[LETTERS TO THE EDITOR]Swamps need protectionKorea’s swamps are becoming the subject of interest in the international community as the Korean Ministry of Environment has started to manage them as a United Nations Development Programme and Global Environment Facility project.
Although major swamps in Korea have been designated as protected areas by law, in the global community, some have said there have been insufficient evaluations and preventive measures. Swamps have been home to many creatures and life forms and have prevented floods. They have provided recreational opportunities and helped clarify the water. Swamps have been especially helpful in providing material for developing biotechnologies.
Although the Korean government doesn’t have accurate figures, it is likely that more than half of the swamps in Korea have vanished. I hope that the joint international project with the United Nations will protect the rest.
by Kim Kwi-gon