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<< Back to: Member News: ICLEI e-News | issue 8, June - July 2007

Gwacheon protects its green environment

August 15, 2007

Gwacheon City (Korea) is a garden city with a large tree canopy, clean water and clean air.

The environmental policy of the city strives to preserve its nature while establishing efficient urban plans.

Some of the actions include enhancing the surroundings of several small streams in the city for public use.  The upper reaches of the Yangjae River have been restored; previously paved over as a parking lot, this area has been returned to nature, and the city is building a long bicycle path alongside it for commuters.

The city has already planted one million flowers and trees, and is continually planting in empty spaces throughout the city.

Because local government is tasked with service provision and ensuring that social and economic development needs within the carrying capacity of the biological resource base, local government is an important manager of global biodiversity. ICLEI has established the Local Action for Biodiversity (LAB) project to explore the best ways for local governments to engage in effective biodiversity protection, utilization and management. For more information on LAB, please visit www.iclei.org/biodiversity.

Gwacheon City is one of 32 local governments in Korea that are currently Members of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.  For more information on ICLEI and its activities in Korea, please visit www.iclei.org/korea.

Source:  “Introduction of Gwacheon City”, Gwacheon City website