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The Korea Forest Service (KFS) will host the 15th World Forest Congress in 2021 so as to strengthen the international cooperation including forest restoration and combating desertification. In the Congress, the role of forests will be ever more highlighted as 2021 is the year in which the Paris Agreement will be implemented and the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Target will be evaluated.

The World Forestry Congress (WFC), the largest global gathering of foresters, has been organized since 1926 in every six years under the auspices of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). At the Congress, governments, international organizations, academia, NGOS and private sector discuss and address global forestry issues and promote international cooperation in the forest field.

At the 14th World Forestry Congress, which was held in Durban, South Africa, the KFS expressed its willingness to host the next Congress. Initially, four countries (Italy, Peru, Russia and the ROK) started bidding process but Russia did not submit its proposal to the FAO Secretariat and at the 23rd Session of the Commission on Forestry (COFO) in July 2016, and Peru dropped out of bidding.

At the COFO Session, the ROK made presentation on the proposals it submitted to the FAO Secretariat, and 25 countries showed their supports to the ROK and made interventions. And at the 155th FAO Council in December 2016, where the host county is decided, Italy pulled out and the ROK unanimously won the bid with strong support from the Council members.

The KFS has rich experience in successfully hosting a number of global conferences including the 2015 International Wildland Fire Congress, the 2011 UNCCD COP 10 and the 2010 IUFRO World Congress. The host city, Seoul is the world’s fifth most popular convention destination owing to its well-organized transportation system and excellent accommodation facilities. Now, the KFS is going to develop yearly plans (2018-2021) for the necessary arrangements including the date and programs of the Congress in accordance with the FAO World Forestry Congress guidelines.

  • KFS Minister’s presentation on Korea’s hosting of the 15th WFC at the 23rd FAO COFOKFS Minister’s presentation on Korea’s hosting of the 15th WFC at the 23rd FAO COFO
  • Invitatory Seminar for Ambassadors of FAO Council Member CountriesInvitatory Seminar for Ambassadors of FAO Council Member Countries
  • KFS Minister meets Permanent Representaive of Mali to FAO at the 23rd FAO COFOKFS Minister meets Permanent Representaive of Mali to FAO at the 23rd FAO COFO
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