Suncheon Designated as Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO

Suncheon Designated as Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO

South Korea now has a total of six biosphere reserves.

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The Rundown

  • Suncheon is an agricultural and industrial city in South Jeolla Province, South Korea.
  • The entire city, including the Suncheon Bay, has just been designated as a biosphere reserve.
  • Suncheon City joins the likes of Seoraksan Mountain and Jeju Island in the list of biosphere reserves in Korea.

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Suncheon: A Biosphere Reserve

Image credit:  영철 이

Image credit: 영철 이

The entire city of Suncheon, South Korea is now designated by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve. This means that it's now an internationally-recognized area that acts as a 'learning site for sustainable development', according to Korea Tourism Organization. With Suncheon's ecosystem being filled with elements of scientific interests, the locale will now be further cultivated, conserved, and studied by the local and international community to promote its biodiversity and sustainability. 

Biosphere reserves are areas comprising terrestrial, marine and coastal ecosystems. Each reserve promotes solutions reconciling the conservation of biodiversity with its sustainable use.
— UNESCO.org

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About 93,000 hectares in Suncheon City, including Suncheonman Bay, is now a biosphere reserve.

Biosphere Reserves in Korea

Aside from Suncheon City, Korea also has the following biosphere reserves:

Seoraksan Mountain

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Jeju Island

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Sinan-gun County

Image credit:  Korea.net

Image credit: Korea.net

Gwangneung Forest

Image credit:  UNESCO

Image credit: UNESCO

Gochang-gun

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