5th TOA Partners Meeting 2015

15th – 17th September 2015 at HEPA Farmer Field School, Vietnam

The annual TOA partner meeting this year was in Vietnam during 15th – 17th September 2015 with the aim to strengthen extension of organic networks in Mekong region and Bhutan and for partners to take responsibilities beyond the Secretariat over the next 5 years. The meeting agenda on the first day consisted of following issues;

  • TOA partners update by country
  • General update TOA secretariat; team building; long term vision
  • Mekong+Bhutan core-partner group; extension to ASEAN and Asia-wide affiliation; new brochure; communication
  • Decentralization
  • Preparations for PAIES proposal (socio-economic initiatives)

 In the afternoon, partners visited forest in the nearby area as a first-hand experience of forest farmer lives and livelihood sovereignty. The second session in the next day aimed to discuss the progress of working groups and work planning in 2015-2016. The last session at HEPA was conducted to discuss in partner responsibilities and participation in further issues, which had been summarized as key follow up points;

Development of activity plans based on drafts from this meetingWorking Groups and partners; Secretariat
TOA logo confirmed; new brochure/flyer by the end of the yearSecretariat
Two coordination roles for TOA still open – partner organisations from Thailand or from ASEAN countries welcome to applySecretariat (Siya and Ampika started in 2016)
TOA Executive Committee (was: Steering Committee) – members to be confirmedSecretariat and partners: Executive Committee
Executive Committee members to share information and planning, implementation with in-country partnersExecutive Committee members and partners
Mid-year meeting of Executive Committee (first meeting 2016 in Vietnam)Secretariat / Executive Committee
PAIES transition budget proposal; and PAIES design/proposal formulation workshop (mid 2016)Metta and partners in Myanmar; SPERI (Vietnam); TOA Secretariat; CEDAC (Cambodia) and CNR (Bhutan)
YOF Myanmar – Budget to be confirmedKMF (Myanmar); Secretariat + YOF representative Thailand (AAN)
TOA delegation to URGENCI global CSA conferenceSecretariat and partners
TOA organization of Sub-panels 2.2. and 2.3. during GNH conference, BhutanSPERI (Vietnam), TOA Secretariat and Partners
Potential for connection with INEB ICE Network (Climate Change)Secretariat and INEB

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