Central Asia, Korea bolster forest partnership

18 August 2014

South Korea aims to bolster its forest partnership with Central Asia by sharing its forest expertise and boosting cooperation in restoring the region’s damaged forest ecosystem, the national forestry chief said.

“Central Asia is becoming an important region to South Korea as a growing number of Korean companies have been making inroads into the countries, which have abundant natural resources and high growth potential,” said Shin Won-sop, minister of the Korea Forest Service, in an interview with The Korea Herald.

“I hope the advanced forestation technology of the Korea Forest Service will be a big help to the balanced growth of the region’s economic development and environmental conservation.”

The Korea Forest Service, a government agency specializing in the country’s forestry, has carried out diverse forest restoration projects and forged partnerships with Central Asian countries in the past few years.

Last October, the agency signed a memorandum of understanding with five countries including Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan in a bid to share Korea’s forest expertise and to boost cooperation in restoring the damaged forest ecosystem in the region.

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