The root cause of North Korean forests becoming bald mountains
(Li Tae-kiong: Chairman of the Association of Compatriots in Japan to the North)
In his keynote speech at the 26th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26) summit, President Moon Jae-in said, “Through cooperation between South Korea and North Korea’s forests, we will reduce greenhouse gases throughout the Korean Peninsula. It is said that he revealed the concept of “going”.
Since the 2018 Inter-Korean Summit, we have established the “North-South Forest Cooperation Center” in Paju and Cheorwon, South Korea, which borders North Korea, to promote inter-Korean exchanges in the forest field such as pest outbreak prediction, diagnosis, joint control, and seedling production. proceeding. President Moon Jae-in has been thinking about regenerating the devastated North Korean forests since he took office.
However, will researching seedlings that adapt to the North Korean environment lead to the regeneration of desolate ecosystems and the reduction of greenhouse gases on the Korean Peninsula? Why was the North Korean forest devastated in the first place? If you don’t understand the reason, the “South-North Forest Cooperation Center” that was set up in Paju and Cheorwon for billions of won could be an esoragotoni.
For me, who has lived in North Korea for about 45 years, it is difficult to understand the view of the Moon Jae-in Government toward North Korea. For decades, I would like to hear only the words of North Korea and tell the truth to President Moon Jae-in, who has been involved in the democratization movement.
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Few people would eat raw corn, radish, meat, etc. as a side dish. Not only do we need to cook rice and cook the ingredients, but we also need fire to ensure heating in the winter. Whether it’s gas or electricity, or burning coal or firewood, it doesn’t change. Even in Pyongyang, the heart of North Korea, electricity is already supplied only at fixed times. In rural areas, electricity has long disappeared.
From the 1960s to the time of North Korean defectors in 2009, I have seen the Bald Mountains of North Korea every year. Coal was sometimes supplied as fuel in the early 1960s, but it became sparser year by year, and after 1990, it had to rely entirely on forests for fuel.
Initially, logging was centered on miscellaneous shrubs (trees of no economic value), but as fuel demand increased, logging began to be cut. If you peel the pine to survive, the tree will die. Peeled trees dry quickly and can easily fall down with a single ax. In this way, the speed at which forests became bald mountains increased with each passing year. North Korean forests have been stripped naked in decades, at a rate comparable to global climate change.
In addition, the devastation of forests in North Korea also solved the food problem.