Junam Ecological Centre

Region

Asia

Country

South Korea

Flyway

East Asian - Australasian flyway

Initiative

WLI Asia

About

Changwon-city (si), Gyeongsangnam-province (do), Republic of Korea

To promote the image of Changwon-city (si), as a model of eco-city by building a network with neighbour tourist attractions

Goals of the organisation:

To understand the importance of ecological environment

To meet the needs of urban life by providing an environmentally friendly space

To appreciate the importance of nature’s ecosystem by providing an opportunity to experience the nature in the raw

To improve the living standard of citizens by creating an ecological experience spot

What we do

Running ecological learning programs including guiding (guide), education and volunteering for the visitors, neighbours and a tourist information office

Budget: 150,000,000 won(equivalent to some US$ 160,000 as of Aug. 2008)

Founded/opened: Established by Changwon-city (si) in July, 2004

Three staff work in management, guidance and sanitation divisions of the Centre.

 

 

 

 

 

Work Areas

The building of an embankment around the reservoir, Junam Reservoir, where Eco-learning Centre is located, resulted in the creation of an inland wetland along the course of Nakdong river. Besides providing agricultural water and controlling flood, it has known to the general public as a habitat for various migratory birds since the 1980s. Now Junam Reservoir has become the largest and most valuable place for birds in Korea .

A large number of water birds, like white-napped crane, spend the winter at Junam Reservoir while other birds, like white heron, come to Junam Reservoir for breeding and feeding in the summer. Junam Reservoir fulfils Criterion 5 of the Ramsar wetlands (A wetland should be considered internationally important if it regularly supports 20,000 or more water birds). Especially, it is an important wetland both internationally and domestically for crane species’ stopover and white-napped cranes’ passing the winter.
In addition, it is a distinguished tourist site where visitors can directly enjoy the wonder of nature, and the annual visitors reach 70,000.

Key species/features

About 230 species of birds have been observed at Junam Reservoir, including 24 species of natural monuments designated by the Properties Administration and 7 and 25 species of animal and plant on the first and second-classes of the endangered species list by the Ministry of Environment. Among these species, 12 species are also on the red list of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.

Annually, 10,000 – 40,000 spectacled teals and more than 30,000 wild geese are observed in Junam reservoir. In addition, there are mallards, pintails, buffle heads, spoonbills, black-faced spoobills, white-tailed eagles, falcons, kestrels, sparrow hawks, the Korean buzzards and falcated teals observed.

Facilities

A single story building with 328m2 area and the exterior of a shape of flying bird

Uses: 
Atrium lobby
Information desk and rest facilities
Guide service for visitors and providing a rest space
Exhibition room
Exhibition and audio/visual facilities
Exhibition of stuffed specimens of birds, insects and plants. Playing video clips of the birth of birds, principle of bird’s flying and ecology
Agricultural products store
Rest space
Sales of a agricultural products of Changwon area
Learning room
Education facilities
Holding eco conferences and learning events
Observatory
Bird observing facilities
Providing convenient facilities for bird observation
Lotus garden
Observing facilities
Learning facilities for wetland plants

General

1) To Become a Leading Eco-learning Centre
Creating an environmental experience program with theme of each season (according to changing season)
Developing an ecosystem program
Providing a first-hand experience program

2) Academic Research of Junam Reservoir
Securing environment specialist groups by building related networks
Carrying out the continuous research with environment divisions of Changwon-city (si)
Organizing a technical advisory committee for the pending works
Establishing a marketing strategy for informing natural assets of Dong-eup, Changwon-city (si)

3) Diversification of Roles of Visitors’ Centre by Training Eco-guiders
Field guide for the visitors by volunteers of the Ecological Centre (year-round)
materials (year-round)
Developing teaching materials of eco-learning
Ecology researches and sample surveys(year-round)
The centre facility and book management with volunteers
Organizing a study group to expand ecological infrastructure

Professional Goals

To appreciate the importance of wetlands, natural environment and life through various ecology experience and learning programs of Junam Reservoir Eco-learning Centre .
To contribute to the local economic growth by inducing more tourists

Public Relations and Evaluation

Utilizing online media, local mass media and official information board of Changwon-si
Operating a group of evaluation and surveying

Education Programs

Training local residents as a tour guide
Enhancing the local residents’ understanding of ecology and importance of Junam Reservoir through first-hand education
Operating migratory birds’ observation class in winter
Promoting the understanding of importance of nature and environment through direct and actual experiences
Wetland ecology class
Theoretical education on Junam Reservoir and its wetland. Developing daily programs

Seasonal Events

Migratory birds photo exhibition of professionals and amateurs (March to April)
Hydrophyte and water beetle exhibition (July to August)

Expertise

Cooperation with Expert Groups: All programs will be operated in cooperation with experts of environment NGOs and local universities. Also, an Advisory Committee will be organised.

Operation

Four operation plans:

Partnership

Keeping a close relationship with visitors and local residents
Inducing volunteers as many as possible
Inducing private organizations’ cooperation for developing programs and expanding exhibits
Providing local residents with economic benefits through running an agricultural products store

Vividness

Securing new exhibits
Revitalizing exhibition, experience class and education program

Impression

Maintaining the consistency of theme
Providing the visitors with the wonder of nature through migratory birds
Planning quarterly exhibition and event

Close relationship with local residents

Introducing principal products through running an agricultural products store
Inducing more tourists as an ecology tourism site
Providing local residents with a cultural event space

Contact

Contact: Mr. Kim, teajwa

E-mail address: rutila@changwon.go.kr

Address: 306-16 Woljamri, Dongeup,
Changwon-city (si), Gyeongsangnam-province
(do), South Korea

Telephone No. : +82-55-212-2792, +82-55-296-5059
Fax No. : +82-55-296-5059

Homepage: http://junam.changwon.go.kr