World Wetlands Day 2005 -- Republic of Korea


Dear friends from all Contracting Parties,

Ministry of Environment (MOE) in the Republic of Korea (ROK) is pleased to inform that we celebrated the 2005 WWD on 2~3 February 2005 in collaboration with Ministry of Maritime Affairs & Fisheries (MOMAF) and South Gyeongsang Province. Regarding the Ramsar Convention for the WWD since 1997, MOE and MOMAF have celebrated it alternately each year since 2002. The 4th ceremony for WWD in the ROK is MOE's turn. In line with the 2005 Ramsar slogan, "There's wealth in the wetland diversity - don't lose it!", MOE's theme is determined "Wetland diversity and wise use policy in the ROK". We want to emphasize that this ceremony is very closely related with the co-funded UNDP/GEF project, "Conservation of Globally Significant Wetlands in the ROK" and can also raise the public awareness of ROK's Wetland Conservation Policy.

The participants of this ceremony are 250 persons including a Minister of Environment, a Minister of Maritime Affairs & Fisheries, Parliamentarians, Provincial Governors of South Gyeongsang Province, Local Government Officers, NGOs, International and National wetland specialists, Local Residents and many others (Figure 1). Volunteers are scheduled to have a field excursion to the Ramsar site, Woopo wetland in the Changyeong, South Gyeongsang Province, shown in the poster and invitation card for 2005 WWD (Figures 2, 3, and 4). Detail information is in the following schedule table.

We would welcome your comments for this information.

With Best Regards,

Park, Eui-Joon, Ph.D. <>
National Program Coordinator (NPC)
UNDP/GEF National Wetland Project Management Unit
Ministry of Environment
National Institute of Environmental Research

Kyongseo-dong, Seo-goo, Inchon Metropolitan City, ROK
? +82-32-560-7286, (Fax) +82-32-562-2649


Symposium and Ceremony (2 February 2005)

Session 1
14:00~14:20 Policy Direction for Inland Wetlands Restoration of Potential Resting Rice Paddy Plains
- Mr. Jeong, Hoe-Seok (Ministry of Environment, ROK)
14:20~14:40 Current Conditions and Future Management Plan of Coastal Wetlands Conservation Areas
- Mr. Yu, Jeong-Seok (Ministry of Maritime Affairs & Fisheries)
14:40~15:00 Riverine Low Basins; Shift to Environment-Friendly Water Resources Control Policy
- Mr. Lee, Han-Se (Ministry of Construction and Transportation)
15:00~15:10 Coffee Break
15:10~15:30 Role of Local Governments for Wise Use of Regional Wetlands
- Mr. Lee, Geum-Sun (South Gyeongsang Province)
15:30~15:50 Basic Strategies to Hold 2008 Ramsar Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties in the ROK - Mr. Yoon, Sung-Yoon (Gyeongnam Development Institute)
15:50~16:10 Suggestions for Local Residents' Participation in Wetlands Conservation Activities
- Mr. Lee, In-Sik (Korean Federation for Environmental Movement in Masan-Changwon)
16:10~16:30 Current Environmental Problems and Restoration Efforts in the Kushiro Mire, the Largest Wetland in Japan - Prof. Nakamura Futoshi (Hokkaido University, Japan)
16:30~16:50 Questions and Answers

Session 2
17:00~17:10 Opening and National Ceremony
17:10~17:15 Commemorative Address - Mr. Kwak, Kyul-Ho (Minister of Environment)
17:15~17:20 Congratulatory Address - Mr. Oh, Keo-Don (Minister of Maritime Affairs & Fisheries)
17:20~17:25 Congratulatory Address - Dr. Je, Jong-Gil (Parliamentarian, ROK)
17:25~17:30 Congratulatory Address - Ms. Anne-Isabelle Degryse-Blateau (Representative of UNDP Korea)
17:30~17:35 Welcoming Address - Mr. Kim, Tae-Ho (Provincial Governor, South Gyeongsang Province)
17:35~17:55 Award Ceremony
17:55~18:00 Photographing and Closing WWD Ceremony
18:00~20:00 Dinner

Field Excursion (3 February 2005)
09:30~10:00 Move to the Field Site (Changyeong Bugok - Woopo Wetland)
10:00~12:00 Field Excursion
12:00~13:00 Dismiss after Lunch

Figure 1. VIPs in the 2005 WWD ceremony
Ms. Anne-Isabelle Degryse-Blateau is red-dressed woman, UNDP Korea representative; Mr. Kang, Moo-Hyun, Vice Minister of Maritime Affairs & Fisheries; Mr. Kim, Jong-Kyu, Magistrate of Changyeong country; Mr. Kwak, Kyul-Ho, Minster of Environment; Mr. Kim, Tae-Ho, Provincial governor; Dr. Je, Jong-Gil, Parliamentarian; Mr. Ahn, Hong-Joon, Parliamentarian is black-dress gentleman
(From left to right in the front line)

Figure 2. Poster

Figure 3. Invitation card (inside)
Figure 4. Invitation card (outside)

"There's wealth in wetland diversity
- don't lose it!"

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