ACTO participates as an observer in the 32nd LACFC Meeting

Sep 9, 2021ACTO, MoU

The 32nd LACFC Meeting will take place from the 6th to the 10th of September.


The Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) participates as an observer organization in the 32nd Meeting of Latin American and Caribbean Forestry Commission (LASCFC) and is represented by its Director Carlos Salinas.

In these first three days of the virtual meeting, the participating countries made recommendations to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on issues such as access to climate and environmental financing, the integration of forestry activities in FAO’s work on food systems, restoration of forests and other ecosystems, Integrated Fire Management and the Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) 2020: Situation of the forest sector in the Latin American and Caribbean region.

In this space, FAO and the participating ACTO Member Countries highlighted the advances of the Amazon Region in Integrated Fire Management through the approval of the “Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation and Mutual Assistance for the Integral Control of Fire among ACTO Member Countries”. The countries also highlighted the advances made by the Amazon Regional Observatory (ORA) and the importance of integrating ACTO efforts with FAO’s FRA.

COFLAC’s mandate is to advise FAO on the forestry program to be developed in the Region based on the countries’ national and regional priorities, FAO regional initiatives, and international agreements and dialogues on forestry. This includes the formulation of policies for the sustainable management of forests and wild fauna and flora, and analyzing, facilitating, and coordinating their implementation at the regional level, exchanging information and, in general, through special auxiliary bodies (technical cooperation networks), advise on the most appropriate methods and measures to resolve technical problems and make appropriate recommendations about these activities.

The event that will take place this Friday, September 10th, will also try to link the work of the FAO statutory bodies related to forests with the relevant political arena and facilitate political dialogue and technical exchanges; the preparation of the work plans of the Commission’s subregional groups for the period 2022-2023; recommendations to the FAO Forestry Committee (COFO) and the FAO Regional Conference and global initiatives and processes.

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