EGU24-18453, updated on 11 Mar 2024
EGU General Assembly 2024
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Oral | Wednesday, 17 Apr, 15:15–15:25 (CEST)
Room 0.16

Analysis of South Korea's 3S Forest Management Pathways for Carbon Neutrality Achievement

Mina Hong1, Jinwon Son2, Moonil Kim3, YoungJin Ko2, and Woo-Kyun Lee2
Mina Hong et al.
  • 1International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Biodiversity and Natural Resources (BNR), Laxenburg, Austria (
  • 2Department of Environmental Science and Ecological Engineering, Korea University, Seoul, Republic of Korea (;;
  • 3Department of ICT Integrated Environment, Pyeongtaek University, Pyeongtaek, Republic of Korea (

In recent years, global climate change has emerged as a critical issue, exerting widespread impacts across various sectors. In response, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has emphasized the urgency of preparing for a 2℃ temperature rise by focusing on greenhouse gas reduction strategies and the vital role of forests as carbon sinks. Aligning with international efforts, South Korea has formulated the "2050 Carbon Neutrality Strategy" and presented corresponding strategies in the forestry sector. This research utilizes the Korean Dynamic Forest Growth Model to explore forest management pathways aimed at achieving carbon neutrality through the aspects of sequestration, storage, and substitution (3S). The study incorporates climate change scenarios and forest policies to select appropriate management pathways. The assessment of various scenarios revealed that the combination of the SSP1 climate change scenario, clear-cutting, thinning of approximately 200,000 hectares, reforestation with suitable species, and ensuring a maximum forest road accessibility of 1 km produced significant and meaningful results across all three aspects of forest management (sequestration, storage, and substitution). As a result, sequestration of 28.49 million tCO2 yr-1, a storage of 2.1 billion tCO2 yr-1, and the substitution 7.92 million m3 of harvested wood products (HWP) in the 2050. Furthermore, the 3S forest management approach is expected to contribute to mitigating tree-age imbalances and provide resilience against the impacts of climate change. In conclusion, this study is meaningful in that it suggested a spatio-temporal forest management path by reflecting the environmental characteristics of Korea for achieving carbon neutrality. This is considered to be able to contribute to local government carbon neutrality achievement plans and national policies.


How to cite: Hong, M., Son, J., Kim, M., Ko, Y., and Lee, W.-K.: Analysis of South Korea's 3S Forest Management Pathways for Carbon Neutrality Achievement, EGU General Assembly 2024, Vienna, Austria, 14–19 Apr 2024, EGU24-18453,, 2024.