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Korean, ASEAN ministers to adopt …joint declaration on forests
August 29, 2012
The Korea Herald
Forestry ministers from Korea and member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are to announce the Seoul Declaration on Forestry on Thursday, which vows cooperation on forestry maintenance, as a result of the two-day special meeting held in Seoul.
The Special ASEAN-Korea Ministerial Meeting held from Aug. 29-30 was aimed at discussing concrete measures of the Korea-ASEAN Forestry Cooperation Agreement, which came into effect on Aug.5, as well as how to promote cooperation on forestation and enhance green growth in Asia, Seoul officials said.
The meeting also commemorated the inauguration of the Asian Forest Cooperation Organization slated for early next month. AFoCO will be the first international organization dealing with forest issues in Asia.
The Korean government took the initiative in creating AFoCO as part of its global commitment to low-carbon green growth when President Lee Myung-bak proposed the idea during the ASEAN-Korea Commemorative Summit on Jeju Island in June 2009. The ASEAN-Korea Summit in Indonesia in November 2011 gave official approval to AFoCO.
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Keywords: AFoCo, ASEAN, Asia, Forest, South Korea