2021 AFoCO Annual Thematic Dialogue

The 2021 ATD expects to explore and discuss the potential roles of Asia’s forests and the forestry sector in the global action on climate change and how they contribute to a healthy and green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
2021 AFoCO Annual Thematic Dialogue
Date 25 October 2021 (Monday)
Time 13:00 – 18:00 PM (GMT+9, Seoul time)
Venue Hybrid
Registration CLICK HERE (https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3zNPxpcKTDm8tX77cKRs7A)
Participants –        Delegations of Parties and Observers to AFoCO Assembly
–        Other prospective member countries in Asia, including 4 Central Asia countries
–        Partner organizations and potential partner countries beyond the Asian region

The Annual Thematic Dialogue is a dialogue session and platform for forward-looking discussions among AFoCO and its member countries to guide strategic planning processes and programming for the coming years. This activity also aims to harvest the interests of member countries in achieving AFoCO’s regional and global responsibilities and engage diverse stakeholder groups to make AFoCO’s operations relevant to ongoing policy processes and country-specific contexts in the member countries. This will be organized as an annual event with a theme-based discourse on topics that are strategically timely and relevant.

With this year’s theme of “Roles of AFoCO in Unleashing the Full Potential of Forests to Meet Paris Climate Goals and Building Back Better and Greener from COVID-19”, the dialogue expects to explore and discuss the potential roles of Asia’s forests and the forestry sector in the global action on climate change and how they contribute to a healthy and green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The event also intends to collectively identify priority actions, showcase best practices, and facilitate insightful discussions to solicit ideas and future plans.

The targeted participants of the event are delegations of Parties and Observers to AFoCO, representatives from other countries in Asia including Central Asia, as well as partner organizations and potential partners beyond Asia.

2021 AFoCO Annual Thematic Dialogue

  • Opening & Introduction: AFoCO in the Triple Challenges Facing Asia and the Globe
    SpeakerMr. Ricardo Calderon, Executive Director, AFoCO
  • SESSION 1. Roles of AFoCO in unleashing the full potential of forests to meet Paris climate goals and building back better and greener from COVID-19
    Moderator and Lead Author: Dr. Park Mi Sun, Associate Professor, Seoul National UniversityInspirational speeches:

    • “Making Asian forests and trees enhance resilience to climate change”,
      Speaker: Mr. Alexandre MeybeckSenior Technical Advisor, CGIAR, CIFOR
    • “Lessons learned from the impact of COVID-19 on forest – why forests matter in post COVID-19 recovery”,
      Speaker: Dr. Chandra Silori, Deputy Executive Director, RECOFTC, Thailand
  • SESSION 2. Strategic reflections on selective outputs of 2021 Activities
    Moderator: Mr. Chencho Norbu, Technical Advisor for AFoCO

    • “Assessment of AFoCO Project Impact and Best Practices” consultancy
      Speaker: Dr. Jürgen Blaser, Ord. Professor, Bern University of Applied Sciences
    • “Improvement on the Global Forest Goals (GFGs) Implementation: Streamlining forest-related reporting and developing methodologies for measuring performance”
      Speaker: Dr. Lee Yeongjoo, Director, Planning and Budget Division, AFoCO
  • Closing Remarks: Mr. Jin Sunpil, Vice Executive Director, AFoCO

Contact Information

PARK Joowon, Program Officer

Asian Forest Cooperation Organization (AFoCO) is a treaty-based intergovernmental organization aiming to strengthen forest cooperation by transforming proven technologies and policies into concrete actions in the context of sustainable forest management to address the impacts of climate change.

We are headquartered in Seoul, the Republic of Korea, with a subsidiary body, the AFoCO Regional Education and Training Center (RETC), located in Yangon region, Myanmar.

AFoCO Secretariat

8F, Forest Vision Center, 9 Gukhoedaero 62-gil, Yeongdeungpo-gu,
Seoul 07236, Republic of Korea

Tel. +82-2-785-8971
Fax. +82-2-785-8970
Email. contact@afocosec.org

AFoCO Regional Education & Training Center (RETC)

Seed & Seedling Center (SSC) of Forest Department of Myanmar,
Ye-Twin-Kone Village, Hmawbi Township, Yangon Region, Myanmar

Tel. +95-9972578592
Email. afocoretc@afocosec.org