Monitoring of Tidal Flats and Waterbirds in New Songdo City, ROK, by Local Students

We work in New Songdo City, Incheon City, built on recently reclaimed tidal flats. At Chadwick International School, our seventh grade students are studying the effects of ongoing reclamation of tidal flats on waterbirds, in particular the locally breeding but globally Endangered Black-faced Spoonbill, Platalea minor. We are collaborating with a local NGO, the Incheon Black Faced Spoonbill Network (IBFSN) to perform year round avian surveys of three waterbird habitats, including the remaining Songdo tidal flats. Our research is also being advised by Birds Korea (whose Director is an IUCN Species Survival Commission member), Mr. Doug Watkins of Wetlands International Oceania and by an academic at Yonsei University (Seoul), the latter for assessments of water quality at each of our sites. Our poster will display ecological data and a timeline of development activity in New Songdo City, relating these to existing conservation initiatives (e.g. the work of the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership office, housed at Songdo; resolutions of the Ramsar Convention; and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets). Based on the students┬┤ own research, the poster will provide recommendations on how to conserve important habitat while addressing societal demands (i.e. "green growth").

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Songdo-dong, Incheon, South Korea
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