• Republic of Korea

    Republic of Korea Summary EAAFP Member since: 2006 Number of EAAFP Flyway Network Sites: 17 Focal Point Contact: Mr. Jang Sung Hyun Director of Biodiversity Division Nature Conservation Bureau Ministry of Environment Email: shjang7@korea.kr Tel: +82 44 201 7245 Republic of Korea has been a Partner since 2006 (MoP1). It now has 17 Flyway Network Sites, the most recent designation being 2021, May. Republic of Korea’s importance for Key Species of the EAAFP includes breeding habitat for Black-faced Spoonbill, Saunder’s Gull (only in Songdo, Incheon on the west coast) as well as staging for many other migrating waterbirds. Incheon, in the Republic of Korea, hosted the Third Meeting of Partners, in November 2008. Read the report here. Songdo, in the Republic of Korea, hosted the Fourth Meeting of Partners, in February 2010. Read the report here. 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 SIS 2016  View View EAAF095 Junam Reservoir  SIS 2008*  View View EAAF096 Upo Wetland  SIS 2018  View View EAAF097 Nakdong Estuary  SIS  2018  View View EAAF100 Geum River Estuary  SIS 2010*  View View EAAF101 Yubu-do Tidal Flat  SIS 2011  View View EAAF107 Chilbaldo Islet  SIS 2010*  View View EAAF142 Hwaseong Wetlands  SIS 2018  View View EAAF143 Janghang Wetland  SIS 2019  View View EAAF145 Incheon Songdo Tidal Flat  SIS 2019  View View EAAF146 Aphaedo Tidal Flat  SIS 2019 View EAAF148 Daebudo Tidal Flat  SIS 2020  View View EAAF150 Ulsan Taehwa River  SIS 2021  View View   SIS indicates that the Site Information Sheet was last updated more than 6 years ago. Site Details Key Species of EAAFP in ROK Shorebird Anatidae Crane Seabird Others Curlew Sandpiper Scaly-sided Merganser Oriental Stork Dalmatian Pelican Black-faced Spoonbill Red Knot Lesser White-fronted Goose Siberian Crane Chinese Crested Tern Japanese Night-heron Great Knot Long-tailed Duck Red-Crowned Crane Relict Gull Chinese Egret Asian Dowitcher   Hooded Crane Saunders's Gull Swinhoe's Rail Far Eastern Curlew   White-naped Crane     Eurasian Curlew         Black-tailed Godwit         Spoon-billed Sandpiper         Spotted Greenshank         EAAF027 EAAF028 EAAF046 EAAF078 EAAF079 EAAF095 EAAF096 EAAF097 EAAF100 EAAF101 EAAF107 EAAF142 EAAF143 EAAF145 EAAF146 EAAF148 EAAF150 Cheorwon Basin Location: Cheorwon County, Gangwon Province (near DMZ) Coordinates (lat, long): 38.25000, 127.21667 Area: 40 ha Date of joining: 7 March 1997 Protection Status: Protected Area Other listings: Important Bird and Biodiversity Area Important for Anatidae, Cranes Important species: Anser fabalis (Bean Goose), Anser albifrons (Greater White-fronted Goose), Chen caerulescens (Snow Goose), Grus japonensis (Red-crowned Crane), Grus vipio (White-naped Crane) Site Related Activities: 1st Crane School of Cheorwon (2019) 2nd Crane School of Cheorwon (2020) Han River Estuary Location: Goyang City, Gyeonggi Province Coordinates (lat, long): 37.68920, 126.68400 Area: 381 ha Date of joining: 1997 March 07 Status: Natural Monument Other listings: Ramsar, Important Bird and Biodiversity Area Important for Shorebirds, Anatidae, Cranes Important species Limosa lapponica (Bar-tailed Godwit), Limosa limosa (Black-tailed Godwit), Tringa nebularia (Common Greenshank), Calidris alpina (Dunlin), Calidris tenuirostris (Great Knot), Pluvialis squatarola (Grey Plover), Charadrius mongolus (Lesser Sand Plover), Calidris ruficollis (Red-necked Stint), Tringa guttifer (Spotted Greenshank), Xenus cinereus (Terek Sandpiper), Numenius phaeopus (Whimbrel), Anser fabalis (Bean Goose), Anser albifrons (Greater White-fronted Goose), Aythya ferina (Common Pochard), Mergus merganser (Goosander), Grus vipio (White-naped Crane) Cheonsu Bay Location: Chungcheongnam Province Coordinates (lat, long): 36.66667, 126.40000 Area: 15,409 ha Date of joining: 14 May 1999 Protection status: Fisheries Resources Protection Area Other listings: Important Bird and Biodiversity Area Important for Shorebirds, Anatidae Important species: Limosa lapponica (Bar-tailed Godwit), Limosa limosa (Black-tailed Godwit), Tringa nebularia (Common Greenshank), Charadrius alexandrinus (Kentish Plover), Numenius phaeopus (Whimbrel), Anas formosa (Baikal Teal), Anas platyrhynchos (Mallard), Anser fabalis (Bean Goose), Grus monacha (Hooded Crane), Ciconia boyciana (Oriental White Stork), Platalea leucorodia (Eurasian Spoonbill), Platalea minor (Black-faced Spoonbill) Gumi Haepyung wetland Location: Kyungsangbuk Province Coordinates (lat, long): 36.16667, 128.38333 Area: 760.0 ha Date of joining: 2004 September 21 Status: Wildlife Reserve Area Other listings: Important Bird and Biodiversity Area Important for Cranes Important species Grus vipio (White-naped Crane), Grus monacha (Hooded Crane) Suncheon Bay Click Here to Download the FNS Cards in Flickr Location: Chollanam Province Coordinates (lat, long): 34.83333, 127.41667 Area: 28,140 ha Date of joining: 21 September 2004 Protection status: Protected Area Other listings: Ramsar Site, Important Bird and Biodiversity Area Important for Anatidae, Cranes, Shorebirds Important species Limosa lapponica (Bar-tailed Godwit), Tringa nebularia (Common Greenshank), Numenius arquata (Eurasian Curlew), Heteroscelus brevipes (Grey-tailed Tattler), Charadrius alexandrinus (Kentish Plover), Tringa guttifer (Spotted Greenshank), Xenus cinereus (Terek Sandpiper), Numenius phaeopus (Whimbrel), Grus monacha (Hooded Crane), Platalea leucorodia (Eurasian Spoonbill), Cygnus cygnus (whooper Swan), Cygnus columbianus (Tundra Swan), Grus grus (Common Crane), Haematopus ostralegus (Eurasian Oystercatcher), Numenius madagascariensis (Far Eastern Curlew), Saundersilarus saundersi (Saunders’s Gull), Falco tinnunculus (Common Kestrel), Calidris alpina (Dunlin), Tadorna tadorna (Common Shelduck), Larus ridibundus (Black-headed Gull), Antigone vipio (White-naped Crane) Junam Reservoir   Location: Gyeongnam Province Coordinates (lat, long): 35.18000, 128.41000 Area: 602 ha Date of joining: 12 September 2008 Protection status: Protected Area Other listings: Important Bird and Biodiversity Area Important for Anatidae, Cranes, and Others Important species: Anser fabalis (Bean Goose), Anas falcata (Falcated Teal), Anas formosa (Baikal Teal), Anser cygnoides (Swan Goose), Aythya baeri (Baer’s Pochard), Grus monacha (Hooded Crane), Grus vipio (White-naped Crane), Grus japonensis (Red-crowned Crane), Ciconia ciconia (White Stork), Platalea minor (Black-faced Spoonbill) Upo Wetland   Click Here to Download the FNS Cards in Flickr Click Here for Korean Version Location: Gyeongnam Province Coordinates (lat, long): 35.18000, 128.41000 Area: 854 ha Date of joining: 12 September 2008 Protection status: Protected Area Other listings: Ramsar Site, Important Bird and Biodiversity Area Important for Anatidae, Cranes, and Others Important species Anser fabalis (Bean Goose), Anas falcata (Falcated Teal), Anas formosa (Baikal Teal), Anser cygnoides (Swan Goose), Aythya baeri (Baer’s Pochard), Grus monacha (Hooded Crane), Grus vipio (White-naped Crane), Grus japonensis (Red-crowned Crane), Ciconia ciconia (White Stork), Platalea minor (Black-faced Spoonbill) Nakdong Estuary   Location: Busan Metropolitan City Coordinates (lat, long): 35.106141, 128.947787 Area: 8849 ha Date of joining: 1 May 2009 Protection status: Natural Monument Protection Area Other listings: Important Bird and Biodiversity Area Important for Shorebirds, Anatidae, Cranes, and Others Important species: Charadrius alexandrinus (Kentish Plover), Numenius arquata (Curlew), Xenus cinereus (Terek Sandpiper), Heteroscelus brevipes (Gray-tailed Tattler), Calidris alba (Sanderling), Calidris pygmaea (Spoon-billed Sandpiper), Cygnus cygnus (Whooper Swan), Anser cygnoid (Swan Goose), Anser fabalis (Bean Goose), Tadorna tadorna (Common Shelduck), Anas falcata (Falcated Teal), Anas platyrhynchos (Mallard), Aythya ferina (Pochard), Bucephala clangula (Goldeneye), Grus vipio (White-naped Crane), Grus monacha (Hooded Crane), Ciconia boyciana (White Stork), Platalea minor (Black-faced Spoonbill), Haliaeetus albicilla (White-tailed Sea Eagle), Haliaeetus pelagicus (Steller’s Sea Eagle), Aquila heliaca (Imperial Eagle), Falco peregrinus (Peregrine Falcon), Locustella pleskei (Pleske’s Grasshopper Warbler), Phalacrocorax carbo (Great Cormorant), Egretta eulophotes (Chinese Egret), Larus argentatus (Herring Gull), Saundersilarus saundersi (Saunders’ Gull), Larus relictus (Relict Gull), Sterna albifrons (Little Tern) Geum River Estuary View this post on Instagram A post shared by EAAF Partnership (@eaafp) on Mar 20, 2020 at 3:44am PDT Location: Gunsan/Seocheon Coordinates (lat, long): 36.03000, 126.79000 Area: 2185 ha Date of joining: 1 December 2010 Protection status: Protected Area Other listings: Important Bird and Biodiversity Area Important for Anatidae Important species: Anas platyrhynchos (Mallard), Anas formosa (Baikal Teal), Anser albifrons (Greater White-fronted Goose), Anser fabalis serrirostris (Tundra Bean Goose) Yubu-do Tidal Flat   Click Here to Download the FNS Cards in Flickr Location: Chungnam/Seocheon Coordinates (lat, long): 36.00100, 126.61500 Area: 900 ha Date of joining: 25 August 2011 Protection status: Protected Area Other listings: Ramsar Site, Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA) Important for Shorebirds Important species: Haematopus ostralegus (Eurasian Oystercatcher), Pluvialis squatarola (Grey Plover), Charadrius mongolus (Lesser Sand Plover), Limosa lapponica (Bar-tailed Godwit), Numenius arquata (Eurasian Curlew), Numenius madagascariensis (Far Eastern Curlew), Calidris alpina (Dunlin), Calidris pygmaea (Spoon-billed Sandpiper) Chilbado Islet   Click Here to Download the FNS Cards in Flickr Location: Chungnam/Seocheon Coordinates (lat, long): 36.00100, 126.61500 Area: 900 ha Date of joining: 25 August 2011 Protection status: Protected Area Other listings: Ramsar Site, Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA) Important for Shorebirds Important species: Haematopus ostralegus (Eurasian Oystercatcher), Pluvialis squatarola (Grey Plover), Charadrius mongolus (Lesser Sand Plover), Limosa lapponica (Bar-tailed Godwit), Numenius arquata (Eurasian Curlew), Numenius madagascariensis (Far Eastern Curlew), Calidris alpina (Dunlin), Calidris pygmaea (Spoon-billed Sandpiper) Hwaseong Wetlands Click Here to Download the FNS Cards in Flickr Click Here for Korean Version Location: Gyeonggi Province Coordinates (lat, long): 37° 3'58.45"N 126°43'58.22"E Area: 7,301ha Date of joining: October 22 2018 Protection Status: Proposed to designate as a wetland protected area Other listings: Important Bird and Biodiversity Area Important for Black-faced spoonbill, Chinese Egret, Oriental Stork, Hooded Crane and Anatidae Important species Haematopus ostralegus (Oyseter Catcher), Squatarola squatarola (Gray Plover), Charadrius mongolus (Mongolian Plover), Numenius madagascariensis (Far Eastern Curlew), Numenius arquata (Indian Curlew), Limnodromus semipalmatus (Bar-tailed Godwit), Calidris tenuirostris (Great Knot), Tringa cinereus (Terek Sandpiper), Tringa nebularia (Common Greenshank), Calidris alpipna (Red-backed Sandpiper), Tringa guttifer (Nordmann's Greenshank) Promotional Materials Hwaseong Wetlands Leaflet (2020) - Korean Janghang Wetland Click Here to Download the FNS Cards in Flickr Click Here for Korean Version (Naverblog) Location: Goyang City Coordinates (lat, long): 37° 38′ 17N / 126° 45′ 47″E Area: 749.4 hectares Date of joining: 10 May 2019 Status:  National Wetland Protected Area Other listings: Civilian Controlled Zone Important for Black-faced Spoonbill, White-naped Crane and others. Important species Grus vipio (White-naped Crane), Grus monacha (Hooded Crane), Platalea minor (Black-faced Spoonbill), Anser scygnoides (Swan Chinese Goose), Falco peregrinus (Peregrine Falcon), Haliaeetus albicilla (White-tailed Sea Eagle) Incheon Songdo Tidal Flat   Click Here to Download the FNS Cards in Flickr Click Here for Korean Version Location: Songdo-dong, Incheon Coordinates (lat, long): 37° 41'N 126°62'E (Zone 6&8), 37° 37'N 126°69'E(Zone 11) Area: 611 hectares Date of joining: 10 May 2019 Other listings: Ramsar Important for Saunders’s Gull, Black-faced Spoonbill, Far Eastern Curlew, Great Knot and others. Important species Platalea minor (Black-faced Spoonbill), Chroicocephalus saundersi (Saunders’s Gull), Calidris tenuirostris (Great Knot), Numenius madagascariensis (Far Eastern Curlew), Numenius arquata (Eurasian Curlew), Haematopus ostralegus (Eurasian Oystercatcher), Pluvialis squatarola (Grey Plover) Aphaedo Tidal Flat Click Here to Download the FNS Cards in Flickr Click Here for Korean Version (NaverBlog) Location: Shinan County, Republic of Korea Coordinates (lat, long): 34° 52′ 27˝ N, 126° 14′ 41.2˝ E(North Tidal Flat), 34° 50′ 27.2˝ N, 126° 18′ 1.7˝ S(South Tidal Flat) Area: 2,500 hectares Date of joining: 12 November 2019 Other listings:Wetland protected area and UNESCO Shinan Dadohae Biosphere Reserve Important species Egretta eulophotes (Chinese Egret), Haematopus ostralegus (Eurasian Oystercatcher) Daebudo Tidal Flat   Click Here to Download the FNS Cards in Flickr Click Here for Korean Version Location: Ansan City, Republic of Korea Coordinates (lat, long): 37° 14' 23.1"N 126° 33' 19.404"E (Sangdong Tidal Flat), 37° 12' 36.633"N 126° 34' 55.344"E (Goretburi Tidal Flat) Area: 453 hectares Date of joining: 9 May 2020 Other listings: Designated a Tidal Wetland Protected Area in 2017 under the Wetland Conservation Act of RO Korea. Also, the site is a Ramsar site. Important species Platalea minor (Black-faced spoonbill), Egretta eulophotes (Chinese Egret), Calidris tenuirostris )Great Knot), Limosa lapponica (Bar-tailed Godwit), Haematopus ostralegus (Eurasian Oystercatcher), Chroicocephalus saundersi (Saunders’s Gull), Numenius madagascariensis (Eastern Curlew) Ulsan Taehwa River Click Here to Download the FNS Cards in Flickr Click Here for Korean Version Location: Ulsan City, Republic of Korea Coordinates (lat, long): 35.554424°N, 129.272416°E (Taehwa River Midstream), 35.541184°N, 129.365933°E (Taehwa River Downstream) Area: 273 hectares Date of joining: 13 May 2021 Other listings: Designated as a national garden in 2019. Also, most areas are designated as wildlife reserves, ecological landscape conservation area, and water source conservation zones. Important species Anas poecilorhyncha (Indian Spot-billed Duck), Aythya ferina (Common Pochard), Aythya marila (Greater Scaup), Ciconia boyciana (Oriental Stork), Fulica atra (Common Coot), Histrionicus histrionicus (Harlequin Duck), Larus canus (Mew Gull), Mergellus albellus (Smew), Phalacrocorax carbo (Great Cormorant), Saundersilarus saundersi (Saunders’s Gull) Resources Promotional Videos/Websites Ulsan migratory waterbird video (Department of Environmental Ecology) - Korean Resources For pages and posts on the EAAFP site related to ROK follow search: ROK. Promotional Materials/Websites: Black-faced Spoonbills’ book of National Institute of Ecology (NIE) - Korean Korean Shorebirds - Korean Governmental Documents/ Websites: Ministry of Environment (Korean, English)  National Institute of Ecology (Korean, English) National Institute of Biological Resources (Korean, English)  National Environment Information Center (Korean)  Korean Legislation Research Institute (Korean, English)  The 4th National Biodiversity Strategy Plan (Korean)  Diversity of Korean Peninsula; Run by National Institute of Biological Resources (Korean) National Institute of Environmental Research (Korean, English)  Kim, S.B. et al., Korean Red List of Threatened Species (2014), National Institute of Biological Resources  The Fifth National Report to the Convention on Biological Diversity  Upo Marsh; run by Changnyeong-si City (Korean, Chinese, English, Japanese)  Junam Reservoir; run by Changwon-si City (Korean, Chinese, English, Japanese)  Nakdong Estuary Eco-center (Korean, Chinese, English, Japanese) Key Habitats for Waterbirds and Seabirds in Korea, National Institute of Biological Resources (English) Key Habitats for Waterbirds and Seabirds in Korea, National Institute of Biological Resources (Korean) Reports: Wise Use of the Hwaseong Wetlands Flyway Network Site: 2020 Final Report; EAAFP, Birds Korea, KFEM Hwaseong, and Hwaseong City (English; 2021. 03. 22. uploaded; this report might be revised after extra discussions) Wise Use of the Hwaseong Wetlands Flyway Network Site: 2020 Final Report; EAAFP, Birds Korea, KFEM Hwaseong, and Hwaseong City (Korean) Report about National monitoring of Black-faced Spoonbills and study on their habitats in Republic of Korea; Waterbirds Network Korea, EAAFP (English) Report about National monitoring of Black-faced Spoonbills and study on their habitats in Republic of Korea; Waterbirds Network Korea, EAAFP (Korean) The Proposal for the Management Directions for the Sustainable use of the Hwaseong Wetlands; 2021. EAAFP, KFEM Hwaseong (Korean) Latest News from Republic of Korea 2021 ICLC Global Citizen lifelong-learning Expo and Yeonsu Carbon Neutrality Declaration Namdong Reservoir visit with GCF IEU interns UNFCCC COP26 playback: Side event Financing wetlands conservation and restoration for climate benefits” UNFCCC COP26 playback: “Coast to Coast: nature-based solutions for climate, biodiversity and people” The Celebration Ceremony of Korean Getbol World Heritage Inscription Korean Government announced New Master Plan on Management and Ecological Restoration of Tidal flat and Adjacent Areas Partners engagement for UNFCCC COP26 2021 National Monitoring of Black-faced Spoonbill in Ro Korea EAAFP and Partners participated in 11th INTECOL, New Zealand EAAFP virtual engagement in IUCN World Conservation Congress


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