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Kazakhstan Officials Learn About Reforestation in Korea

October 02, 2019

Officials from Kazahkstan’s Forestry and Wildlife Committee visited Korea to participate in a customized training course, “Lessons Learned from the National Reforestation Experiences of the Republic of Korea”. The case of the ROK demonstrates that successful forest transition can be carried out in a relatively short period of time by a central authority, even with flaws in the governance structure and low levels of economic development. Sharing about the challenges faced by Korea would also help enhance the effectiveness of solutions aimed at tackling deforestation and forest degradation around the world.

The training course, held between 24 September and 1 October, intended to share best practices and draw upon Korea’s expertise in nationwide reforestation to help guide ongoing and future initiatives in Kazakhstan and contribute to the capacity development of Kazakh government officials in area of reforestation and forest rehabilitation. Aside from lectures on Korea’s national reforestation efforts, the customized course also incorporated field trips to relevant institutions such as the Baekdudaegan National Arboretum, Korea National Arboretum, National Institute of Forest Science (NIFoS) and the Saemaul Undong Memorial Hall.



Participants during the field visit to the Baekdudaegan National Arboretum and its Seed Vault

This customized training course is organized as part of the project titled “Phyto-forest melioration of the dried bottom of the Aral Sea”, a project jointly funded by the Biodiversity Conservation Fund of Kazakhstan, the Forestry and Wildlife Committee of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Korea Forest Service.

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