The Hanns Seidel Foundation Korea published a new brochure containing information such as a short introduction of the HSF Korea and how to contact us. Furthermore, it displays our project work and the goals we try to achieve in Northeast Asia.
You can also keep track on where the HSF Korea works with our map of the Korean peninsula. This publication also contains some of our current activities and how we aspire to support peace, democracy and development on the Korean Peninsula. The new design also features several pictures giving an insight into our work and our partners.
Severe deforestation in North Korea has become a major concern and focus of HSF Korea’s work on the Korean Peninsula. The bare and eroded mountain slopes and hills display the hardship that especially the rural population suffers. HSF Korea supports sustainable reforestation with a focus on capacity building and has now released a factsheet to summarize challenges, approaches, and the impact of its activities in the field of sustainable reforestation in North Korea. More...
Nature knows no manmade borders. Just how true that is becomes obvious when looking at migratory birds that are crossing the border at the demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea. The protection of migratory bird habitats is therefore also a way to connect people. HSF Korea has recently released a factsheet that summarizes the most important facts on the foundation’s transboundary nature cooperation projects in 2016. More...
The Hanns Seidel Foundation Korea published a new brochure containing information about our activities in the conservation of biodiversity and the protection of wetlands in the border regions and at the east coast of North Korea
As part of our work for sustainable development on the Korean Peninsula, HSF Korea has become increasingly involved with the conservation of biodiversity. Since 2014, we have collaborated with the Busan-based Korean NGO Birds Korea on bird surveys and public awareness work and in 2016 we became a partner to the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership, based in Incheon. More...
People and animals benefit from the existence of wetlands. They play a critical role in the natural water cycle. However, they are endangered. In the Democratic People's Republic (DPRK), an estimated 6% of all land are wetlands, an unique habitat for many species, from plants to animals like birds, fish and amphibians. Those habitats are threatened by over-exploitation, pollution, water withdrawal, and climate change. The DPRK tries to solve this problem. This project was designed to support the DPRK achieve its goals regarding the conservation of wetlands.
You can download the publication about the DPRK wetland project here.
This 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. More....
You can download the brochure about the EU-Project here.
Also, you can download the recently published brochure about the end of the project here.
Each year, the Hanns Seidel Foundation Korea conducts numerous research projects and holds several events. To keep its partners and those with an interest in the foundation's work updated, HSF Korea releases an annual booklet that summarizes all projects and events of the previous year. Recently, HSF has released the 2017 booklets.
In the Field of Forestry
In the framework of an 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.
In the Field of Wetlands and Birds
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.
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). Find out more about North Korea's accession to the Ramsar Convention here.
Every year, the HSF Korea is conducting numerous research projects and holds several events. To keep its partners and those with an interest in the foundation’s work updated, HSF Korea releases an annual booklet that summarizes all projects and events of the previous year. Recently, HSF has released the 2016 booklets on the field of forestry and on the field of wetlands and birds.