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Seoul to fund N. Korean scholars' studies in Germany

Seoul plans to provide funding for North Korean forestry specialists to study in Germany, a U.S. news report said Saturday, in its latest effort to restore deforested mountains in the North.

Under the plan, South Korea will help around 30 North Korean experts study in Germany by providing US$70,000, according to the Voice of America (VOA), which cited the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.

The specialists will visit Germany in four batches between September and November. Germany, with forests covering one-third of its area, has one of the world‘s leading forestry industries.

An FAO official told VOA that the U.N. body has been rolling out projects related to climate change and forest restoration with South Korea, and the latest move is part of those efforts. (Yonhap)