South Korea joins Central African Forest Initiative

Jan 19, 2017

Left to right: Ms. Pyunghwa Yoon, Deputy Director at KFS; Dr. Yongkwan Kim, Director General, International Affairs Bureau; Dr. Shin Won Sop Shin, Minister of the Korea Forest Service; Mr. Jan Ole Grevstad, Norway's ambassador in Seoul ; Dr. Sarwat Chowdury, UNDP Seoul Policy Centre; and Mr. Youngtae Choi, Director of the International Cooperation Division.

On 17 January, the UNDP Seoul Policy Centre took part in a high level signing ceremony of the CAFI Joint Declaration held in Daejon, whereby the Republic of Korea became the 7th donor to join the Central African Forest Initiative. The Declaration was signed by Dr SHIN Won-Sop, Minister of the Korea Forest Service, and the ceremony was also attended by Norway's Ambassador to Korea, Jan Ole Grevstad.  

CAFI is a collaborative partnership between donor partners, and six African countries who work together to emphasize the value of forests in the migration of climate change, the reduction of poverty, and in sustainable development. Launched in New York in September 2015, at the same time as the UN General Assembly adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, or the Agenda 2030, CAFI has six central African partner countries: the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

Once a place where not a single plant grew with massive landslide, flooding, and erosion leading to a loss of arable land and continuous poverty, South Korea undertook an ambitious reforestation strategy that led to significant increase in forest area and public benefits valued at over US$ 125 billion.

 South Korea joins Norway, France, the EU, the UK, Germany and the Netherlands as part of the coalition of countries or organisations willing to ensure better coordination and harmonization among themselves and to mobilize resources for the implementation of national investment frameworks developed by the Central African countries.