[The Hwankyung Ilbo] The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries plans to expand and designate wetland conservation areas in Seocheon mudflat in Chungcheongnam-do, Gochang mudflat in Jeollabuk-do, Shinan mudflat in Jeollanam-do, and Boseong mudflat in September.
The government has designated mudflats that are worth protecting for the conservation of coastal and marine biodiversity as wetland protection area under the Wetlands Conservation Act.
The size of the wetland protection area designated this time is about 1,185㎢, which is about twice the size of the Seoul area (605㎢). Accordingly, 57% of the total area (2,487.2㎢) of Korea's tidal flats has been designated as a wetland protection area, which is expected to strengthen conservation and management of mudflats.
The four mudflats are home to various marine life, and special protection and management were necessary especially as a habitat for legally protected species. It was also considered that these mudflats are currently seeking to register as UNESCO World Heritage.
“With the expansion of wetland protection area, we hope that the public will recognize the importance of the mudflats,” said an official from the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries. “We hope that it will be a great help to recognize the value of our mudflats globally even when applying for mudflat World Heritage listing. “
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