DMZ´s biodiversity and its future

BACKGROUND

The Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), a military buffer zone in the middle of the Korean Peninsula, was formed as a result of the Armistice Agreement on July 27 1953, which ended the Korean War (1950-1953). Due to the long and strong fortification against human access, the Korean DMZ and its adjacent areas now became rich habitats for a variety of plant and animal species and an important nature conservation agenda of the South Korean government.

The workshop will focus on more concrete strategies and means for developing the Korean DMZ Region, which is now a place of national division and confrontation, into a space for sustainable development in harmony between local communities and nature. The interesting discussion points may include: how can the Korea DMZ Biosphere Reserve initiative contribute to the DMZ Region’s sustainable future?; what spatial design can be envisaged to embody peace park concept in the DMZ Region?; and in what way can the international cooperation contribute to the sustainable future of the DMZ Region, especially utilizing relevant international schemes such as Biosphere Reserve.

PRESENTATION TITLES & SPEAKERS

1. Biodiversity and threats to it in the Korean DMZ region
- by Dr. Eun-jin Park, Research Fellow, Gyeonggi Research Institute, Republic of Korea
2. Promoting local participation in the DMZ region from a perspective of UNESCO’s worldwide experiences
- by Mr. Qunli Han, Director, Executive Office of Sciences, UNESCO
3. Peace Park design for the DMZ’s peace and conservation
- by Prof. Yehre Suh, Dept. of Architecture, Cornell University, U.S.A.

DISCUSSANTS

- Dr. Uwe Riecken, Director, Dept. of Biotope protection and landscape ecology, German Federal Agency for Nature
- Dr. Jeom-soo Kim, Senior Research Fellow, Research Institute for Gangwon, Korea
- Dr. Sung-yong Han, Director, Korean Otter Research Center
- Mr. Ho-sup Hwang, Director, Korea DMZ Peace-Life Valley

* The simultaneous interpretation between Korean and English will be provided.
* Please refer to the workshop programme on the document list for the time schedule.

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Korea
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