Ilsan Lake Ecological Centre

Region

Asia

Country

South Korea

Flyway

East Asian - Australasian flyway

Initiative

WLI Asia

About

 Eco Korea

Funding support: Goyang City

Number of staff: 13 (Executive Director : 1 , Eco Guide : 12)

Number of visitors per year: 800 people visit per year

Overall aims of the centre

We aim to encourage ecological education at the wetland and to maintain and manage the site’s wellbeing by monitoring living species

Description of the centre

The size of site is 1,034,000 m² which built artificially at Goyang city, Janghang-dong in 1996. Currently the total number of living species is 902 ( hydrophytic plant 61 , terrestrial plant 463 , fungi 48 , vertebrate 64 , invertebrate 266 ) which including endangered species such as Lethocerus deyrollei, Euryale ferox Salisb. and Kaloula borealis.

The attraction of the site are water lilies and lotus floating on the surface of the water from May to September.

Work Areas

Main CEPA work areas

Our main work area is about education, monitoring and protection of native species

Top three successes

Firstly, we have developed an ecological education program based on the traditional culture in Korea such as making snacks and daily necessities so that students can learn the wise use of wetlands.

Secondly, we achieved the results which are 902 species reported by regular monitoring.

Lastly, we have cooperated with government to manage living species in wetland and to train volunteers.

Top three challenges

First of all, trained volunteers moved out of the centre to get paid.

Plus, the lecture room of the centre is too small to accommodate many students. So it was difficult for staff to work indoors and also have a meeting.

Expertise

Interpretation techniques

Creating signage; site information; Producing written materials; Developing nature trails

Visitor centres

Setting up a new visitor centre; Managing / creating habitat;

Participation

Engaging young people; Engaging the local community; Working with volunteers

Education and communication

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

General

Auditing / assessing effectiveness; PR and marketing; Fund-raising; Project planning.

Contact

Seoyeong Yun

2F Daejuro 125-9, Deogyang-gu Goyang-si Gyeonggi-do, KOREA 412-250

ecoguide1@daum.net / 82-31-967-4775

Website address: www.ecoguide.or.kr