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Improvement of rural living conditions through healthy forests - Establishment of a Training Centre for Sustainable Forestry

The Hanns Seidel Foundation Korea has been working on the Korean Peninsula for more than 30 years. Between 2014 und 2017, a project on the improvement of rural living conditions through healthy forests was implemented. The project was funded by the European Union. After a follow-up period, the project was successfully concluded on 31 January 2018.

The DPRK, once being richly endowed with forests, experiences a continuous decrease in forested areas beyond the natural regeneration rate. Between 1990 and 2005, forest clearance lead to a deterioration of forest and wooded land of more than 20,000 square kilometers, equivalent to 25 % of the total forested area (FAO, 2005).

In line with policy announcements of the DPRK, the now finished project of the HSF contributed to reforestation and thereby also increased economic viability of rural communities affected by deforestation. The project “Improvement of rural living conditions through healthy forests – establishment of a Training Centre for Sustainable Forestry” contributes to long-term sustainable forest policies having a positive impact on food security in the DPRK.


Goals were:

  • Improvement of rural living conditions

  • Introduction of methods of sustainable forestry in DPRK

  • Increasing food security in the DPRK

The project had the aim to improve the living conditions in deforested areas. Persistent technical and organizational deficiencies and deficits should be eliminated and then lead to increased food security in the DPRK, especially for the population living in deforested areas.


The brochure to the EU-project can be downloaded here.

Also, the HSF Korea recently published a brochure about the end of the project. You can download it here.


Project details

  • Project Reference:  DCI-FOOD/2012/309-271

  • Start Date: 1 Sep 2014

  • End Date: 31 Oct 2017


This project is funded by the European Union and implemented by HSF and FMRI.