Seoul National University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Department of Forest Sciences
For more than 20 years, Dr. Seong-il Kim has been a leading consultant in protected areas management and policy formulation in Korea. He has also played an important role in introducing ecotourism concept for first time in Korea since early 1990s. He has been a member for both Korea UNESCO MAB Committee and IUCN Korea National Committee for more than 10 years, and a founding member for Korea Protected Areas Forum.
He has been an active contributor in environmental policy through writing, public speaking, government committees, and NGOs involvement. His newspaper articles have been particularly focused on conservation activities and partnerships in Asian context. He has established a community education center in a small rural area and served a voluntary head of the center for 5 years teaching 80 local people a year. He delivers more than 10 public lectures on environmental issues every year nationally as well as internationally. He has recently elected as a president of the International Association for Protected Area Stewardship (IAPAS), and appointed as a councillor of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) councilor for recognition of his long contribution in environmental conservation.
His educational backgrounds cover from Forestry, Landscape Architecture (Seoul National University), Environmental Studies (Yale U.) and Tourism Sciences (Texas A&M U.). Currently, he is a professor of Seoul National University and a member of Presidential Committee on Green Growth.