Forestry Ministers meet in Seoul at the AFoCO Ministerial Meeting
November 01, 2019
Following the 3rd Session of the Assembly, AFoCO organized the AFoCO Ministerial Meeting on 30 October 2019 in Seoul, Korea. Ministers and high-level officers responsible for forestry in the 14 member countries of AFoCO engaged in discourses on innovative local actions on global targets, exploring opportunities, the future of sustainable capacity development with the AFoCO Regional Education and Training Center, and the way forward for AFoCO Membership.
The Meeting voiced hope that AFoCO will build on the progress made thus far and continue playing an active role in the forestry sector. The Meeting appreciated the leadership of ASEAN Members States and the Republic of Korea in initiating the establishment of AFoCO, a regional platform to strengthen forest cooperation. In achieving the regional and global goals set to address environmental and development challenges, it was recognized that all members of AFoCO has put great efforts and developed innovative approaches in sustainable forest management and forest-based climate change mitigation and adaptation. Noting the important role of AFoCO’s capacity building initiatives in the fulfillment of the national goals and priorities of member countries, the Meeting emphasized the need for joint efforts to promote the RETC as a pioneer institute and center of excellence for forestry in the region. The Meeting reaffirmed that strengthened partnership cooperation among Asian countries is essential in achieving sustainable forest management at the regional level.
The publication entitled ‘Glimpses of the Our Cooperation 2009-2019’ was also presented at this occasion to celebrate the establishment of AFoCO and highlight its key accomplishments and activities.
The AFoCO Ministerial Meeting also witnessed the launching of the six AFoCO projects ready for inception in the coming year. These new projects will be implemented in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Philippines, and Viet Nam.