Millions of waterbirds depend upon the tidal mudflats or ‘getbol’ in the Republic ofKorea They rely upon the wealth of food concealed in the soft mud to refuel on their yearly movements in between reproducing premises in the north as well as non-breeding premises in Southeast Asia as well asAustralasia The birds that collect in magnificent groups on the Getbol mudflats are shared by over 20 nations along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway
Collectively the seaside areas of the Yellow Sea (or West Sea as it is understood in Korea) of the People’s Republic of China, the Democratic Republic of Korea as well as the Republic of Korea are one of the most vital hosting locations for waterbirds on the flyway. But in the last years several seaside marshes have actually been shed. Of the continuing to be tidal mudflats in the Republic of Korea, those in the Geum Estuary in Seocheon County (consisting of the low-lying island of Yubu) are one of the most vital, supplying essential roosting as well as foraging websites for several intimidated waterbirds.
The Republic of Korea has actually chosen 4 locations to be etched as a UNESCO World Heritage Site– one of the most distinguished preservation condition– in the very first stage of the ‘Getbol, Korean Tidal Flat’ serial election. At the very same time, broken down locations of mudflats are being brought back– activities that reveal that the federal government is major concerning saving seaside marshes.
The Getbol websites are not just vital for bird movement yet likewise for reproducing. It holds greater than 1% of the international populace of 9 types that are around the world intimidated with termination. This consists of Hooded Crane Grus monacha, Saunders’s Gull Saundersilarus saundersi as well as Far Eastern Curlew Numenius madagascariensis [see below], Spotted Greenshank Tringa guttifer, Great Knot Calidris tenuirostris, as well as Spoon- billed Sandpiper Calidris pygmaea Also, the Chinese Egret Egretta eulophotes as well as Black- encountered Spoonbill Platalea small type on tiny islands off the coastline as well as routinely forage on these apartments in springtime.
For the Korean Getbol to be granted World Heritage condition, the World Heritage Committee will certainly require to concur that the websites have ‘Outstanding Universal Value’ for migratory waterbirds. Also, the Republic of Korea will certainly require to expand the locations suggested in the present as well as following stage, as well as dedicate to saving the vital characteristics of the websites for generations to find. Once effective, this essential as well as irreplaceable web link in the chain of marshes will certainly be protected– a big win for flyway preservation in Asia.
Far Eastern Curlew – Endangered titan
The biggest shorebird in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway, concerning 12% of the globe Far Eastern Curlew populace (over 3,700 birds) collect yearly on the tidal apartments of the Geum Estuary as well as Yubu to refuel on their trips in between their north reproducing premises as well as Australia, where they invest the north winter season.
Hooded Crane – tourist phenomenon
Hooded Crane (Vulnerable) is just one of 8 types of crane happening inEast Asia They type in Russia as well as Mongolia as well as invest the winter season throughout the Korean Peninsula, Japan, as well as components ofChina Up to 42% of the globe populace collect in Suncheon’s marshes. Many individuals pertain to take pleasure in these magnificent parishes.
Saunders’s Gull – essential feeding terminal
The whole populace of the Saunders’s Gull (Vulnerable) type along the coastline of the Yellow Sea in between the Korean Peninsula as well as easternChina In the Republic of Korea, Saunders’s Gull types at Songdo inIncheon City In winter season, around 2,000 people depend upon Seocheon as well as Suncheon Bay.