New Forest Service chief sets out many goalsPark Jong-ho, the new head of the Korea Forest Service, said the agency will step up its smart forest management through the adoption of the latest technology including satellite imaging, big data and drones, which will prevent forest fires and help create jobs.
“Forest policies in the last 10 years have been expanding from forest welfare to tackling fine dust pollution,” said Park, whose official title is minister, after his swearing in on Friday. “Forest policies’ innovation and development of new policies need to be pursued on the foundation of solid forestry business.”
“The Korea Forest Service has specialized in forest fires, landslides and disease and pest control in the last 50 years,” Park said. “With these accumulated specialized techniques, we will modernize our countering of forest disasters through the latest technologies including the use of drones and artificial intelligence.”
He said the agency will not only ensure public safety but also win the public’s trust through meticulous management
Park said he will work on projects that create jobs while working with local governments.
“The current administration’s biggest project has been creating jobs,” Park said. “We have been able to create locally-based social economic companies. This includes expanding local jobs such as forest-related leisure sports operators that are approved by the agency.
The agency will contribute to local economies by preventing reckless development while developing and promoting tourism to benefit local communities.
Park said the agency will execute forest welfare policies that meet the public’s expectations including expanding related infrastructure while fostering various service industries that are related to forests.
“In accordance to the changing demands for clean forest products including the rise of single households and changing consumer trends, we will create a safe production, distribution and consumption system,” Park added.
BY LEE HO-JEONG [email@example.com]
with the Korea JoongAng Daily
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