Networking and information exchange

The entire process involved building up a strong network of national focal points, facilitated through a number of regional and sub-regional workshops. Periodic updates on the process helped to share information on the progress of various activities.

National Focal Points

Afghanistan
Abdul Wali Modaqiq
UNEP and GEF Programme
National Project Coordinator
Department of Environment, Darulaman
E-mail: Wali.Modaqiq@unep.ch

Armenia
Ruben Petrosyan
Chief Forester of "Hayantar" State owned Ltd.
E-mail: green.land@web.am

Azerbaijan
Bahadir Vakilov
Head Specialist, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources
E-mail: kamil-mid@rambler.ru

Cyprus
Alexandros Christodoulou
Chief Conservator of Forests
E-mail: management@cytanet.com.cy

Georgia
Paata Torchinava
Monitoring and Development Division
Forestry Department
E-mail: torchinava@yahoo.com

Iran
Shamsellah Shariatnejad
Head of High Council for Forest, Range and Soil
E-mail: frw_international@yahoo.com

Iraq
Sabah Salem Al-Kawaz
General Director of Horticulture and Forestry
E-mail: kawazsabah@yahoo.com

Jordan
Muhammad A. Ali Al-Daqesh
Head of utilization and protection Division
E-mail: mohnsour@yahoo.com

Kazakhstan
Kairat Ustemirov
Head of Department of Regulation and Control of Forestry
and Protected Areas, Forestry and Hunting Committee
E-mail: Ustemirov@minagri.kz

Kyrgyz Republic
Venera Surappaeva
Chief of the monitoring and intercooperation
Department of the State Forest Service
E-mail: surappaeva@hotbox.ru

Lebanon
Ghattas Akl
Director, Rural Development and Natural Resources Department
E-mail: fadyasmar@terra.net.lb

Oman
Mohamed Salim Al-Mashikhi
Manager of Range Resources Department
Ministry of Agriculture and Fish Resources
E-mail: kabori@hotmail.com

Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of
Abdu Al Assiri
Director-General
Range and Forests Department
E-mail: abdo_hashem@agrwat.gov.sa

Syrian Arab Republic
Ziad Al-Jibawi
Assistant Forestry Department
Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform
E-mail: forestry@mail.sy

Tajikistan
Kokul H. Kassirov
Director General of the State Directorate
of protected areas
"Tajik National Park"
E-mail: kokul@tojikiston.com

Turkey
Tamer Otrakcier
Department Head - RPC
Forestry
General Directorate of Forestry
E-mail: apk@ogm.gov.tr

Turkmenistan
Akmurad Atamuradov
Head of the Forest Seed
Growing and Natural Parks
Protection Service
Ministry of Nature Protection
E-mail: shirinkarryeva@mail.ru

United Arab Emirates
Abdullah Bin Rashed Al Moalla
Director of Central Agricultural Region
E-mail: almoalla.maf@uae.gov.ae

Uzbekistan
Murat Sh. Ganiev
Deputy Head of the Main Forestry Department
Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources
E-mail: muratles@mail.ru

Yemen
Jameel Al-Emad
Head of the Protected Areas Department
General Directorate of Forestry Desertification Control
E-mail: jameelalemad@yahoo.com

FOWECA workshops

Istanbul meeting (5 - 8 December 2005)

The FOWECA Regional Workshop was held in Istanbul, Turkey, from 5 to 8 December 2005. The Workshop was organized in collaboration with the Turkish Forest Administration and particularly with the support of the Turkish Association of Forest Engineers (TMMOB).

The Workshop aimed to review the first draft regional report and to ensure that all critical forest related issues were reflected in the report; and to discuss the priorities and strategies for the future development of forestry in the region.

To obtain the full Workshop report, including the workshop programme and list of participants, click below: Report, Programme and List of participants 

Tbilisi meeting (6-9 June 2005)

The second sub regional FOWECA workshop for Central Asia and the Caucasus was held in Tbilisi, Georgia from 06 to 09 June 2005 at Hotel Sympatia. Seven FOWECA country focal points and/or their representatives from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan participated.

The objectives of the Workshop were to (i) share and discuss trends and issues in the forestry sector in the sub-region, (ii) identify and analyze major driving forces impacting on forests and forestry, (iii) improve understanding of scenario approach, and (iv) strengthen a network among the countries.
To obtain the full workshop report, including the workshop programme and list of participants, click the file below: English  Russian 

Damascus meeting (11-14 April 2005)

The workshop was held in Damascus, Syria from 11 to 14 April 2005. The focal points representing Cyprus, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen participated in the workshop. The Arab Organization for Agricultural Development (AOAD) and the Arab Authority for Agricultural Investment and Development (AAAID) were represented by one participant each.

The main objectives of the workshop were to present and share among countries information based on the country outlook papers; and to further discuss and identify key issues and trends, main driving forces and possible future scenarios of the sector at the sub-regional level.

To obtain a full workshop report, including the workshop programme and list of participants click here

Beirut meeting (23 May 2004)

The FOWECA planning workshop was held on 23rd May 2004 in Beirut, in conjunction with the 16th Session of FAO Near East Forestry Commission (NEFC). FOWECA focal points from Afghanistan, Cyprus, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Yemen, participated in the workshop.

The main objectives of the workshop were to introduce to the focal points the process and activities of FOWECA study, to discuss the structure and the preparation of the country outlook paper, and to identify the thematic outlook study topics and issues. To obtain a full workshop report, including the workshop programme and list of participants click here.Report, Programme and List of participants 

Budapest meeting (27-30 September 2004)

Central Asia and Caucasus countries attended the planning workshop that was held in Budapest from 27 to 30 September 2004, at the FAO Sub Regional Office for Central and Eastern Europe. The FOWECA focal points from eight countries participated in this planning workshop. These were focal points from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. To obtain a full workshop report, including the workshop programme and list of participants click here. Report, Programme and List of participants 

News and visits

The FOWECA Team

FOWECA Updates

"FOWECA Update" is a newsletter linking FAO, country focal points and other partners of the forestry outlook study in the West and Central Asia countries. It aims at regularly providing general information, progress reports on FOWECA implementation, and guidance for further activities.

Volume 1 August 2004
English  Russian  Arabic 

Volume 2 November 2004
English  Russian  Arabic 

Volume 3 March 2005
English 

Volume 4 May 2005
English  Arabic 

Volume 5 August 2005
English  Russian  Arabic 

Volume 6 January 2006
English  Russian  Arabic 

Volume 7 October 2006
English 

last updated:  Wednesday, April 13, 2011