Restoration, preservation and utilization of Hanon Crater

Hanon is located in Seogwipo City, Jeju Island, The Republic of Korea is the biggest crater among the monogenetic volcanoes of Jeju and the only maar volcano in Korean peninsula.

Moreover Hanon is an important natural heritage like ‘time capsule of the Earth’s climatic and ecological environment’, preserving the invaluable scientific information that reveals the process of the Earth’s climatic and ecological environmental changes through the pollens, spores, and yellow sands accumulated as thick as fifteen (15) meters inside the lake and at the wetland sediments of the crater over the last fifty thousand (50,000) years

Topographical damage continues in the area despite cessation of farming by indigenous farmers around the area, the crater lake and wetland also continues to disappear, which results in causing a serious damage of the original vegetation around the crater, and furthermore, that the area has been exposed to imminent threats from thoughtless attempts to develop the area as a sports, tourism and entertainment complex.

This forum will hopefully raise awareness of the value of the Hanon Crater and give opportunities to discuss the directions, methods, legal and institutional procedures, action plans and challenges to preserve and use it in a sustainable way after restoration.

Geographical scope:

Seogwipo, Jeju, The Republic of Korea
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