AFoCO, an independent intergovernmental organization, has recently expanded its scope to include member countries from across Asia. I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the dedication and hard work of all the parties to the Dialogue for the Establishment of AFoCO, an important platform for restoring degraded areas by planting trees, especially in the face of changing climate.
I am confident that the accomplishment and partnership built under the ASEAN-ROK Forest Cooperation since 2012 is an important stepping stone to further solidify the relationship among the members while expanding collaboration with partner organizations.
As much as the Asian region has rich resources and potential particularly in the forest sector, the region is vulnerable to socio-environmental issues including deforestation, land degradation, climate change among others. Primarily, restoration of degraded forest is what the region needs and wants. I encourage the members of AFoCO to take advantage of the momentum to act constructively in letting our collective actions speak more than our words.
On behalf of the AFoCO Secretariat, I look forward to further building on the values of partnership, member-driven program ownership, competency, transparency, equity, and sustainability. We seek your active collaboration as we carry out relevant activities as set out in the strategic plan, in the areas of restoration and reforestation, climate change adaptation, management of forest-related disasters, local livelihood improvement, and strengthening institutional capabilities under the guidance of the Assembly.
The Secretariat will continue to serve and assist the Assembly and member countries in achieving our common goals of strengthening cooperation in the area of forestry. All of us at the AFoCO Secretariat look forward to working together towards achieving the collective vision of a greener Asia.
Executive Director Chencho Norbu