For the last few years, the HSF Korea was very active in the field of forestry. In the framework of a EU-funded project for sustainable reforestation, international seminars with forest experts and study trips to China and Mongolia were organized. The seminars for North Korean foresters included trainings in which participants could acquire practical skills. Although the project was officially concluded in October 2017, the HSF Korea continues its efforts for international cooperation and environment conservation in the field of forestry on the Korean Peninsula and beyond. Find out more about the EU-funded project here.
HSF Korea is actively supporting the conservation of wetlands and the protection of migratory birds, especially in transboundary regions like Rason at the North Korean-Russian-Chinese border.
In 2017, environment surveys were conducted in Rason and at North Korea's East Coast. Furthermore, the foundation supported several workshops - in North Korea as well as in Hong Kong SAR, China and Cambodia - about transboundary nature protection and the conservation of wetlands.
Environment is a topic that facilitates a suitable platform for international cooperation, despite political tensions. Our work in this field is bearing fruit now with the accession of the DPRK to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat ("Ramsar Convention") as the 170th contracting party. Additionally, the North Korean Ministry for Land and Environment Protection became a member of IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature). The HSF Korea was also able to obtain new partnerships and deepen old ones. Find out more about North Korea's accession to the Ramsar Convention here.