The “Nakdong Estuary Eco Centre” in Busan, South Korea, celebrated its third anniversary on 12 June


The “Nakdong Estuary Eco Centre” (NEEC), built in 2007 in Busan, South Korea, invited Ramsar’s Secretary General, Anada Tiéga, to visit its special exhibition on the occasion of the Centre’s third anniversary.

Dr Gea Jae Joo, the Honorary Director of the Ramsar Regional Centre – East Asia, contributed to the NEEC’s special exhibition on “Wetlands and Culture” by providing artefacts from his family’s private collection. Dr Joo, a long proponent of wetland culture, already donated wetland cultural artefacts to the Ramsar Cultural Centre at Junam Wetland, which opened during Ramsar’s Conference of Parties (COP10) in 2008. 

The display in the NEEC focuses on global wetland culture with seven major themes: Ugandan wetland handicrafts; wooden geese used in Korean traditional marriage ceremonies; Korean, Chinese and Japanese old wetland paintings and handicrafts; migratory birds made from Chinese horn art; traditional wetland fishing gear; waterwheels; and wetland videos. Each component of the exhibition focuses on a different aspect of wetland culture in a global context.

Mr Tiéga, who attended the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services meeting in Busan, took this occasion to visit the special exhibition at the Eco Centre. He was impressed by the exhibition’s diversity and emphasized the role of culture as a tool for Ramsar’s Communication, Education, Participation and Awareness (CEPA) programme. Mr Tiéga was equally impressed by the Centre’s facilities, which welcome 100,000 people per year.

The Secretary General added that he looks forward to seeing the NEEC become a more fundamental component of wetland education within the area and more importantly within the region. This will enhance CEPA activities within Korea and the region, which will further assist in the conservation of wetlands in Asia, he said.

Director Joo and the staff at the Ramsar Regional Centre – East Asia plan to produce a book on wetland culture that will be distributed to the CEPA focal points and to the wetland visitor centres around the world.

The Centre’s special exhibition will last for another four months. Further information on the exhibition display is available on the NEEC web site here.

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