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Asia-Pacific Forest Invasive Species Network (APFISN)

The office of the Asia-Pacific Forest Invasive Species Network (APFISN) functions at KFRI. The Network is a cooperative alliance of the 33 member countries in the Asia- Pacific Forestry Commission (APFC) - a statutory body of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The network focuses on inter-country cooperation that helps to detect, prevent, monitor, eradicate and/or control forest invasive species in the Asia-Pacific region.

Forest invasive species (FIS) are plants, animals and micro-organisms that are non-native to a specific forest ecosystem. Their introduction imposes enormous costs in terms of ecological destruction, economic loss or detrimental social effects including human health. Inadvertent introductions of FIS to non-native areas are primarily through international trade and tourism especially during import of goods and food items. Intentional introductions of invasive plants are mainly for forestry, fuel wood and ornamental purposes.

At APFISN we make efforts to:
  • Spread awareness of FIS throughout the Asia-Pacific region
  • Exchange and share information on forest invasive species among member countries
  • Facilitate access to technical expertise, research results and training and education opportunities
  • Strengthen capacities of member countries to conduct research, manage FIS and prevent new incursions
  • Develop strategies for regional cooperation and collaboration in combating threats posed by FIS
The Network is supported by FAO and USDA Forest Service. The Network publishes a bi-monthly newsletter ‘Invasives’ and fact sheets on major invasive weeds and pests, which are intended to share information among the member countries on FIS and the threats they pose.
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