-8687, Japan

Dr. Isamu Okochi

Tel:81-29-829-8102 Fax:81-29-873-3795

Internal Auditor
Research Institute of Tropical Forestry (RITF)
Chinese Academy of Forestry, Longdong, Guangzhou 510520, China

Dr. Xu Daping

Tel:86 20 87033463 Fax:86 20 87031622

Internal Auditor
Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI)
Department of Science And Technology (DOST),Narra Street, Forestry Campus, 4031 College, Laguna, Philippines

Dr. Romulo Aggangan

Tel:63-495-367413 Fax:63-495-363630;




APAFRI is managed by a Secretariat headed by an Executive Secretary, an Executive Director and supporting staff. The Executive Secretary is responsible for implementing the decisions of the Executive Committee, while the Executive Director is responsible for the operation of the Secretariat in providing support and advice to the Executive Committee and the Executive Secretary. More...


Secretariat Members
Executive Secretary

Dr. Sim Heok-Choh
Information Officer

Ms. Syuqiyah Abdul Hamid
Administrative Officer

Ms. Nazratul Raudzah Abd Rahman
Administrative Officer
Ms. Norazni Jaafar



Our Vision is to be recognized as a dynamic, strong and self-reliant forestry research association in the Asia-Pacific region which promotes innovative research and development efforts in support of national and regional development.


APAFRI Mission

APAFRI aims to promote and assist in the development of the region's scientific research and development culture and capacity and to foster the establishment of institutional and professional collaboration among the region's forestry researchers. APAFRI's activities support sustainable management and utilization of forest resources at the local, national and regional levels.


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