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ASOCON an Overview
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Friday, 18 December 2009 02:29

The Asia Soil Conservation Network for the Humid Tropics (ASOCON)

F. J. DENT *


The Asia Soil Conservation Network for the Humid Tropics (ASOCON) was formed with UNDP/FAO support in 1989 and became a quasi-legal entity in June 1993. The network structure consists of a coordinating unit at the Ministry of Forestry ( MOF ), Jakarta, and National Coordinating Committees established by each member country (China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam). National Coordinators form the Network Consultative Board (NCB) which serves as both the steering committee and the policy-forming body. The network aims to assist its member countries through a programme of information exchange, regional workshops, expert consultations and learning activities to enhance the skills and expertise of those responsible for the development and dissemination of soil and water conservation practices for small-scale farmers. The ultimate objective is to help small-scale farmers use their land sustainably and productively.

 

ASOCON regional activities have included workshops on new approaches to in-service training for soil and water conservation and indigenous conservation farming systems, Regional Action Learning Programmes on the development of conservation farming systems and conservation project design, and a review of distance education programmes on soil and water conservation in ASOCON countries. ASOCON also assisted FAO in the development of the scheme for the Conservation of Lands in Asia and the Pacific (CLASP) to provide a means by which countries of the region can develop their own programmes to fight land degradation. To foster information exchange on soil and water conservation the network newsletter CONTOUR, first published in 1989, is issued on a regular basis.

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