A commemorative stamp expressing "the beginning of hope" is issued by Korea Post to make us realize the severity of the effects of desertification and once again reaffirm the importance of the forest.
Every year, forests the size of half the Korean peninsula disappears on the earth, with the arid region that accounts for 41% of the world's land mass is also gradually turning into deserts. What is more, 90% of the areas suffering from desertification are in developing countries. The international community is making concerted efforts to promote sustainable forests.
The 10th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNCCD (UN Convention to Combat Desertification), is held from October 10 to 21 in Changwon, South Gyeongsang province is the first to be held in Asia and is participated by 3,000 government representatives, international bodies, non-government organizations, etc. from 194 member countries. It is hoped that this conference can provide new momentum to the endeavors to inform the world of the increasingly hazardous desertification in Asia, and to set up an inter-country cooperation scheme to prevent desertification that is unfolding on a global level.