Hankyoreh, Jul.10,2014 16:23 KST
By Kim Kyung-wook, Kim Jeong-su and Kim Kyu-won, staff reporters
Pervasive algal blooms and invasive bryozoans. Bedrock collapsing from excessive dredging. A mountain of debt for the Korea Water Resources Corporation (K-water). A host of problems are emerging with the Four Major Rivers Project, the massive effort pushed under the administration of former president Lee Myung-bak (2003-08). But the politicians, officials, and experts who pushed for the project, which started out as an idea for a “Grand Korean Waterway,” are showing no sign of regret or reflection.
Due to construction related to the Four Major Rivers project, the flow of the Nakdong River was disrupted, causing worsening algae blooms, July 30. Over the past two weeks in Changnyeong County, South Gyeongsang Province, the severity of the algae blooms has been increasing past the permissible level, leading to the first ever algae warning to be issued.
Nial Moores PhD, Birds Korea, October 2nd 2013 The Four Rivers project entailed, especially between 2009 and 2012, the deep-dredging of many hundreds of kilometres of naturally-shallow rivers and the … read more
Nial Moores PhD, Birds Korea, March 13th 2013 Ms. Kim Minseon, Program Officer of the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP), has today posted a series of excellent notes and articles … read more
After broadcasting a show praising the Saemangeum reclamation in 2010, the Discovery Channel is once again encouraging environmentally harmful development projects. Below is the transcription of an advertisement they are currently screening … read more
It is disturbing to see that certain developing countries are rushing to copy South Korea’s environmentally damaging Four Rivers project:- K-water to share experience abroad By Lee Hyo-sik Korea Times August 2012 … read more
Nial Moores, October 17th A posting to the excellent Oriental Bird Club Listserver last week invited ornithologists to download papers from Chinese Birds, said to be the only ornithological journal … read more
Nial Moores, September 14th Some folks have asked why I am not at the IUCN’s World Conservation Congress (WCC). This is an extremely hard question to answer simply. In 2008, … read more
Bird Report by Martin Sutherland and Kim Sona This is the final part of the summary of our month-long visit to South Korea between 12th December, 2011 and 10th January, … read more
Check out SAVE International’s new article in the September 2011 World Rivers Review about the threat of “Green Growth” projects. SAVE discusses the highly problematic engineering scheme, The Four Major Rivers Restoration Project, as … read more