December 29, 2009 09:12
Korea has added another wetland to the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance.
The Jeju provincial government said Monday that the island's 1100 Altitude Wetland has been added to the list of internationally significant wetlands under the Ramsar Convention. The Ramsar organization also announced the new addition on its Web site.
Although located at an altitude of 1,100 m on Mt. Halla, the mountain wetland is home to plants that usually live at altitudes of 1,400 m or higher. Seeds of alpine plants were apparently swept down by rain waters and took root near the 125,500-sq.m site.
The Environment Ministry designated 1100 Altitude Wetland and Muljangori-oreum Wetland on Mt. Halla as protected areas in October. Jeju is now home to three Ramsar-listed sites, including Mulyeongari-oreum Wetland in Seogwipo which was added in 2006, and Muljangori-oreum Wetland which was added last year. 1100 Altitude Wetland is at the highest altitude among Korea's 12 Ramsar-listed sites.
"The addition of 1100 Altitude Wetland to the Ramsar list proves the value and importance of natural and environmental resources in Jeju," said Ko Chul-joo, a Jeju provincial official in charge of environmental affairs.
Named for the Iranian city where the convention was established, Ramsar is dedicated to conserving internationally important wetlands with rare species of animals and plants. As of December, 1,880 wetlands in 159 countries have been included on the list, measuring a total of 184.96 million hectares.
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