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Korea Environmental Policy Bulletin - Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biological Resources
Republic of Korea, Ministry of Environment

After the recognition of national ownership of biological resources pursuant to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), competition between nations has been intensifying to acquire biological resources. The Korean government has increasingly recognized the importance of biological resources, and has made efforts to improve biodiversity in Korea and increase national competitiveness. In particular, the Ministry of Environment established a mid- to long-term master plan for the systematic management of biological resources on the Korean Peninsula, and performed various activities and policies for the conservation and sustainable use of biological resources : The Flora and Fauna of Korea publication project, establishment of the National Institute of Biological Resources (NIBR), effective conservation of major eco-regions, restoration of endangered species, participation program for international cooperation and so on.


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2010

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Korea Environmental Policy Bulletin - Korea’s Policies to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Daily Life
Republic of Korea, Ministry of Environment

One of the representative environmental problems these days is climate change. The reduction of the greenhouse gases from the industrial sector is important, however, the non-industrial sectors, such as homes, businesses, and transportation are also important. Understanding this necessity, the Korean government has been staging a movement to reduce greenhouse gases, through the Green Start campaign. The Green Start is driving the implementation of greenhouse gas reduction by the cooperative governance between the government, commerce, and civilian organizations. In 2009, the Korean government reaffirmed their strong will to expand the green life practice, by setting a five-year plan for green growth, in which they emphasized the Green Revolution of Life . Green life movement in Korea is implemented through the Green Start Movement, promoting green consumption, the Green Transportation Movement, reducing food waste, and making green homes. In order to motivate people to actively participate in the movement, incentives such as the carbon points systems are provided. The government plans to train leaders, construct a cyber center, and legislate necessary laws for green life and organize systems and institutions to support the movement.


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2010

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Korea Environmental Policy Bulletin - Water Quality Monitoring Using IT
Ministry of Environment Korea Environment Institute - Republic of Korea

The water quality monitoring systems based on Water Quality Tele-Monitoring System (Water TMS) and Internet Protocol-Ubiquitous Sensor Network (IP-USN) are the representative IT based water management systems in Korea. Water TMS was introduced to improve the conventional method of assessing effluent charges for facilities discharging wastewater, and can perform real time monitoring and management of discharging facilities, enabling prevention of water pollution incidents. Water TMS also effectively establishes integrated watershed management systems by monitoring point-sources, and produces the raw data required to enforce Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) in the four major rivers. Water TMS can effectively establish a monitoring system in the four major rivers and is linked with automatic water quality monitoring networks. In addition, the monitoring system based on IP-USN that has been tested in the Four Major Rivers Restoration Project, can be useful in strengthening the water pollution monitoring system, and can contribute to the building of a base infrastructure for a future advanced intelligent society.


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2010

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Tunza vol. 8.2: hazards and disasters
United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP magazine for youth.


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2010