AFoCO Assembly Returns to Physical Session in Almaty

The Asian Forest Cooperation Organization (AFoCO) was thrilled to reconvene in person after nearly three years of virtual meetings due to the ongoing challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. This session of the Assembly is graciously hosted by the Forestry and Wildlife Committee of the Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources of Kazakhstan, on 26-27 October 2022 in Almaty.

This Assembly was being conducted in a hybrid mode, allowing for both physical and virtual participation.

Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the spirit of cooperation among AFoCO members has been truly inspiring. We applaud the resilience and adaptability demonstrated by all members and the Secretariat in continuing to implement activities amidst these unprecedented circumstances.

I am honored to address you all at this pivotal moment in our organization’s journey. Despite the ongoing challenges of the prolonged COVID situation, the Assembly reviewed and highlighted some significant achievements from 2022 and congratulated the leadership of the outgoing Executive Director:

  • Engagement of AFoCO in the World Forestry Congress: AFoCO’s participation in the World Forestry Congress in May was a testament to AFoCO’s growing international engagement and commitment to global forestry issues.
  • Resumption of Physical Training Programs: The resumption of physical training programs by AFoCO signifies our determination to continue capacity-building efforts despite obstacles.
  • Stabilization of Communication Channels: We have successfully stabilized both physical and virtual communication channels with our member Parties, facilitating project implementation and monitoring.
  • Expansion and Strengthening of AFoCO’s Presence Internationally: Our efforts to expand and strengthen AFoCO’s presence in the international arena are bearing fruit, enhancing our visibility and impact.
  • Drafting of Strategic Plan 2030: We are proud to have established a draft Strategic Plan for 2030, which will be further discussed for adoption next year, outlining our roadmap for the future.

Planning ahead, the Assembly also made important decisions. The Assembly appointed the new Executive Director. The Executive Director’s role will be instrumental in steering AFoCO’s strategic direction and operational priorities. Along with the approval of the work plan for 2023, new projects were approved.

The 7th Session was held back to back with the 2nd Annual Thematic Dialogue under the theme: “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”.

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