The South Korea Forest Service has announced its plans to plant 3 billion trees within the next three decades. In the program, the Korean government plans to invest 6 trillion won ($5.3 billion) to restore forests. This is part of the country’s larger plan to attain net-zero emissions by 2050.
The program will contribute to the World Economic Forum’s One Trillion Trees Initiative, which targets to grow one trillion trees globally by 2030. Even so, South Korea’s program is likely to continue after the trillion tree target has been achieved.
According to the South Korea Forest Service, the initiative will involve cutting trees that are older than 30 years and replacing them with new ones. They say that older trees have less capacity for sequestering carbon and should be replaced with new ones.
Once the project is completed, the trees will have the capacity of capturing 34 million tons of carbon emissions. In 2018, the forests in South Korea were capable of capturing 46 million tons of carbon, an equivalent of 6.3% of the country’s total emissions. The service says that if the older trees are not replaced, their capacity to sequester carbon will reduce, and they are expected to capture just 14 million tons of carbon by 2050.
The World Economic Forum’s initiative to plant a trillion trees supports the restoration of forests and prevention of deforestation. The program is led by the UN Environmental Program and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.
Several countries have already joined One Trillion Trees, with the U.S. joining last year. The U.S. is hoping to use the program to lead the way for the rest of the world in addressing the climate crisis. Senators Mike Braun and Chris Coons, co-chairs of the Senate Climate Solutions Caucus, introduced legislation in December to help the government set goals to reduce carbon emissions by restoring forests, coastal habitats and wetlands.
Via The Korea Herald
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