The first joint virtual meeting between Forest, Range and Watershed management Organization (FRWO) and National Forest and Grassland Administration of P.R. (CNFGA) was held on Monday.

During a virtual meeting between FRWO and CNFGA which was on Monday, 12 July 2021, along with delegations of the two sides, Mr. Ali Nemati, Counselor of the Iranian Embassy in Beijing – China was also present. In this joint meeting, two sides reviewed the major challenges of natural resource management and talked about their practices aimed at the solving the problems. 

Noteworthy that there are great similarities between Iran and China in terms of climate and ecology point of view which is a positive factor for boosting cooperation in forest, rangeland and combating desertification programs.

Sustainable Forest management, Participation of local community and implementation of multipurpose forestry plans with emphasis on local communities' livelihood, Forestry and Climate Change, Ecotourism and forest park design, timber cropping and agroforestry, Forest assessment and remote sensing and pest and disease control and fire control were among the issues of interest.

It is notable that Iran and China had signed Memorandum of Understanding Agreement on Natural Resources consisting of 9 articles in 2014 by Deputy Minister and Head of FRWO touring China at the head of a high ranking delegation from FRWO on behalf of I.R. of Iran.

At the end of the meeting, the two sides decided to nominate contact persons to continue negotiations to establish practical cooperation.