3rd Meeting between AFoCO and Korea-Mekong Forest Cooperation Center

25 Sep 2021

As a follow-up action of the Agreement on Operational Arrangement (AOA) signed on 12 May 2021, the third monthly meeting was arranged between the AFoCO Secretariat and Korea-Mekong Forest Cooperation Center (KMFCC) on 27 September 2021. The meeting was co-organized by the Secretariat and KMFCC, joined by the National Focal Point (NFP) and other relevant project personnel from Viet Nam. The meeting began with an exchange of updates on the COVID-19 situation in Cambodia, Vietnam, and the Republic of Korea, followed by a brief introduction of the participants, and a description of the meeting purpose and the provisional agenda.

The Secretariat briefly updated the AOA signed between the AFoCO Secretariat and the KMFCC, which the KMFCC and NFP of Viet Nam fully agreed and accepted. This was followed by updates through a short presentation on four ongoing projects in Viet Nam::

  • ‘Rehabilitation and Development of Mangrove Forest Ecosystem in Thai Binh Province, Viet Nam’ (AFoCO/006/2014);
  • ‘Improving Pinus caribaea Morelet for Plantation on Degraded Land in Viet Nam’s Northern Mountainous Region’ (AFoCO/013/2020);
  • ‘Research on Forest Enrichment using High Valuable Native Species in Hoa Binh Province, Viet Nam(AFoCO/022/2021);
  • ‘Conservation and development of forest ecosystems biodiversity resources at Cat Tien National Park’ (AFoCO/024/2021).

The project staff who attended the meeting informed the Secretariat that except for a few activities that involved in-person traveling and face-to-face meetings. most of the activities are progressing well despite the difficulties faced during the recent deteriorating COVID-19 situation in Viet Nam. The Viet Nam side also expressed hope that the pandemic situation will improve in the near future so that site visits and in-person stakeholder meetings can be carried out smoothly.

Following a brief presentation by the Secretariat, the meeting discussed projects under development including the regional project on ‘Capacity Building on Enhancing Resilience to Forest Fire and Local Livelihood in CLMV (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Viet Nam) Countries‘, and other potential projects including Landscape Partnership for Asia, AFoCO E-Garden, ASEAN-ROK Garden, and AFoCO Regional Project on NTFP. The Viet Nam side agreed to provide the needed relevant materials through internal meetings of their own for further action and cooperation with the Secretariat.

In the later part of the meeting, the Secretariat, KMFCC, and Viet Nam discussed cooperation activities in 2021-2022 to cope with the COVID-19 situation. The project personnel in charge of each project provided brief explanations and updates on the COVID-19 situation and its impact on each project. Viet Nam anticipates that once the restrictions are lifted in October at the earliest, project staff would be able to conduct delayed activities that involve in-person traveling and face-to-face meetings. The meeting ended with a positive note on the future progress of ongoing projects and promises for further cooperation and support.

Screenshot taken at the virtual AFoCO-KMFCC Meeting

Contributed by Cha Jiyea, Team Assistant

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