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PM vows to share S. Korea's experience in forest restoration

2017/10/30 12:32

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SEOUL, Oct. 30 (Yonhap) -- Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon pledged Monday to share with the world South Korea's experience in restoring forests devastated by the 1950-53 Korean War, saying it would help cope with climate change and other environmental challenges.

Speaking at a gathering of forestry ministers from the Asia-Pacific area, Lee also called for the region to work together to prevent illegal logging through a multilateral cooperation mechanism.

"Despite the hopeless situation (following the 1950-53 Korean War), South Korea succeeded in forest restoration within less than 20 years, and in the process, South Korea received much assistance from the international community," he said at the Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Forestry of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum.

Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon speaks during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation's Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Forestry in Seoul on Oct. 30, 2017. (Yonhap) Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon speaks during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation's Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Forestry in Seoul on Oct. 30, 2017. (Yonhap)

"Protecting our forests is indispensable to securing the future of humankind, and without forests, we cannot cope with climate change and water shortages," he added.

Lee then proposed joint efforts to expand forests, fend off illegal logging, and preserve and manage existing trees effectively.

The fourth APEC forestry ministers' meeting runs through Wednesday. It seeks to promote cooperation on sustainable forest management and restoration, prevention of illegal logging and a transparent timber trade.

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