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STORIES in Agriculture and Life Sciences

Abstract

Don Koo Lee breathed deeply and looked out into the audience of delegates to the United Nations. He leaned into the microphone and began to speak: "The core idea is that sustainable development is feasible when both developing and developed countries assume fully responsibility, share each other's burden and collaborate," Lee said as part of his address. "I believe these are the values we must continue to uphold and pursue." As minister of the Korea Forest Service, Lee ('75 MS forest biometry, '78 PhD silviculture) sought to inspire the delegates to work together in "ecosystemic development," which he and other world leaders see as a possible solution for desertification, land degradation and drought.

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