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The DOST-Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) has recently been elected member of the Executive Committee of the Asia Pacific Association of Forestry Research Institutions (APAFRI) from 2021-2024.

The election happened during APAFRI’s 9th General Assembly on 7 December 2021 and attended virtually by 26 institutional members from 16 countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

In a letter, the APAFRI Secretariat noted that with DOST-FPRDI’s “vast experience and knowledge”, the organization will “surely be able to achieve greater success.”

DOST-FPRDI in Los Banos, Laguna

Aside from the Institute, the following form part of the new ExeCom:

Chair:				Forest Research Institute Malaysia
Vice Chair:			Forestry and Forestry Products Research Institute, Japan
Immediate Past Chair:	National Institute of Forest Science (NIFoS), Republic of Korea

Members:				Kerala Forest Research Institute
      					Biodiversity International
      					Indian Plywood Industries Research and Training Institute
      					Research Institute of Forestry, Chinese Academy of Forestry
      					Papua New Guinea Forest Research Institute
      					DOST-Forest Products Research and Development Institute

APAFRI is an independent non-profit group which seeks to upgrade research and technology development capabilities to help conserve and manage forest resources in the Asia-Pacific region.

Launched in 1995, it was an answer to the countries’ and donor agencies’ desire for a sustainable research network among the region’s forestry institutions. ### (Apple Jean C. Martin- de Leon, 21 February 2022)