2022 AFoCO Annual Thematic Dialogue

 2022 AFoCO Annual Thematic Dialogue
Date25 October 2022 (Tuesday)
Time13:00 – 17:00 PM (GMT+6, Almaty time) Hybrid
VenueAlmaty, Kazakhstan
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

This event intends to solicit ideas and views to inform the AFoCO’s future planning. All participants are strongly encouraged to prepare their interventions in advance, guided by a set of guiding questions on page 30 of the Discussion Paper.
N.B. Those who submit the speaker form will be given priority to speak during the session.
The speaker form (CLICK HERE) will be open until October 24, 2022, 18:00 PM (GMT+6, Kazakhstan time)

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

The theme for the 2022 session is “Roles of AFoCO in catalyzing global efforts to reduce and reverse forest loss in Asia to address impacts of climate change, while harnessing co-benefits”. The objectives of the 2022 session of the Annual Thematic Dialogue are to:

  • Explore and discuss the challenges and ways to ensure sustainable benefits to Indigenous Peoples and local communities while mitigating and adapting to climate change;
  • Collectively identify and prioritize Climate Actions to be delivered through AFoCO to make Asian forests more responsive in addressing climate change; and
  • Share emerging opportunities from the private sector and discuss future directions of AFoCO to cooperate with potential partners

Inspirational Speeches

  • “How can we ensure sustainable benefits to Indigenous Peoples and local communities while mitigating and adapting to climate change?”
    Ms. Regan Pairojmahakij, Senior Program Officer at RECOFTC
  • “Capacity Building for Forest and Climate Change Related Disasters Mitigation, Resilience & Adaptation”
    Dr. Veerachai Tanpipat, Senior Expert at the Faculty of Forestry, Kasetsart University

AFoCO’s Role in Climate Actions in the Member Countries

  • “REDD+ Feasibility Study in Aurora, the Philippines”
    Mr. Paquito T. Moreno Jr., Regional Executive Director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 3, Philippines
  • “REDD+ Feasibility Study in Mandal, Mongolia”
    Ms. Maralgoo Ganbat, Forestry Project Specialist, Mongolia Forest Research Association of Mongolia
  • “REDD+ Feasibility Study in Kratie and Steung Treng Province, Cambodia”
    Mr. Khorn Norin, Vice Chief of Administration, International Cooperation and ASEAN Office, Forestry Administration of Cambodia
  • “Introduction of AFoCO Climate Action Partnership”
    Dr. Kim Donghwan, AFoCO Secretariat

Contact Information

KIM Donghwan, Program Officer | LEE Hansol, Assistant Program Officer
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