Shinan Dadohae, an archipelago in the southwestern part of the Republic of Korea, and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s Mt. Myohyang were designated as new biosphere reserves at the 21st session of the International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB-ICC), held on Jeju Island from May 25 to 29.
At the session, MAB-ICC decided to add 22 new sites from 17 countries to the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR), which now counts 553 sites in 107 countries.
The ICC set a high value on Shinan Dadohae for its role as home to a great diversity of species and as a resting place for rare migratory birds. It was also strongly praised as a place that has helped nourish and preserve traditional form of fishing and salt production. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s Mt. Myohyang was selected as a site where endangered plant and animal species under threat globally survive and flourish.
In total, there are six places are designated as biosphere reserves, including Mt. Sorak (1982), Jeju Island (2002), Mt. Baekdu (1989), and Mt. Guwol (2004) on the Korean peninsula.