Ramsar Gochang Tidal Flat Center




Republic of Korea


East Asian - Australasian flyway


WLI Asia


Name of organisation

Ramsar Gochang Tidal Flat Center

Funding support

Gochang County

Number of staff


Number of visitors per year

2016 : 4,880/ 2017: 10,659/ 2018 : 12,968

Overall aims of the centre

· Implementation of overall wetland conservation activities
· Research and monitoring in Gochang Tidal Flat
· Functioning as body of promoting Gochang Tidal Flat and visitors centre including exhibition
· Facilitating programs to enhance awareness on tidal flat conservation
· Coordinating for local community participatory projects and promoting ecotourism
· Branding “Tidal Flat” in general
· Building up a network (national and global)

Description of the centre

Location: Gochang county, Republic of Korea
Size of site: 64.66 km2
Types of habitats and species supported:
- Open tidal flat (Bay)
- Changes of sediments upon season are varied
- Variety of tidal flats: sand, mixed, and mud flats
Diversity of macro benthos: 255 species including three marine protected species(national).
Diversity of birds: waterfowl 90 species 18 including endangered species (Oystercatcher, Eastern Curlew, etc.)
Diversity of halophytes: 22 species including Suaeda japonica

Featured programs:
- March to April : Tidal flats are moving, “Chenier”
- May to June : Explore Manila clam (Ruditapes philippinarum)
- July to September: Land crabs, where are you going?
- October to December: Traveller: Migratory birds
- Finding treasures of Gochang Tidal Flat
- Meet your Gochang Tidal Flat in classroom
- Please take care of marine wastes
- Let’s protect Yellow sea (YSLME program)
- Other various hands-on programs

Work Areas

Main CEPA work area

- Programs for enhancing awareness
- Producing promotional materials including publications and exhibition materials
- Programs for local communities’ participation and communication
- Campaign on tidal flat branding and eco-travel program
- Capacity building program for local communities and study visit facilitation
- Ecosystem monitoring and collecting marine wastes

Top three successes

- Enhancing awareness program (diverse and fun programs)
- Tidal flat branding and eco-travel projects with local communities

Top three challenges

- Lack of human resources to deliver various program


Interpretation techniques

Creating signage / site information; Producing written materials; Using audio-visual tools

Visitor centres

Managing / creating habitat; Running a visitor centre


Working with disabled people; 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


PR and marketing; Running effective administration; Fund-raising; Project planning.


591-34 Aehyanggaetbeol-ro, Simwon-myeon, Gochang County, Jeonbuk Province, Republic of Korea.

E-mail: tidalflat@daum.net
Website: www.gochang.go.kr

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