On 25 March, AFoCO concluded a partnership arrangement with the Korea National Arboretum. The partnership is to ignite collaboration in the holistic approach for research, science tourism potential, and utilization of arboretums and botanical gardens.
The Executive Director emphasized the connectivity of scientific research and technology on policy development and decision making.
The Korea National Arboretum (KNA) houses 15 specialized plant gardens, Forest Museum, Herbarium, and Seed Bank and also designated as a UNESCO biosphere reserve in June 2010. The KNA is composed of 1,018ha of natural forest, 100ha of specialized gardens including Forest Museum, Herbarium, Temperate House, Tropical Plant Resource Center. KNA is located in Gwangneung forest, between Namyangju-si and Pocheon-si, in Gyeonggi province. Gwangneung was a royal forest, which surrounded the tomb of King Sejo of the Joseon dynasty. Thus, it has been strictly maintained in order to minimize human disturbance over the last five hundred years.