ASEAN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change

ASEAN member states have adopted a framework strategy to address climate change and food security for the Southeast Asian Region up to 2020. SDC’s intervention - conducted in close collaboration with GIZ - supports the implementation of the strategy. Through focusing on the participation of local people and communities to conserve, manage and benefit from forest goods and services, an important contribution can be made to address poverty alleviation and climate change at local, national and regional levels.

Región/País Tema Período Presupuesto
Cambio climático y medio ambiente
Política de reforestación
Environmental policy
Protección de la biosfera
01.01.2014 - 31.07.2017
CHF 5'600'000

Southeast Asia is one of the world’s most vulnerable regions to climate change and environmental degradation due to high population growth, growth in consumption and economic activities in coastal and mountain areas. More than 100 million poor people in the region heavily rely on the forests that cover about 50% of the total land area. Deforestation in ASEAN countries significantly contributes to greenhouse gas emissions, but forests also help to mitigate global warming and contribute to reduce vulnerability of the rural poor.


Contribute to food security through sustainable, efficient and effective use of land, forest, water and aquatic resources by minimizing the risks and impacts of, and the contributions to climate change. The project addresses two specific objectives:

  1. Social forestry approaches integrated into the climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies of ASEAN and its member states;
  2. Socio-economic benefits derived from the inclusion of communities, women and vulnerable groups in forestry and climate change adaptation and mitigation measures.
Grupos destinarios

Forestry and climate change officials and decision makers in ASEAN member countries. Also targeted are ASEAN citizens, particularly poor people living in and around forests in mountainous and coastal zones.

Efectos a medio plazo

Three main objectives are formulated for the phase:

  1. A coordinated social forestry framework integrated into ASEAN and in climate change strategies of member states;
  2. Effective knowledge sharing and networking on the role of social forestry in climate change
  3. Assessing and applying adaptation strategies and best practices from selected communities and upscale them throughout the region.

Resultados de las fases anteriores:  

SDC has been supporting social forestry concepts for more than three decades in East and Southeast Asia by fostering capacity building and research. Phase I of the ASEAN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC) has established a functional network to bring these results to the policy level. The role of the people depending on forests in addressing climate change has meanwhile been widely recognized. Up-scaling the social forestry/climate change nexus to a higher policy level is an important next step now to secure sustainable development in ASEAN States.

Dirección / Officina Federal responsable COSUDE
Crédito Cooperación al desarrollo
Contrapartes del proyecto Contraparte del contrato
Institución académica y de investigación extranjera
ONG internacional o extranjera
Otra organización internacional
Sector privado
Organización suiza sin fines de lucro
  • Association of Southeast Asian Nations ASEAN
  • Grupo Consultivo sobre Investigación Agrícola Internacional
  • HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation
  • Sector privado extranjero Sur/Este
  • ASEAN Social Forestry Network Secretariat and regional partner organisations: the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR); the Centre for People and Forests (RECOFTC); the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF); the Non-Timber Forest Product Extension Programme (NTFP-EP) and Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA).

Presupuesto Fase en curso Presupuesto suizo CHF   5'600'000 Presupuesto actual suizo ya emitido CHF   5'436'974
Fases del proyecto Fase 3 01.03.2017 - 31.12.2020   (Fase en curso)

Fase 2 01.01.2014 - 31.07.2017   (Active)

Fase 1 01.04.2010 - 30.06.2014   (Active)