The Asian Forest Cooperation Organization (AFoCO) was established to strengthen regional forest cooperation by transforming proven technology and policies into concrete actions in the context of sustainable forest management to address the impact of climate change.
Together with our member countries, AFoCO promotes and undertakes action-oriented forest cooperation programs in Asia on sustainable forest management, biodiversity conservation, maintenance and enhancement of ecosystem services, as well as reforestation and forest rehabilitation; climate change mitigation and adaptation activities and supporting REDD+ initiatives; and the reduction of deforestation, forest degradation, desertification, and land degradation, and mitigation of the impacts of forest-related disasters.
AFoCO also focuses on building the capacities of stakeholders through research and development, sharing of experiences, and the transfer of technology, as well as education and exchange programs; and forging partnerships between the Parties and with other entities to carry out cooperative activities by building upon the current initiatives of other forest-related international agreements and organizations.
The Agreement on the Establishment of the Asian Forest Cooperation Organization was adopted on 22 September 2015 in Seoul and entered into force on 27 April 2018 in accordance with Paragraph 1 of Article 19 of the Agreement. The dates of signing and deposit of instruments by Parties are listed here.