DPRK’s Major Wetlands Are Competent to Be Ramsar Sites

DPRK’s Major Wetlands Are Competent to Be Ramsar Sites


The DPRK is intensifying the work to protect biodiversity and ecological environment in a scientific and sustained way.

Last year and in January this year, a survey of water-birds was conducted at wetlands according to the plan of the Asian Water-bird Census (AWC). The survey proved that the major migratory bird reserves in the country are up to the standard of the Ramsar Convention.

According to Ri Chung Song, section chief at the Biodiversity Institute under the State Academy of Sciences, more than 100 000 water birds were observed in 22 areas last year, and over 144 800 water birds of about 50 species have been witnessed in 31 areas this year.

Such globally-endangered species as black-faced spoonbills, hooded cranes, swan geese, pochards and long-tailed ducks have been observed not only in the Mundok Migratory Bird Reserve registered on the list of wetlands of international importance and acceded to the Ramsar Convention but also in the Kangnyong, Kumya, Kwangpho and Tongjongho migratory bird reserves and Kumsanpho tideland, Ongjin Bay and the estuary of the Rimjin River. As a result, it was confirmed that the species and population of water birds have increased markedly.

In particular, 21 species of water birds and over 45 400 water birds were observed respectively in the Phanmun Plain and the waters off the West Sea Barrage. The facts show that the country's ecological environment and biodiversity are very favourable to their inhabitation.

The DPRK has set over 30 migratory bird reserves along the eastern and western coasts and is taking thorough measures to this end.

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