The Governing Council (GC) of the African Forest Forum (AFF) has met three times in less than one year: October 15-16, 2007; January 27-28, 2008 and June 12-13, 2008. During this formative period of the AFF it has become necessary for the GC to meet frequently to provide a good take off of the AFF.
The meetings of the Steering Committee (SC) of the project on Sustainable Forest Management in Africa (SFM) were planned during the same dates. This facilitated holding the three GC meetings because the GC shares many of its members with the SC. In all these meetings several decisions were made to facilitate the work of the AFF. With the exception of the first meeting, the second and third meetings were preceded by meetings of the Executive Committee of AFF. The key decisions from these three meetings, outlined below, demonstrate progress made in the administration and management of the affairs of the AFF through the GC.