The protection of migratory birds along the so-called flyways, the migratory routes, is an important objective of nature and biodiversity protection, since only when protected along the whole flyway, migratory birds can survive. In the East Asian area, the East Asian Australasian flyway reaching from New Zealand and Australia in the South to Russia and Alaska in the North sees every year twice the movement of millions of migratory birds. Their protection is the goal of the EAAFP, the East Asian Australasian Flyway Partnership, a partnership of 18 governments and 17 NGO, among them Hanns-Seidel-Foundation, which in particular tries to support the protection of migratory birds on the Korean Peninsula.
Agriculture is an important factor in ensuring stable food supplies and the health of citizens. However, agriculture in North Korea is still not as efficient as it could be, and both South and North Korea would benefit from greater cooperation in the agricultural sector. To discuss the current state of agriculture and possible future cooperation opportunities, the Symposium on South-North Korean Agricultural Cooperation 2018 took place on November 13, 2018, at the Kensington Hotel in Yoido.
North Korea is in a state of constant change and Pyongyang has developed into a relatively modern city in recent years despite severe sanctions, especially in the areas of technology and infrastructure. However, apart from Pyongyang, a large part of the country is not yet as developed and the living conditions of the people can be improved. During a briefing at the Kensington Hotel in Yoido with South Korean partners, the HSF delegation informed about their observations on their recent trip to North Korea.
Northeast Asia is naturally connected through the environment. Transboundary cooperation becomes even more significant, as countries in the region share a common ecosystem and species migrate through their territory. The HSF Korean and the Institute for Peace Affairs jointly organized the 2018 Northeast Asia Environment Cooperation Seminar in Vladivostok, Russia. It considered different ways how cooperation in the region can be enhanced and discussed if “Green Détente” can release tensions and result in peace in Northeast Asia.
The Tongil Hankuk Forum (Korean Unification Forum) was jointly organized by the Institute for Peace Affairs and the Hanns Seidel Foundation for the 22nd time. The format has proven to be successful in bringing former and current decision-makers, professionals, academics and media representatives together to discuss issues regarding the Korean division and potential unification. The 22nd Tongil Hankuk Forum was held at the Dong-A University in Busan, which is one of many partners of the HSF Korea, and dealt with globalization and North Korea.