February 2 is the World Wetlands Day.
The Ramsar Secretariat set “wetlands and water” as this year’s theme with a view to encouraging actions to restore them and stop their loss with a spotlight on the function of wetlands as a source of fresh water.
Korea, surrounded by the sea on three sides, has various wetlands, including tidelands, lagoons, big and small rivers and streams, reservoirs, lakes and swamps, and a lot of animals and plants relying on them.
Accordingly, the DPRK is directing efforts to the protection and management of wetlands.
The state ensures that the survey of wetlands is made on a regular basis and the work to designate and manage migratory bird (wetland) reserves is conducted scrupulously.
Last year, the Standing Committee of the Supreme People’s Assembly of the DPRK issued a decree on supplementing the issue of wetlands to the law on the nature reserves, and made surveys of migratory birds and their habitats in 31 wetlands, including the Mundok and Kumya migratory bird (wetland) reserves.
Vigorous publicity activities are waged to help people understand the importance of wetlands conservation.
Wide publicity is given to raise the public interest in and awareness about wetland reserves and migratory birds through various publications and mass media, including presentation “Mundok Migratory Bird (Wetland) Reserve–Cradle for Migratory Birds”.
The DPRK is making a contribution to the worldwide efforts for wetlands conservation as a member state of the Ramsar Convention and the East Asia-Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP).