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Koreas set to hold working-level talks on forestry cooperation

All News 08:29 July 04, 2018

SEOUL, July 4 (Yonhap) -- The two Koreas are set to hold working-level talks Wednesday to discuss cooperation in addressing deforestation in the North.

The meeting will begin at around 10 a.m. at the southern side of the truce village of Panmunjom.

South Korea sent a three-member delegation led by Ryu Kwang-soo, vice minister of the Korea Forest Service. His North Korean counterpart will be Kim Song-jun, a senior official at the ministry of environmental protection.

"Through today's meeting, we will discuss the overall inter-Korean cooperation in the forestry sector and consult with the North on detailed implementation methods," Ryu told reporters before leaving for the talks.

The two are expected to discuss ways, in particular, to help the North deal with deforestation problems caused by excessive logging and explore cooperation in other relevant areas, such as a technology transfer.

Observers said that a joint study could also be proposed during the talks aimed at figuring out the exact condition of the North's forestry.

No data related to the current condition of the North's forestry are available.

According to the unification ministry here, about a third of the North's forest remains destroyed as of 2008, increasing the potential risks of floods and landslides.

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