Korea Forest Service Minister Park Chong-ho stressed the urgency of environmental conservation in combating climate change, which he says is a real threat today.Park said efforts should not only be focused at home but also around the world.
South Korea has ranked first among 39 countries when it comes to forest expansion per hectare in the last 25 years.
Residents in rural areas are blaming solar power plants for recent landslides amid recent heavy rainfall, saying that cutting down forests to build them in mountainous areas contributed to soil erosion and flooding in their neighborhoods.
Solar power plants, often installed on deforested mountain slopes, are suspected by some experts to be linked with more frequent occurrences of landslides recently amid torrential rainfall.
The Korea Forest Service and the Ethiopian government will work together to transform degraded forests in the African country into coffee farms.