Why should the next generation protect forests?

Dec 16
The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand (518/5 Ploenchit Road Patumwan, Bangkok, Thailand, 10330) and RECOFTC Facebook
Two students in the forest


Come learn from youth across the Asia-Pacific region about why their generation should mobilize to protect forests.

RECOFTC, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) are hosting the event on Wednesday, 16 December 2020 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. ICT at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand (FCCT). This event is free and open to all. 

To attend in person, please register by emailing

The event will also be livestreamed on RECOFTC’s Facebook page. The event will be in English.


Opening remarks

  • Kazumi Ikeda-Larhed, Chief Administrative Support Group, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations for the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (FAO-RAP) 
  • Dechen Tsering, Regional Director and Representative for Asia and the Pacific, UN Environment Programme 
  • Chandra Silori, Deputy Executive Director, RECOFTC

Panel members 

  • Nanticha Ocharoenchai (Lynn), Writer, filmmaker and founder of Climate Strike Thailand
  • Kent Daniel, Regional Representative Asia Pacific, International Forestry Student Association (IFSA)
  • Nopparat Anantaprayoon (Opal), Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN) Thailand 
  • Apsana Kafle, Associate Fellow, RECOFTC Nepal 

The event will also celebrate the student video competition. High school and college students from across the Asia-Pacific submitted 19 videos that answer the question: “Can protecting forests prevent pandemics?” The videos came from eight countries: Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines and Thailand. 

Watch all the video submissions here.

At the end of the event, we will announce the winners of the student video competition.