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Inter-Korean Forest Center in Paju

Inter-Korean cooperation in the field of forestry is of great importance, as North Korea's afforestation is a national priority on its project agenda and South Korea has had very similar experiences in this field in the past and can therefore contribute to North Korea's success with important expertise and skills.

With this in mind, the Center for Inter-Korean Forest Cooperation was opened on June 3, 2020 in Paju, near the inner-Korean border, with guests from politics and society. It is operated by the Korean Forest Service and was supported by the Ministry of Unification. Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) in Korea is working on sustainable forestry in both South and North Korea. This year, for example, HSF is planning a small reforestation in Goseong, Gangwondo, a partner district of HSF, where forest fires have destroyed many thousands of hectares of forest.


In this regard, HSF is also holding talks with other partners about possibilities of ecotourism and environmental awareness raising in Goseong County to enable sustainable solutions and a healthy attitude for the preservation of biodiversity.  In North Korea, HSF has been working with the Ministry of Land and Environmental Protection in sustainable reforestation for ten years. Due to the foundation's commitment to its work, the fulfillment of the tasks of the new center is a desirable goal, as it would contribute to inter-Korean forest cooperation and ultimately peace.