In recent years, experts have emphasized the critical role that reforestation may play in combating climate change. This has given rise to a slew of projects throughout the world with the objective of lowering CO2 emissions in the atmosphere through tree planting. Among these is the World Economic Forum's One Trillion Trees Initiative (https://www.1t.org/), which, as the name indicates, seeks to plant one trillion trees by 2030.
In conjunction with this program, South Korea's Forest Service (KFS) has announced intentions to plant three billion trees over the next three decades. The Korean government intends to invest around $5.3 billion in the initiative to restore forests, which it claims would help reduce approximately 34 million tons of CO2 emissions. This is part of the country's overall goal of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050. In terms of greenhouse gas emissions, the country was placed 11th in 2016.
According to KFS, some of the initiatives will entail chopping down trees older than 30 years and replacing them with new ones, based on the theory that older trees have a lower potential to absorb carbon than younger trees.
In all, the new forests will span around 2.34 million hectares (6 million acres).
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