RETC’s Mission


The AFoCO Regional Education and Training Center (RETC) represents the project outcome of Component 1 of the Landmark Program. The RETC was established to educate and develop leaders to practice good governance in the forestry sector; provide practical and problem-solving oriented education programs to improve and promote sustainable forest management; enhance knowledge and practices to promote sustainable livelihoods for forest-dependent communities, and; serve as a hub for meaningful discourses and the implementation of customized forest restoration and rehabilitation models in Asia.

To date, more than 2000 trainees have benefitted from the training courses implemented under the Landmark Program. In the coming years, the AFoCO RETC will function as an important platform for international cooperation in the forestry sector and empower member countries to deal with pressing regional forestry issues and achieve shared global and regional forestry objectives through joint efforts.

Core Training Areas

Regular courses aimed at enhancing knowledge and understanding of forest management and enhancing access to advanced technologies are organized every year. In line with AFoCO’s Strategic Priorities, the AFoCO RETC runs regular training courses based on three core training topics:

  • Forest Rehabilitation & Reforestation
    Seed harvesting, seed storage & supply, nursery management, tree plantation, community participation, food security & gender issues
  • Forest Fire Management
    International trends, fire safety & behavior, fire prevention & suppression, fire inspection, fire information systems, drone technology
  • Community-based Forest Management
    Economical accounting, forest assessment & monitoring, forest resources management, forest-related enterprise development

Types of Training Courses

AFoCO is committed to building capacity in the region to strengthen efforts in dealing with pressing forestry and environmental issues such as climate change. In addition to regular courses, the RETC also offers customized courses as well as community courses to cater to policymakers, technical-level officials, researchers, university students, local communities and the general public.