The Asian Forest Cooperation Organization (AFoCO) was established to strengthen forest cooperation by transforming proven technology and policies into concrete actions in the context of sustainable forest management to address the impact of climate change.
The organization has been established upon a solid foundation laid by the past ASEAN-ROK Forest Cooperation Agreement since 2012 and begun its operation as an international organization since April 2018 to promote cooperation towards achieving shared sustainable development goals and contribute to the global goals of increasing forest cover and implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change through action-oriented practices.
Since the initial phase, AFoCO is committed to facilitating the transfer and translation of best policies and experiences into site-specific actions where it is most needed. Through its member-driven approaches, various contextualized projects have been developed and implemented to achieve its mission.
Together with our member countries, AFoCO promotes and undertakes action-oriented forest cooperation programs on sustainable forest management, biodiversity conservation, maintenance and enhancement of ecosystem services, as well as reforestation and forest rehabilitation; climate change mitigation and adaptation activities and supporting REDD+ initiatives; and the reduction of deforestation, forest degradation, desertification, land degradation, and mitigation of the impacts of forest-related disasters.
AFoCO also focuses on building the capacities of stakeholders through research and development, sharing of experiences, and the transfer of technology, as well as education and exchange programs; and forging partnerships between the Parties and with other entities to carry out cooperative activities by building upon the current initiatives of other forest-related international agreements and organizations. AFoCO has two organs, namely the “Assembly” and the “Secretariat.” The Assembly is the policy-making body comprised of the Representatives of all member countries. The Secretariat, headed by the Executive Director and located in Seoul, Korea, is responsible for implementing its policies and strategies.
The Agreement on the Establishment of the Asian Forest Cooperation Organization was adopted on 22 September 2015 in Seoul, and entered into force on 27 April 2018 in accordance with Paragraph 1 of Article 19 of the Agreement. The dates of signing and deposit of instruments by Parties are listed here.