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Republic of Korea - Overview

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Main References

National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (v.3)

Fifth National Report



National Websites


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.

Bridging the Asian continent and the Pacific Ocean, Korea shows diverse patterns of climate from the cold continental climate to warm oceanic climate, characterized by four distinct seasons... 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.

A major biodiversity threat on the Korean Peninsula is habitat loss from rapid urbanization and industrialization, causing the number of endangered flora and fauna to increase at a rapid rate... 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.

Korea intends to launch its third NBSAP in 2014. It has been prepared for the 2014-2018 period, following implementation of the previous version prepared for 2009-2013 which focused on the equitable sharing of benefits from biodiversity and the sustainable use of biological and genetic resources... 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.

In October 2014, Korea will host COP-12 in Pyeongchang and serve as CBD COP President for the following two-year period. Korea has proposed the establishment of the “Pyeongchang Roadmap 2020” to enhance implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi Targets, through support provided by concrete initiatives and partnerships... 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 Ministry of Environment administers 57 laws to manage overall environmental issues, 11 of which are directly related to the conservation of the environment and biological diversity... 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.

The Korea Biodiversity Observation Network (KBON) has been recently set up to monitor biodiversity, including the impacts on biodiversity due to climate change, at the national level over the long term... More »

National Contacts

Full details of national contacts »

Convention on Biological Diversity

Ms. Nana Seo
CBD Primary NFP
Mr. Jin Hur
CBD Primary NFP
Ms. Giwon Seo
CBD Primary NFP, CHM NFP, SBSTTA NFP, Protected Areas NFP, GTI NFP, Resource Mobilization FP, GSPC NFP
Mr. Won-Young Choi
CHM NFP
Mr. Young-Hyo Chang
CHM NFP
Ms. Myounghai Kwak
GTI NFP
Mr. Woon Kee Paek
GTI NFP
Mr. Chang Ho Shin
GTI NFP
Mr. Byoung-Yoon Lee
SBSTTA NFP
Mr. Jong-Hwan Lim
SBSTTA NFP, Protected Areas NFP
Mr. Cheul-ho Lee
GSPC NFP
Ms. Jung-Mi Park
GSPC NFP
Mr. Kyoungpyo Hong
Protected Areas NFP

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Ms. Nana Seo
Cartagena Protocol Primary NFP
Mr. Ho-Min Jang
BCH NFP

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