Strengthening forestry cooperation and action in Greater Central Asia
On 23 June 2021, member economies and partners of the Greater Central Asia Forestry Cooperation Mechanism (GCA FCM) met to review an action plan for cooperation on forestry activities across the region.
Greater Central Asia contains a small percentage of the world's forest area, however the functions of forests – including water and soil conservation and watershed management – are vitally important for all economies. Member economies include China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
Organized by the Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation (APFNet), the exchange meeting also updated members on GCA FCMcapacity building activities and APFNet projects in the region.
Following an introduction to the 2021-2030 Action Plan for GCA FCM, members provided comments and approved the plan. A consensus was also reached on arrangements for the Third Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Forestry in Greater Central Asia to be held in China in late 2022.