World Forestry Congress kicks off its 5-day run in Seoul

Student supporters of the 15th World Forestry Congress pose for a photo during a workshop held in November 2021. (KFS)

Scholar supporters of the fifteenth World Forestry Congress pose for a photograph throughout a workshop held in November 2021. (KFS)

EU Ambassadors and Korean Forest Service Minister Choi Byeong-am, front row center, pose for a photograph after a meeting held to improve international cooperation on forestry issues in May 2021. (KFS)

EU Ambassadors and Korean Forest Service Minister Choi Byeong-am, entrance row middle, pose for {a photograph} after a gathering held to enhance worldwide cooperation on forestry points in Could 2021. (KFS)

The World Forestry Congress, the world’s largest gathering of foresters, kicked off its five-day run in Seoul on Monday. The fifteenth version of the WFC will happen from Monday to Friday on the Coex in Gangnam.

The WFC is probably the most influential world forestry assembly, held each six years underneath the auspices of the Meals and Agriculture Group of the United Nations.

It’s the first time that the WFC has been held in South Korea and it’s also the primary time in 44 years that the congress has been held within the Asia-Pacific area. It was final hosted within the area by Indonesia in 1978.

The congress is designed to allow folks from the world’s forest sector to strengthen worldwide cooperation with forest supporters and associated companions. The occasion additionally functioned as a discussion board that gives contributors with alternatives to trade views and experiences on all elements of forestry and the surroundings. By sharing information and experiences, the occasion goals to assist establish actions wanted to resolve excellent points all over the world.

Korean Forest Service Minister Choi Byeong-am

Korean Forest Service Minister Choi Byeong-am

Park Eun-sik, director common of the Korea Forest Service’s worldwide affairs workplace, stated that “(The federal government) has put its finest efforts into the congress up to now two years, for which the nation might not have one other probability to host one other congress. Time.”

This 12 months’s congress is anticipated to be the most important ever, attended by round 10,000 folks, together with authorities officers, members of worldwide organizations, civic activists and teachers from over 143 nations.

KFS estimates that round 2,000 contributors will come from overseas. The variety of native contributors who’ve signed up is round 5,300 to date.

Among the many distinguished friends from overseas are the Secretary-Basic of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres. Leaders from worldwide organizations together with the Meals and Agriculture Group of the United Nations, the World Atmosphere Facility and the Worldwide Renewable Power Company may also attend the congress. Forests and associated ministries from over 40 nations will attend the occasion to debate insurance policies on forests and the surroundings.

Underneath the theme “Constructing a Inexperienced, Wholesome and Resilient Future with Forests”, the newest version of the congress will provide a singular alternative for the worldwide forestry neighborhood to contemplate the present state and way forward for world forestry, significantly within the context of local weather change, in keeping with the KFS.

The occasion will perform as a venue to debate related measures to attain sustainable improvement targets. Excessive-level conferences and particular occasions all through the congress may also grow to be areas for debate on excellent challenges comparable to world local weather change and the COVID-19 pandemic.

The congress has ready six sub-themes to deal with an important present questions on forests, via which it’ll handle the significance of restoring and preserving forests and the methods by which afforestation can play its function in carbon neutrality and in responding to local weather change.

The six sub-themes embrace, Turning the tide: Reversing deforestation and forest degradation; Nature-based options for adapting to local weather change and conserving biodiversity; The inexperienced path to progress and sustainability; Forests and human well being: revisiting the connections; Handle and talk forest data, knowledge and information; and Forests with out borders: Bettering administration and cooperation.

In the course of the occasion, South Korea may also promote its reforestation experiences to contributors from all over the world.

Based on KFS, South Korea’s reforestation success story has already been acknowledged worldwide. The nation’s reforestation because the Korean Warfare, particularly, is taken into account by many worldwide organizations to be one of the vital profitable initiatives of its type.

Earlier than 1970, forests have been destroyed as a result of the nation used timber as its essential pure useful resource. The destruction of the nation’s forests has consequently led to avalanches, floods and different disasters.

As extra folks started to understand the significance of forests, the federal government stepped up.

The federal government has taken initiatives and supported reforestation via varied insurance policies. The federal government analyzed tree survival charges in numerous areas to create a greater tree administration system. Unlawful logging was repressed. The federal government supplied incentives to civil servants based mostly on what number of timber they planted and commenced introducing eco-friendly insurance policies to develop a greater surroundings for timber to develop. To keep away from slash-and-burn agriculture, the federal government additionally supplied new settlements and jobs to farmers.

After many years of effort, South Korea has managed to revive many forests throughout the nation. A 2019 report by the Meals and Agriculture Group of the United Nations confirmed that South Korea had the very best fee of enhance in forest inventory within the Asia-Pacific area between 1990 and 2015.

South Korea’s reforestation success story was acknowledged worldwide, and KFS started to share its reforestation know-how. Within the preliminary stage, the nation shared its information with Mongolia and China, however now the nation is imparting reforestation methods to many different nations, together with Indonesia, Vietnam, Myanmar and different Southeast Asian nations, in addition to Central Asia nations. , South America and Africa.

Earlier than internet hosting the WFC this 12 months, South Korea additionally hosted plenty of worldwide forest-related congresses, such because the IUFRO World Congress in 2010, the UNCCD Congress in 2011 and the Worldwide Convention on Forest Fires in 2015.

Park stated that South Korea will do its finest to efficiently host the congress, including that the congress will assist the nation strengthen its world management within the forestry sector.

By Shim Woo-hyun ([email protected])

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