tions of forests: providing timber, absorbing carbon, recharging water resources, protecting biodiversity and pursuing forest welfare. In particular, these days, an increasing number of people are interested in forests as we have recently seen many emerging issues, such as climate change, fine dust and loss of biodiversity. In this regard, national forests play more important roles than ever.

In the future, our agency will do its best to ensure that various functions of the forest can be fully implemented through afforestation, pest control, and prevention of natural disasters such as forest fires so that all people can enjoy the benefits evenly.

Also, we will become active and mutually reciprocal in engaging with local communities, relevant organizations and local governments and collecting public opinion/hearing your voices.

Thank you.

chang-sul Han

Director General of Western Regional Office of Forest Service

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