On 11 – 13 June 2018, under the coordination of EAAFP Strategic Plan Task Force (Martin Spray – Chair, Alison Russell French – Vice Chair, Doug Watkins – Coordinator), around 20 representatives from national governments, international non-governmental partners and the EAAFP Secretariat gathered in the Copthorne King's Hotel, Singapore to develop the EAAFP Strategic Plan for 2019 - 2028. Special appreciation goes to the National Parks Board, Singapore Government for kindly hosting this important workshop. The workshop was intended for EAAFP Partners to engage and develop the new framework and goals for the coming next 10 years.
On the first day of the workshop, Mr. Martin Spray kicked off with an introductory presentation of the workshop and the draft Strategic Planning document which was circulated to the workshop participants for discussion. Afterwards, Mr. Doug Watkins presented the synthesis of the feedback from the survey conducted by the participants before the workshop. The survey provided a quick analysis of the EAAFP in terms of key strengths and weaknesses for improvement. Following the overview session, for next two days, the participants were divided into three groups to discuss the draft Strategic Plan Overview, review proposed Targets/Indicators under each Objective of the Plan.
Day 3 started with a field trip to the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve [EAAF073] while the Task Force was pulling together the outcomes of the workshop in the hotel. In the plenary session, the participants made a final check of the draft and agreed on each objective, targets and indicators to make sure it captured the key information made during the workshop. Shortly after, Dr. Lew Young, Chief Executive of the EAAFP Secretariat, made a presentation to canvass view on a reporting template for MoP10 which will reflect on the new targets/indicators of the Strategic Plan.
The spirit of the workshop for three days was remarkably positive, and the attendance reflected a good mix of government and non-government partners.
The detailed schedule of the next steps and the workshop report will be shared by the Task Force shortly with Partners.