Acting Ecological Education Center WITH EARTH

Region

Asia

Country

Republic of Korea

Flyway

East Asian - Australasian flyway

Initiative

WLI Asia-Oceania

About

Name of organisation

Acting Ecological Education Center WITH EARTH

Funding support

Project cost 150 million won/2024
(Source: Gochang-gun service project cost)

Number of staff

Three fulltime employees.

Number of visitors per year

1,500

Overall aims of the centre

  • Established by citizen activists who conduct environmental education activities in coastal and inland wetlands of Gochang-gun
  • Promote public awareness of the value of Gochang tidal flats as a World Natural Heritage Site and Ramsar Site
  • Forming eco-friendly values and practical participation of citizens through environmental education and campaigns

Description of the centre

Location: Heungdeok-myeon, Buan-myeon, Simwon-myeon, Hae-myeon, Sang-myeon, Gochang-gun
Wetland area: 1 site, Gochang tidal flat, total 63.7km2

Habitat and species status (briefly):
Representative wetlands:

  • 194 species of benthic diatoms
  • Large benthic animals 255 species: hermit crab, etc.
  • 89 species of waterbirds: storks, spoonbills, yellow-billed egrets, etc.

Work Areas

Main CEPA work area

  • Gochang Tidal Flat School: A programme to promote ecological understanding and environmental conservation awareness divided into four categories: World Natural Heritage Sites, benthic organisms, marine debris, and migratory birds [Application form] Please select or fill in the applicable options.
  • No Plastic Gochang Tidal Flat Campaign: A campaign to raise awareness about marine debris
  • Eat Well Campaign: A campaign to raise awareness of the importance of eating well in relation to the climate crisis.
  • Junior Tidepool Rangers: a programme for children to become wetland protectors
  • Marine Litter Monitoring Unit: piloting a regular marine litter monitoring unit.

Top three successes

  • Together Wetland Festa: Together Wetland Festa is an environmental festival that promotes the value of the Gochang Tidal Flat as a World Natural Heritage Site and promotes wetland conservation awareness and ecological sensitivity among children and youth through various tidal flat and migratory bird-related festival programmes.
  • Gochang Tidal Flats Birdwatching Camp: A one-day and two-night camp programme for families, including youth aged 10 and above, to birdwatch migratory birds and explore the uninhabited islands of Gochang Tidal Flats.

Top three challenges

  • Guide Training Programme: Develop and operate a training programme for tidal mudflat eco-guides
  • Visiting Gochang Tidal Flat: A marine environment education programme that goes directly to schools, which was piloted in 2023 and received a very good response and a request from the Education Support Agency to expand the programme, but is currently suspended due to budget and manpower difficulties.

Expertise

Interpretation techniques

 

Visitor centres

 

Participation

Engaging hard-to-reach groups; Engaging young people; Engaging the local community; Working with volunteers

Education and communication

Early years education; Delivering adult education; Working with primary schools; Lobbying / running campaigns; Working with secondary schools; Developing resources / materials

General

PR and marketing; Project planning.

Contact

Name: Sonha Choi
Email: withgigu@gmail.com

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