KIFC was established on June 29, 2010, when the ROD (Record of Discussion) between the Ministry of Forestry of the Republic of Indonesia and Korean Forest Service concerning the Establishment and Operation of KIFC was signed by both sides. Establishment of KIFC was to respond the increasing cooperation projects in the field of forestry between Korea and Indonesia. Through the establishment of KIFC, it is expected that the communication between the Ministry of Forestry of the Republic of Indonesia with the Korea Forest Service to be more effective, especially in terms of implementation of projects in forestry.
Forestry cooperation between Indonesia and Korea has been a very long time, even before the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Beginning in 1968, when the Korean company, namely PT. KODECO obtain concession permit in Batu Licin- South Kalimantan with the area of 270,000 ha. This was followed by several other Korean companies, in 1970 PT. KORINDO obtain permit of 120,000 hectares in East Kalimantan, Gyeongnam Kyouk with the area of 200,000 ha in Tarakan, Haninhyungup 1973 in Central Kalimantan with the area of 100,000 hectares and Ajuimup in 1976 in West Kalimantan with the area of 115,000 ha.
Diplomatic relations between the two countries was established in September 1973. Since then the relations of cooperation between the two countries in the field of forestry continues to evolve. In 1979 was held the first meeting of the Indonesia-Korea Forestry Committee (IKFC) in Jakarta. This meeting agreed on cooperation in the fields of wood processing, where the Korea provides technicians, funding and technology, while the Indonesian supply of raw materials and processed wood products exported to Korea only.
On 20 June 1987, the two countries signed the MoU on cooperation in forestry, which includes the following activities: 1. Exchange of information and experts; 2. Mutual help investors on forestry, 3. Research and training, 4. Seminars, workshops, study visits, 5. Promotion of forestry commodities and other fields related to forestry as agreed by both parties. In this MOU the existence of IKFC also strengthened, in which each of the parties should forming a 'Forestry Committee' at the Ministerial level with the main task is giving consideration and recommendation on forestry development cooperation in each country. Since the year of 1987, IKFC meeting held every two years. The last IKFC meeting was held in 2013 in Jakarta. Some issues that was discussed at the IKFC meeting was concerning the Korean-Indonesian cooperation in the forestry sector, which so far includes the fields of wood processing, timber trade, nursery development technology, planting technology, research, adaptation to climate change, and development of human resource capacity.
On August 1, 2006 the two countries signed a Cooperation (MOU) in the field of investment on forest plantation and Afforestation / Reforestation Clean Development Mechanism (A / R CDM). The purpose of this collaboration is to develop cooperation between the private sectors of the two countries in the field of development of forest plantations in Indonesia, as the embodiment of the Kyoto Protocol. Implementation of this cooperation is manifested in the form of A / R CDM Project in Lombok.
In 2007 the cooperation in the field of forestry is further enhanced in the field of education and training, involving universities, research institutes and private forestry, and formed the IKFF (Indonesia-Korea Forest Forum) as a communication forum. At the first meeting of IKFF in 2007, it was agreed to establish three Committees, namely the Committee of Plantation Forest, Forest Protection Committee and Research Committee. At the meeting was also signed the cooperation agreement between Korea Green Promotion Agency (KGPA) with Perum Perhutani in the field of biomass energy development. The realization of this cooperation is the biomass energy development project in KPH Semarang, Central Java.
The phenomenon of the need of alternative energy and the issues of climate change in the world, causing the increasing of the need for forest biomass as a new alternative energy. Government of the Republic of Korea enacted laws on low-carbon emissions, and intensively socialize on the use of renewable energy to the people of Korea. Hence the Republic of Korea requires an assurance continuous supply of wood pellets and forest resources from abroad. To respond this issues, in 2009 the Government of the Republic of Korea and the Government of the Republic of Indonesia has signed a cooperation agreement for the development of biomass energy wood-based industry. The embodiment of this cooperation is in the form of Project in South Kalimantan, Riau, Lombok and Semarang, which is still in progress.
Through the establishment of KIFC, it is expected that the communication between the Ministry of Forestry of the Republic of Indonesia with the Korea Forest Service concerning all those projects to be more effective.