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Taeanhaean National Park re-classified into IUCN Catego...
[ Ministry of Environment ]
Feb 01, 2016
Korea National Park Service (Chairman Park Bo-hwan) announced the category of Taeanhaean National Park was shifted from Category Ⅴ (Protected Landscape/Seascape) to Category Ⅱ (National Park) under International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on January 13. In addit...
The number of visitors to National Parks stood at 4.53 ...
[ Ministry of Environment ]
Jan 22, 2016
Korea National Park Service (Chairman Park Bo-hwan) announced that the number of visitors to 21 National Parks nationwide including Jirisan National Park in 2015 reached 4.533 million, which is a 2.3 % drop from the previous year. KNPS analyzed such decline might be attributable ...
4.8% of businesses generating scattering dust breached ...
[ Ministry of Environment ]
Jan 20, 2016
The Ministry of Environment (ME), in collaboration with local governments nationwide, carried out a special inspection on 7,128 places of business that generate scattering dust including construction site from November 9 to 27, 2015. The result found that 344 places, or 4.8% of t...
Vehicle fuel of domestic oil refiners ranked top in env...
[ Ministry of Environment ]
Jan 14, 2016
Vehicle fuel (gasoline and diesel) sold by four Korean oil refinery companies in the metropolitan area during the second half of 2015 were rated on the top level with five stars (★) in the environmental quality rating. * Four Korean oil refiners:  SK Energy, GS Ca...
KEITI to revise certification criteria for Eco Mark to ...
[ Ministry of Environment ]
Jan 11, 2016
Marking the 24th anniversary of the launch of Eco Mark which has led the effort to protect the global environment, Korea Environment Industry & Technology Institute (KEITI) decided to revise the certification criteria for Eco Mark to relieve the burden of companies. * Ec...
New bacteria that lowers the toxicity of high concentra...
[ Ministry of Environment ]
Jan 07, 2016
National Institute of Biological Resources (NIBR), together with a research team led by Professor Park Soo-je of Jeju National University, announced a new type of bacteria that reduces the toxicity of arsenic from mineral residue containing high concentration arsenic. Arseni...
One individual of Asiatic Black Bear was confirmed in J...
[ Ministry of Environment ]
Jan 04, 2016
The Ministry of Environment and Korea National Park Service (KNPS) announced that one male Asiatic Black Bear captured in Jirisan National Park in September was confirmed to be a new individual of the species after genetic analysis. Accordingly, a total of 39 Asiatic Black bears ...
The 10 Best and Safest Places in National Parks to Watc...
[ Ministry of Environment ]
Dec 28, 2015
Korea National Park Service (Chairman Bohwan Park) created a list of the top 10 best and safest places in National Parks around the country to watch the sun rise and set, with 7 of them for sunrise and 3 for sunset. The service also added these places offer family-friendly ...
NIER to hold the 10th Greenhouse Gas Emissions Verifica...
[ Ministry of Environment ]
Dec 23, 2015
National Institute of Environmental Research (NIER) will hold the ‘10th Greenhouse Gas Emissions Verification Research Forum’ on December 23 at Vabien Ⅱ Hotel, Seoul with an aim to enhance the level of verification, which is essential to secure the credibility of the Emissions Tr...
ME to realize the Korean Peninsula harmoniously coexist...
[ Ministry of Environment ]
Dec 18, 2015
The Ministry of Environment (ME) set up the 3rd Master Plan on Wildlife Conservation for protecting wild flora and fauna including endangered species and conserving habitats, and reported the plan at Social Relations Minister’s Meeting chaired by Deputy Minister Hwang Woo-yea on ...