The first law that entered into practice under the concept of ESSD is the 1994 Amendment to the Forest Law. Article 16 of the Forest Law stipulates regulations defining the duties of the Korea Forest Service to promote sustainable forest management.
In 2001, the 'Framework Act on Forest' was enacted replacing the existing Forest Law. Its main concept is sustainable forest management(SFM), and assessment criteria and indicators are provided as well. The Act on Promotion and Management of Forest Resources was enforced in 2006 to manage according to the criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management. Thus, a comprehensive legal framework was set to implement SFM at all levels of forest policies.