XXIII IUFRO World Congress: Forests for the Future


Seoul, Korea

Start Date:

Monday 23rd August


It is my great pleasure to welcome all of you to Korea and the XXIII World Congress of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO).
I am aware that IUFRO is one of the world's oldest and largest international institutions, which was established in 1892 and has more than 700 member institutes and universities in 110 countries. We are honored and proud to host this significant event in Seoul.
The world is now faced with challenges such as economic turbulence, scarce resources and environmental degradation caused by climate change.
These are the tasks that all of us should tackle together. In order to join the global effort, the Korean Government proclaimed "Low Carbon, Green Growth" as a new national vision on August 15th, 2008 and is exerting utmost efforts to realize the vision.
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