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Changwon aims to be the world’s leading environmental capital city by 2020

September 04, 2007

Changwon City (Korea) has a vision, and that is to be the world’s leading environmental capital city by 2020.

The goals are to:

  1. Make an environmentally sound and sustainable city.
  2. Build a city by considering the environment for future generations.
  3. Make an ecological city where people and nature co-exist.

Key policies of the policy are to:

  • rehabilitate ecological urban streams;
  • promote public transportation and the use of bicycles as a preferred means of transport;
  • construct a network of green tracts of land within the city;
  • conserve the Junam Reservoir and the attraction of ecological tourists;
  • establish guidelines for the development of an ecological city and the creation of an ecological model;
  • take up the challenge to generate 0% waste and promote 100% recycling;
  • create a city that consumes the least amount of fossil fuels; and
  • strengthen environmental education in schools.

Changwon will host in October 2008 the Ramsar 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties, to discuss the improved management and conservation of wetland habitats for water birds, flora and fauna all over the world.  The Ramsar Convention is an international envirionmental convention that was adopted in Ramsar (Iran) in 1971 to conserve gradually disappearing wetlands and to save the wildlife living in the wetlands.

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.

Changwon 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 go to www.iclei.org/korea.

Source:  “2008 Ramsar - COP 10 in Changwon”, Changwon brochure.