Highlights of Special Forest Session-P4G Summit
Highlights of P4G Seoul Summit 2021 Special Breakout Session on ForestsOn May 18th 2021, the Korea Forest Service organized a Special Breakout Session on Forests during the Green Future Week of the P4G Seoul Summit 2021, under the theme of “Forests for Global Net-Zero and Peace.” The session focused on the role of forests as a major carbon sink, and discussed the current status and future direction of the world’s forestry sector.Please enjoy the highlight video from the special forest session.If the video won't open, please click the link below.https://english.forest.go.kr/kfsweb/cop/bbs/selectBoardArticle.do?nttId=3159655bbsId=BBSMSTR_1056pageIndex=1pageUnit=10sea...
Minister at the meeting on carbon neutral forest
A newly appointed Minister of Korea Forest Service (KFS) Mr. Byeong-Am CHOI presided over the first regular meeting on implementation of carbon neutral forestry strategy on 6 April.Following the Republic of Korea’s declaration on Carbon Neutrality 2050 last October 2020, KFS drew up the carbon neutral forestry strategy proposal last December, recognizing that forestshold the best nature-based solution and play a growing role as major carbon sink in realizing Carbon Neutrality 2050. At the meeting, KFS Minister stressed that moving forward carbon neutrality is a formula for our sustainable economy and future society and thus, we continue to shape up future-oriented and feasible forest strategy which foresters and the general people can relate to....
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P4G Special Breakout Session on Forests
P4G Seoul Summit 2021 Special Breakout Session on ForestsOn May 18th 2021, the Korea Forest Service organized a Special Breakout Session on Forests during the Green Future Week of the P4G Seoul Summit 2021, under the theme of “Forests for Global Net-Zero and Peace.” The session focused on the role of forests as a major carbon sink, and discussed the current status and future direction of the world’s forestry sector.The session’s keynote speakers, presenters, and panelists included Minister Byeong-am CHOI of the KFS, Executive Secretary Ibrahim Thiaw of the UNCCD, Senator Chris Coons of the U.S., Director General Qu Dongyu of the FAO, Mr. Alex Rudee of the WRI, Mr. Kim Hyung-soo, the CEO of Tree Planet, Ambassador Frode Solberg of Norway to Korea, Executive Director Ricardo L. Calderon of AFoCO, Deputy Minister Milagros De Camps of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of the Dominican Republic, Director German Velasquez of the GCF, and Mr. Chung In-bo, the CEO of SK Forest.At the session, Minister Byeong-am CHOI emphasized the importance of partnering between public and private sector, and advanced and developing countries, to tackle the global climate crisis together. He introduced a P4G Partnership Start-up Project named ‘Agroforestry for People, Peace, and Prosperity,’ of which the governments, public and private sector of both Korea and Ethiopia collaborate to restore the forest ecosystem and build a traditional style shade-grown coffee farm. He also extended his invitation to the 15th World Forestry Congress to be co-hosted by the KFS and the FAO next year.Click the URL below to watch the Special Breakout Session on Forests of the P4G Seoul Summit 2021.URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TiUCFuBrAw
Top 10 Forest News of 2020
TOP 10 Forest News in 2020The year 2020 was a very special year to the Korea Forest Service like much of the world. Despite challenges posed by the pandemic, we had another fruitful year.Here are top 10 forest news of 2020 selected through a survey of journalists and KFS staff.1. Implementation plan of K-Forest for the Korean New Deal in the forestry sectorThe Korea Forest Service (KFS) has announced “K-Forest Plan 2020-2030, as Korean forest new deal policy including the creation of 5,000 public jobs in the forestry sector in the post-Corona era. 2. Forest healing programs for Corona-blueVarious projects are being carried out to provide more effective forest healing programs for recovering from Corona-blue which is a combined word of Coronavirus and blue meaning depression. Forest healing programs have been proved effective in Corona-blue so far.3. Increased public value of well-managed forests- about 4,000 USD per capita The public value of Korean forests reaches 221 billion USD per year which means each citizen can be provided with public benefits of about 4,000 USD. In order to publicize the importance of well-managed forests and related policy, the month of November is designated for a forest tending period. 4. Opening of Sejong National ArboretumAs part of our efforts in response to climate change, the KFS established “Sejoing National Arboretum” with the nation’s biggest greenhouse so as to conserve and propagate native plants from the central temperate forests. 5. Largest forest growth in the Asia-Pacific region by FAO reportAt the 25th session of FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO) it was addressed that the Republic of Korea saw the largest rate of growing stock in the Asia-Pacific region between 1990 and 2015. The result comes from the flagship report in the region named “Forest Futures-Sustainable Pathway for Forests, Landscapes and People in the Asia-pacific region”.6. Enactment of the Act on Urban Forest The Act on Urban Forest has been enacted with the purpose of creating and managing urban forests in a more systematic way. That way it is expected that various urban forests will reduce fine dust and alleviate urban forest heat island phenomenon, thereby creating a more pleasant living environment and more resting places in the urban areas.7. Five rich national forests for recovering from pandemic fatigue in forests Five rich national forests with outstanding landscape and high ecosystematic value are widely publicized throughout forest eco-tourism so as to offer opportunities for those who suffer from pandemic fatigue to get themselves recharged in forests. 8. Era of wood building by lifting restrictions on wood building scaleRestrictions on wood building scale stipulated in the Building Structure Standards have been abolished so more tall and large wood buildings are expected and the wood building market will also grow.9. Wearable robots for forest fire-fighting- intelligent equipment for forest work safety The KFS has developed wearable robots for forest work, especially for fire-fighting with the view of preventing forest disasters and minimizing damage thereby ensuring safety of the people. 10. Night aerial fire-fighting with “Surion” helicopterA night fire-fighting helicopter called “Surion” has been developed domestically. With a successful trial operation, the Surion was mobilized to suppress Andong forest fire at night. * Attached picture : Annoucnment of K-Forest Plan by KFS Minister
World Forestry Congress_D-200 Countdown Event
200-Day Countdown Event for the World Forestry Congress, a forum on “Messages From Forests” will be held on 9 November 2020. Overview - When : 13:00~17:30, 9 November 2020 (Korea standard time)- Where: Coex, Seoul- How to participate : WFC 2021 YouTube streaming - Hosted by: Korea Forest ServiceBackgroundThe international community is witnessing more and more extended, intense, larger-scale natural disasters such as forest fires induced by climate change, landslides, and desertification. What is worse is rapid deforestation and forest degradation. If this trend of man-made forest destruction continues, humanity may have to live to live under constant threats such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Amid these challenges, new light is being shed on the solutions that forests hold in their hands to the threats facing us and thus reforestation is becoming ever more important. Against this backdrop, the Korea Forest Service is going to hold a special event to discuss the roles and future of forests on a date marking the 200 day countdown to the XV World Forestry Congress, with the view to garner greater attention and interest from the international community in the coming Congress to be held in Seoul next year.The program is attached below.For more information, please visit the WFC 2021 website https://wfc2021korea.org/
Highest rate in the growing stock in Asia Pacific
At the 25th session of FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO) held virtually in mid October, it was addressed that the Republic of Korea saw the increase rate of 196 percent in the per-hectare growing stock which is the largestgrowthin the Asia-Pacific region between 1990 and 2015. The result comes from the flagship report in the region named “Forest Futures-Sustainable Pathway for Forests, Landscapes and People in the Asia-pacific region” launched at the 4thAsia-Pacific Forestry Week in June 2019.On October 12, Director General of the International Affairs Bureau of the Korea Forest Service KO Ki-yeon took part in a side event held back-to-back with COFO 25 as a part of the 7thWorld Forest Week with the theme on forest future in the Asai-pacific region based on the report. Mr. KO delivered a presentation on the main results of Korea’s efforts in forest management and reforestation. Korea has been highly recognized in the world as a country that produced best outcomes in forest reforestation and management.
Lost Landscape in Forest Wildfire-20year change at Eastern Coast of Korea
Lost Landscape in Forest Wild-fire-20year change at Eastern Coast of Korea / 2015
A list of Herbaceous Dicotyledoneae in Jeju Island
A list of Herbaceous Dicotyledoneae in Jeju Island / 2014