Nakdong Estuary Eco Centre (NEEC)




Republic of Korea


East Asian - Australasian flyway


WLI Asia


The Nakdon Estuary Eco Centre (NEEC) is run by the Busan Metropolitan City.

Its mission is to foster public awareness of estuary and wetland; to educate people throughout school programs, activities, guided tours, champions etc.; to manage restored wetlands of Eulsukdo (island) and Nakdong estuary; and to serve domestic and oversea tourists as ecotourism base

What we do:

Conservation and use of the Nakdong estuary; management and use of Eulsukdo Migratory Bird Park; education, exhibition, eco-tour and research of the Nakdong estuary; domestic and international network and communication about migratory birds and wetland issues; rescue, medical treatment, care, breeding and research of wildlife animals

Annual budget and visitation

2008 2,214,000,000 won (equivalent to some US$ 2,214,000). The Nakdong Estuary Eco Center funded by government (Central government 50% + Local government (Busan city) 50%)
2007. 6.12(Open) – 2007.12.31 : 74,398 (person); January 2008 to end of June 2008 : 50,006 (person)


In August 2006 the plan for Nakdong Estuary Eco Study Centre was created and in December 2005 construction started. November 2006 saw the name confirmation (Nakdong Estuary Eco Centre), with construction completed in February 2007. In june the centre was pre-open (free entrance) with a grand opening in January 2008.
Nakdong Estuary Eco Centre (NEEC) is Busan Metropolitan Government-affiliated organization. NEEC was founded at Feb. of 2007 and opened 12 Jun. of 2007.


NEEC has a staff of 24 people who are working in 3 sections.


Around 70 volunteers help this centre by educating and guiding people.

Work Areas

Eulsukdo Migratory BirdPark

This Bird Park is partly covering Nakdong Estuary Bird Habitat designated as Natural Monument (NO. 179). This bird park area was restored agricultural field and waste landfill to wetland by Busan Metropolitan Government.

Bird park is divided into 3 zones:

Zone A – Utilization/Education Zone

Zone B – Buffer(Neutral)

Zone C – Core Preservation Zone

The site is about 2.69 km2, and the main facilities include: Nakdong Estuary Eco Center, picnic field, area for outdoor activities, parking place, bird watching facilities, wood deck and boardwalk etc.

Nakdong Estuary EcoCenter(NEEC)

The Nakdong Estuary Eco Center provides ecology education for local residents, students and general public etc. It also offers various information related with wetland, estuary and conducts related studies. The building area covers 4,075m2 (3 floors). On the 1st floor is the information desk, office zone, education room(multipurpose room), volunteer room, storage, rest room, electric and machinery room etc. The 2nd floor houses the exhibition hall, bird watching platform, souvenir shop, mini library, rest room, and on the 3rd floor is a multipurpose auditorium


Plant: 324 species(include unique aquatic plants)
Common Reed (Phragmites communis), Japanese Sedge (Carex kobomugi), (Carex pumila), Bulrush (Scirpus triqueter), Bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon), Beach Pea (Lathyrus japonicus), Suaeda (Suaeda glauca) etc.

Fish: 38 species
Gray Mullet (Mugil cephalu), Dotted Gizzard Shad (Konosirus punctatu), Sea Bass (Lateolabrax japonicus), Horse Mackerel (Trachurus japonicus) etc.

Mammal: 7 species
Chinese Water Deer (Hydropotes inermis argyropu), Korean Raccon Dog (, Nyctereutes procyonoides koreensis), Siberian Weasel (Mustela sibirica) etc.

Reptile: 10 species
Korean Tiger Lizard (Eremias argus), Wolter lizard (Takydromus wolter), Grass Snake (Natrix tigrina laterali), Red-backed Ratsnake (Elaphe rufodorsata) etc.

Amphibia: 7 species
Japanese Tree frog(Hyla arborea japonica), Black-Spotted Frog (Rana nigromaculat) , Bullfrog(Rana catesbeiana) etc.

Bird: 166 species
Great cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo), Whooper Swan (Cygnus Cygnus), Bean goose (Anser fabalis), Eurasian curlew (Numenius arquata), Little tern (Sterna albifrons), Swinhoe’s Egret (Egretta eulophotes), Spoon-Billed Sandpiper (Eurynorhynchus pygmeus), Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), Black-Faced Spoonbill (Platalea minor) etc.

Nakdong estuary has been protected as a wintering grounds of waterfowl and waders in the Nakdong River delta by being designated as a Natural Monuments No.179 in 1966. It is also designated as a natural environment conservation area, ecological landscape conservation area, wetland protection area and coastal pollution special control area.

Reference: Nakdong estuary ecosystem monitering, 2003-2008, Busan Metropolitan City


CEPA (Communications, education and public awareness) activities

(1) General

Nakdong Estuary Eco Center mange and preserve restored wetlands of Eulsukdo bird park and Nakdong estuary, carry out exhibition for ecology in estuarine wetland through various visual references and diagrams, operation of study programs, interchange with other wetland visitor center domestic and international as well as research and monitering of the Nakdong estuary.

(2) Interpretation and major exhibits

– Detail of each Zone
Main contents
Central Hall
Watching man-made wetlands, birds and the Nakdong Estuarythrough CCTV

Zone 1
Understanding of wetlands and the Nakdong river as an origin of culture and history

Zone 2
Understanding the formation and features of Nakdong Estuary

Zone 3
Understanding the food chain in the Nakdong Estuary

Zone 4
Learning about the birds visiting the Nakdong Estuary

Zone 5
Room for experience-oriented learning, Mini Library, Bird Watching Platform, and Souvenir Shop
– Mini Library (2ne floor)

Classification Details:

Ecological fairy tale books and Science Books
Ecology and science books
Technical and general ecology books and Pictorial books

– Multipurpose Auditorium (3rd floor)

Classification Details:

Mini Documentaries
About 70 audiovisual materials including ones showing the Nakdong Delta, Estuarine wetland, Ecosystem and birds of Eulsukdo etc.
– Experience-oriented outdoor programs for individuals

Classification Details:

Field Trip to the Estuary
Understanding the names given to deltas in Nakdong Estuary
Aquatic insects
Learning the ecology of aquatic insects
Aquatic plants
Learning ecology of aquatic, land and plants on the shore of the estuary
Experience in tidalflat
Field trip to Shinho and Dadaepo tidalflat
Reed crafting
Crafting various things with reeds
Bird watching
Learning about Birds of passage and winter birds
Wood crafting
Crafting bird with wood
Straw crafting
Making craftwork with straw
Finding traces of wildlife animals
Finding traces of wildlife animals(footprints, feather, dung etc)
– Indoor programs for groups and individuals

Classification Details:

Making rubbings
Making copies of various plants and animals by rubbing on embossed metal plate with crayon
Watching Birds
Watching Birds through a field scope
Doing a jigsaw puzzle
Doing a jigsaw puzzle with pieces of wetland life picture
Comparing feathers
Comparing feathers of different part of bird’s body and learning about the functions of different feathers
Comparing bones of ducks and chicken
Comparing bones of ducks and chickens and learning about the features of the birds
Whistling duck call
Mimicking various sounds of birds by whistling duck call
Comparing various beaks
Understanding the relation between beaks and the sort of food eaten
Pressing stamps
Learning about various habitats of animals and plants by stamping
Performing hand dolls
Understanding estuary ecosystem by performing hand dolls
Foot printing
Classifying bird and mammal feet

(3) Formal (school and university) learning

The elementary school program is focused on experience and activity, the middle school program on research & activity. Both the elementary & middle school program are in proceeding. NEEC does not have high school & university programs but, has the making history of NEEC and Nakdong estuary explanation program for high school and university student as a custom-made program base. Each school program has textbook and teaching materials. NEEC is planning teacher training/development programs as well.

(4) Informal (general public) learning

This includes: and ecotour guide book – 1 (Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese); an eco map of Nakdong estuary – 1 (Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese); a center information leaflet – 1 (Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese); and educational material – more than 10 (Korean only, Korean and English)

(5) Professional

Special lecture – more than 2 times/year, volunteer education program – 2 times/year and wetland related professional meetings and conferences – at least 1 time/year


Director – Jeong, Youngran (e-mail:

CEPA officer Lee, Yeongae (e-mail:

Park, Sung Bae (e-mail:

Address: Nakdong Estuary Eco-Center
1207-2 Hadan-dong, Saha-gu, Busan, South Korea.

Telephone : +82-51-209-2000
FAX: +82-51-209-2099

Last name: Sung-Bae
First name: Park
Email address:
Position: CEPA program
Telephone: +82-51-209-2055 Fax: +82-51-209-2099