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Korea Vies for More Spots on UNESCO List

News2009-06-03
Korea Vies for More Spots on UNESCO List

The government plans to have two areas in South Korea added to UNESCO’s world natural heritage list by 2012.

The Ministry of Environment said Wednesday that eleven ministries and state agencies have devised plans for enhancing the nation’s level of biodiversity and secured related approval during a Cabinet meeting.

The plans include detailed strategies for five areas, including effective preservation of the nation’s biodiversity and sustainable use of biological resources.

Under the plans, the government plans to have, by 2012, two more Korean sites added to UNESCO’s world natural heritage list.

Currently, the nation’s southern resort island of Jeju is the only Korean site on the list.

The government also plans to increase by 2011 the number of domestic wetland conservation areas to 22 from the current 12, while raising the number of Ramsar-designated wetlands to 16 from eleven.

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