FAO and Forest Departments of various countries have since long been involved in providing livelihood opportunities to forest dwellers and rural households through some direct intervention and also through research and development initiatives. But it is strongly felt that there are many grey areas where still a lot is needed to be done. Further, many good things are happening around the globe in the field of Forests resources particularly NWFP management related issues. There are plenty of success stories regarding sustainable livelihood through Forest resource utilization. V Sivaram Research Foundation and Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) will be organizing the Symposium which provides platform and opportunity for researchers, policy makers, managers, professionals from different private sectors in Asia and other regions of the world to exchange and share methodologies, approaches, information on products, market and lessons learn from Forest resource conservation and development initiatives.

Forests are essential for human survival and well being. They harbour two thirds of all terrestrial animal and plant species. They provide us with food, oxygen, shelter, recreation, and spiritual sustenance, and they are the source for over 5,000 commercially traded products, ranging from pharmaceuticals to timber and clothing. The biodiversity of forests the variety of genes, species, and forest ecosystems underpins these goods and services, and is the basis for long term forest health and stability. Promoting strategies and ways to use forest biodiversity in a sustainable way, and with clear social and economic benefits for the poor, is the purpose of scheduled meeting.

Technical Sessions:

1. Forests for Sustainable Livelihoods and human well being

2. Wildlife Management, Environmental Education and Ecotourism

3. Forest Biomass and Bioenergy

4. Forest Products as Food and Medicine

5. Forest Conservation strategies and Afforestation programmes