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TL-AFoCO-South Korea sign partnership agreement for accelerating climate action

TL-AFoCO-South Korea sign partnership agreement for accelerating climate action

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DILI, 12 january 2024 (TATOLI) – The Government of Timor-Leste, Asian Forest Cooperation Organization (AFoCO), and South Korea sign a partnership agreement for accelerating climate action.

The partnership agreement was signed by the Agriculture Ministry, Marcos da Cruz, Minister of South Korea’s Forest Services, Nam Sung-hyun, and AFoCO’s Executive Director, PARK Chongho, in Manatuto Municipality.

Minister Cruz said that accelerating climate action is important to contribute to the fight against climate change, rising temperatures, and rising sea levels.

“As global warming hit 1.48 degrees Celsius last year, the current government is committed to organizing a large-scale tree planting program to restore our forest, as well as contributing to combat climate change,” said Cruz.

Agriculture Minister, together with development partners including AFoCO, has planned to plant more than 10 million trees over the next 10 years.

Minister Cruz called on all parties to join the government in realizing the plan to plant more than the 10 million trees.

At the same place, Minister Nam Sung-hyun also supported the government’s reforestation program.

Nam Sung-hyun raised the importance of the forest to reduce air pollution, fight the atmospheric greenhouse effect, conserve water and reduce soil erosion, save energy, modify local climate, and increase economic stability.

AFoCO Executive Director PARK Chongho also recognized that afforestation is essential to protect and preserve Timor-Leste’s biodiversity.

 

Journalist: Jose Belarmino de Sa

Editor: Filomeno Martins 

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