Planning and Design

Designs, plans and recommendations need to be based on good research. Our research helps us to find and recommend the best ways to conserve birds while benefiting local communities and the national interest, in accordance with existing conservation obligations (e.g. the Ramsar Convention and the Convention on Biological Diversity). For example:

  1. Multiple examples of best designs for nature reserves and protected areas from overseas are presented on our websites.

  2. Funded by the Yellow Sea Ecoregion project, we developed wise use designs for the Mokpo Namhang Urban Wetland, which we presented to Mokpo City in 2009 and introduced to a wide audience, through local events, national media and at international meetings in both 2009 and 2010.

  3. The 2010 Birds Korea Blueprint provides baseline information and a series of 22 key recommendations to enhance conservation-focussed planning.

  4. Both publicly and behind-the-scenes (with representatives from many other leading conservation organisations) we continue to recommend against unsustainable development projects such as the Incheon and Ganghwa Tidal Power Plants, and for solutions to urgent problems such as the restoration of tidal-flow to Saemangeum.

In 2013, if funding is approved we will develop more detailed recommendations to enhance the habitat and ecotourism potential of one of the nation’s most important wetlands. We also aim to support an ongoing initiative to restore a breeding population of the globally Endangered Oriental Stork back to the ROK.

In 2014, our proposed report on population change in the nation’s bird species will contain clear recommendations for use in the run-up to and at the 2014 CBD Conference by planners and decision-makers in the energy, agriculture and infrastructure sectors.