Habitat assessment for Sorae Wetlands Eco-Park
Marie and Dave have travelled to South Korea to provide advice on habitat improvements at Sorae Wetlands Eco-Park this week.
At the request of the University of Incheon Marine Regional Innovation System Development Agency, they will be undertaking a site assessment of the park in order to provide recommendations on habitat restoration and also advise on improvements to the existing visitor facilities, currently operated by the local city government.
The Park is located in the southeast of Incheon, close to the capital of Seoul, and used to be the nation’s largest facility to produce salt until the 1970s. The area of saltmarsh and mudflat on the estuary provides important habitat for wildlife as the ever increasing amount of development encroaches on natural habitats. It was designated as an eco-park in 2006, comprising approximately 160ha of valuable wetland habitat that is regularly used by a number of waterbird species along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway.
The park has already joined the Wetland Link International (WLI) network, aiming to promote the interaction between people and wetlands and we look forward to working with the team and local stakeholders to further facilitate improvements to the area.
We look forward to welcoming our travellers back to the office and learning more about their South Korean adventure next week! In the meantime, take a look at some more pictures of their trip here.