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April 30, 2019

2nd Session of the Assembly

The Second Session of the Assembly of the Asian Forest Cooperation Organization (AFoCO) was held on 24-25 April 2019 in Gyeongju, Republic of Korea. The Meeting was attended by Representatives and delegates from all Parties, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Republic of Korea (ROK), Myanmar, the Philippines, Timor-Leste, and Viet Nam. The delegates from the Observers, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Kazakhstan, and Thailand also attended the meeting. The Assembly welcomed the Philippines as a Party to AFoCO and shared on the other progress of the activities under the AFoCO. The Assembly further approved new projects and decided to hold the high level meeting in October in conjunction with the 3rd Session of the Assembly.

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April 13, 2019

Courtesy Call on Mr. Ban Ki-moon

On 5 April, the Executive Director of AFoCO paid a courtesy call on Mr. Ban Ki-moon, the honorary Chair of the Institute for Global Engagement and Empowerment. They shared the common vision on the importance of forestry on the global level. Mr. Ban Ki-moon noted that forest is an important area that should be used in the efforts of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). He further added that forest definitely plays an important role in terms of tackling diverse environmental problems, including the fine dust, that we face today both in the urban and rural areas.  Appreciating the vision and goals of AFoCO, he hoped AFoCO to continue the efforts taking complementary role among the regional actors in the field. 

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March 15, 2019

Meeting with DG of Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)

On 14 March, Mr. Chencho Norbu, Executive Director had a meeting with Dr. Frank Rijsberman, Director General of the Global Green Growth Institute. It was a productive meeting where they exchanged information on the activities of the two organization. The two organizations looked forward to exploring possible areas of cooperation considering to collaborate taking advantage of the strengths of each organization. Noting on the importance of institutional development and capacity building, both organizations hoped that the mutual cooperation could lead to actual project in the future. 

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March 15, 2019

AFoCO’s 2nd Global Forest Winter Camp

Embarking on a fun and educational trip into the woods AFoCO’s 2nd Global Forest Camp for youths was held from 21-24 February 2019 at the National Center for Forest Activities in Hoengseong. The camp welcomed more than 80 students from multicultural families in Korea. Through a carefully planned program consisting of hands-on activities and interactive lectures, our young participants were able to learn about forests and climate change as well as the diverse cultures and traditions in Asian countries. The camp activities also enabled children to develop their self-esteem, independence, and social skills. The woodcraft and team-building activities also allowed the participants to tap on their creativity and problem-solving skills. Another key activity that the children loved was Winter Forest Trekking! Nature guides introduced the special features of certain tree species and also explained what happens to trees during winter. Participants played games in the snow and got to take home some souvenirs from the forest. Most importantly, they were encouraged to enjoy precious time in nature without their mobile devices — the excessive use of which is emerging as a social issue amongst the younger generation. On the last day, participants were given the opportunity to present their ideas and declarations on how to save forests and contribute towards protecting the environment during the mock AFoCO Assembly session. The Global Summer Camps will be held during the summer vacation in August this year. The 2019 Global Forest Camps are only open to children from multicultural families residing in the Republic of Korea. CLICK HERE to visit our Facebook Page! INFORMATION ON GLOBAL FOREST CAMPS

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March 15, 2019

Signing of MOU with Korea Forest Service

On 19 February, Mr Chencho Norbu, Executive Director of AFoCO and Dr. Kim Jaehyun, MInister of Korea Forest Service join hands by signing an MOU for mutual partnership. AFoCO and KFS reaffirmed their close relations to achieve the very objectives of AFoCO to effectively translate proven technologies and policies on the ground to achieve greener and healthier Asia. This mutual  partnerships will contribute to smooth implementation of the AFoCO Strategic Plan, including the areas of forest restoration and community-based small business development. . Collaboration on promoting peace on the Korean Peninsula will be also explored.

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February 20, 2019

AFoCO runs its 1st Global Forest Winter Camp

A journey of learning and adventure begins Between February 12 to 15, the National Center for Forest Therapy was abuzz with more than 50 youths aged 9-16 who were participating in AFoCO’s 1st Global Forest Camp. The Camp was designed to raise awareness and enhance understanding of the importance of forest and provide opportunities to learn about international forest cooperation by engaging children in a variety of hands-on learning activities that foster creativity and teamwork. AFoCO’s Global Forest Camps also aim to build emotional intelligence in children, and encourage respect for individual differences among people and cultures. One of the key activities was the Asian Cultural Event, which showcased the cultures and traditions of various AFoCO member countries and a traditional costume experience. The most well-received activity was none other than the wood tray making activity! Under the guidance of expert instructors, participants learned how to work together to assemble the parts and pieces and customize their trays with the help of stencils and paints. After several hours of hard work, our young participants were rewarded with beautiful masterpieces. The activity not only developed creativity but also problem-solving and communication skills. The 2019 Global Forest Camps are only open to children from multicultural families residing in the Republic of Korea. CLICK HERE to visit our Facebook Page! INFORMATION ON GLOBAL FOREST CAMPS

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