International Seminar on Marine Protected Areas in YSLME and North-East Asia

14 Jul 2017
Incheon, Republic of Korea

Ganghwa Island, located in one of tidal flats of the Han River estuary in Yellow Sea, has one of the major wetlands of the Republic of Korea called Ganghwa Maehwamareum habitat which is designated as Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Sites). Given the importance of tidal flats, the Government of the Republic of Korea is considering to register the critical areas of Ganghwa Island as the Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

In line with the objective of the North-East Asian Marine Protected Areas Network (NEAMPAN) to promote subregional cooperation on marine environment, the International Seminar on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in YSLME and North-East Asia took place on 14 July in Ganghwa Island. Co-organized by North-East Asian Marine Protected Areas Network (NEAMPAN) Secretariat and Yellow Sea Large Marine Ecosystem (YSLME) Project Management Office and co-hosted by Korea Marine Environment Management Corporation (KOEM) and Gangwha County, the Seminar facilitated experience-sharing on MPA establishment and management in North-East Asian countries including China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea. Moreover, it provided insights on MPA establishment in Gangwha Island and promoted further collaboration under NEAMPAN and YSLME. More than 70 participants including government officials, experts, local stakeholders, NGOs and international organizations attended the Seminar and field trip to the proposed eco-park site, such as breeding ground of black-faced spoonbill. The event served as the first partnership activity with YSLME which recently began its second phase.