Global Forest Coalition warmly welcomes Dr. Andrey Laletin as the new Chairperson of its Board, following its 8th annual meeting in Hyderabad, India, in October 2012. Andrey is a Russian ecologist, and CEO and Chairman of the Council of Friends of the Siberian Forests, with whom he has worked for the last two decades. Andrey’s extensive experience incorporates international forest policy, protected areas management, Russian forestry and forest legislation, conservation and the sustainable use of forests, traditional forest knowledge, forest biodiversity, and criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management.
GFC also owes a great debt of gratitude to departing Chairperson, Fiu Elisara, who has devoted so much of his time and energies to GFC’s campaigning and development over the last two years. Happily, Fiu will continue to work closely with GFC as a continuing board member, and GFC’s board thus increases to four people: Andrey Laletin, Fiu Elisara, Estebancio Castro and Mary Lou Malig.
A further welcome goes to Wally Menne, of Timberwatch, South Africa, who now takes up the role of Chair of GFC’s Coordinating Group, previously held by Andrey Laletin.