The EAAFP Secretariat visit to Janghang Wetland and Paju CCZ(DMZ) in RO Korea

The EAAFP Secretariat visited Flyway Network Sites Janghang Wetland and Paju CCZ (DMZ) in RO Korea on 4th and 5th in June 2019.  Janghang wetland is the new Flyway Network Site of EAAFP (EAAF143), and Paju CCZ (DMZ) is the potential Flyway Network Site.

Janghang Wetland is located in the Han River estuary at the trans-boundary between RO Korea and DPR Korea. This site is called as a ‘Korean Mangrove’ because this is the only place in RO Korea where land ecosystem and tidal flat ecosystem have a symbiotic relationship together. Janghang wetland has been designated as an EAAF Flyway Network Site (FNS, EAAF 143) in 2019. This site supports about 34,400 migratory waterbirds, and maximum number of 140,000 migratory ducks and geese. Important endangered species who visit this site are White-naped Crane , Bean Goose, Black-faced spoonbill, and Swan goose.

On 4th June, the Secretariat looked around the wetland. Mr.Kim Woon-young, Executive Director of the Climate & Environment Bureau of the Goyang City helped briefing on the wetland and Dr. DongUk Han guided the EAAFP Secretariat for looking around.

On 5th June, with guidance of Ms. Sunhee Jeon, the EAAFP Secretariat visited Odusan Unification Tower, which is the place where people can see the overall flow of the Paju National River and a glimpse of DPRK. Then, the Secretariat moved to CCZ, which is a borderline area right in front of DMZ. Although this place was a strictly restricted place, Paju KFEM and the military helped the Secretariat to get into the CCZ and its starting point. On the way, they watched various species of birds from Oriental dollarbird to Eurasian Hobby breeding in the area.

Photo: (Photo credit. EAAFP secretariat)

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