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Democratic People's Republic of Korea - Overview

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Biodiversity Facts

Status and trends of biodiversity, including benefits from biodiversity and ecosystem services

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPR Korea) is located in the eastern part of the Asian continent, occupying the northern portion of the Korean peninsula, bordered by the Korean East Sea and the Korean West Sea on the eastern and western coasts, respectively... More »

Main pressures on and drivers of change to biodiversity (direct and indirect)

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

The three main factors of threats to biodiversity are the overuse of natural resources, soil erosion and the loss of water and habitat. Invasive alien species and environmental pollution also impact biodiversity to a certain extent... More »

Measures to Enhance Implementation of the Convention

Implementation of the NBSAP

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

DPR Korea updated its NBSAP in 2012, with the aim of assessing progress made in the past decade and adapting to the requirements for sustainable development in the new millennium... More »

Actions taken to achieve the 2020 Aichi Biodiversity Targets

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

Public education and awareness-raising acitivities on biodiversity-related issues are actively conducted through mass media (e.g. television, radio), festivals and celebrations... More »

Support mechanisms for national implementation (legislation, funding, capacity-building, coordination, mainstreaming, etc.)

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

The Law on Environmental Protection is the main law for environmental protection in DPR Korea. Other important laws relevant to the conservation of environment and biodiversity include, among others, the Laws on Land, Construction, Water Resources, Forest, Public Hygiene, Biosafety, and Environmental Impact Assessment... More »

Mechanisms for monitoring and reviewing implementation

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

DPR Korea attaches great attention to biodiversity conservation however biodiversity monitoring lags far behind conservation needs. The establishment of a national biodiversity monitoring system shall be accelerated and long-term biodiversity monitoring shall be carried out... More »

National Contacts

Full details of national contacts »

Convention on Biological Diversity

Mr. Yong U Kim
CBD Primary NFP
National Coordinating Committee for the Environment (NCCE)
CHM NFP

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Mr. Yong U Kim
Cartagena Protocol Primary NFP, BCH NFP

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