On 11 May 2022, AFoCO concluded the online MoU signing ceremony for the launch of the new AFoCO project in Viet Nam titled: Rehabilitation of Degraded and Potentially Deserted Forest Land in the Northwest Region of Viet Nam through Application of Integrated Technical Measures (AFoCO/031/2022).
The signing ceremony began with congratulatory remarks from the Executive Director of AFoCO, Mr. Ricardo Calderon, who emphasized that the project will surely “contribute to the development and transfer of techniques and awareness of forest land degradation classification and the degradation and application of integrated technical measures for degradation rehabilitation of forest land.”
The Secretariat also expressed that the main goal of the project is to rehabilitate, sustainably manage and use degraded and potentially deserted forest land in the Northwest region of Viet Nam through the application of integrated technical measures and advanced science and technology to contribute to the implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, Sustainable Development Goals, and climate change adaptation and mitigation. 4 provinces of the Northwest region (Hoa Binh, Son La, Lai Chau, Dien Bien), will not only be successfully achieved through cooperation between AFoCO and Research Institute for Forest Ecology and Environment in Viet Nam, but also contribute towards AFoCO’s main objective of transferring proven technology across Member Parties.
The MoU signing ceremony came to an end with positive prospects for the project regarding implementation, as the COVID-19 pandemic situation and its relevant restrictions across the world are beginning to be lifted and improved.
Submitted by CHA Ji Yea, Assistant Program Officer