Jae-Soo Bae has served as the Director-General of the Forest Future Strategy Department at the National Institute of Forest Science (NIFoS) since 2021. Before that, he obtained his Ph.D. in Forest Policies from Seoul National University in 1997. From 2005 to 2010, he worked in the area of forest fields as part of a governmental delegation from the Republic of Korea at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). From 2010 to 2012, he worked as a Seconded Scientist at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Indonesia, in charge of the NIFoS-CIFOR Cooperative research project. Also, from 2011 to 2016, he led a feasibility study on the REDD project in the West Protection Forest Management Unit (KPHL Rinjani Barat) of Indonesia as a Principal Investigator in Lombok, Indonesia. Since 2004, he has been granted an academic writing award (2004), an academic achievement award (2005), and the Hyun Sin-Kyu academic award (2017) by the Korean Society of Forest Science, Republic of Korea.
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