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The Tidal Flats of the Yellow Sea within the East Asia Pacific Flyway of Coastal BirdsThe Tidal Flats of the Yellow Sea within the East Asia Pacific Flyway of Coastal Birds
The tidal flats of the Yellow Sea, mainly belonging to Korea and China, are of high international importance as "refueling" site for migratory coastal birds flying between New Zealand / Australia and Northern Siberia / Alaska on the East Asia Flyway. The birds feed on the tidal flats and stockpile the energy needed to fly great distances. The flats at the west coast of South Korea are visited annually by more than a million birds of about 340 species, 34 of them globally threatened. It is therefore of great value that the government of Korea has submitted an application to UNESCO for the Tidal Flats on the southwest coast of Korea, distributed in Gomso Bay, Yeoja Bay, and Hamhae Bay (seashores) and the Sinan archipelagos, to become a World Heritage Site. The distinctive feature of Korean tidal flats on the southwest coast has attracted global attention. International discussions about and national protests against the recent embankment of 41 000 ha of tidal flats at Saemangeum have triggered an increased understanding of the global importance of these coastal habitats. It may be therefore a matter of national pride and international responsibility to protect all remaining tidal flats against any further decrease or devaluation.
Available online at: http://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/5482/
Hooded Cranes (Grus monacha), South Korea
Saemangeum embanked tidal flats to be converted into agriculture and other use, South Korea
White-fronted Geese (Anser albifrons), Seamangeum, South Korea
Saemangeum Seawall, build on cost of international important tidal flats, South Korea
Saemangeum Seawall, build on cost of international important tidal flats, South Korea
Saemangeum Seawall, build on cost of international important tidal flats, South Korea
Saemangeum embanked tidal flats to be converted into agriculture and other use, South Korea
Saemangeum Seawall, built at the expense of international important tidal flats, South Korea
Saemangeum Seawall, built at the expense of international important tidal flats, South Korea
Tidal flats, South Korea West Coast
Advertisement at Incheon Airport, South Korea, for using the embanked area of Saemangeum as "Free Economic Zone"
Saemangeum Seawall, built at the expense of international important tidal flats, South Korea
Saemangeum Seawall, built at the expense of international important tidal flats, South Korea
"Graveyard" of shellfish after the embankment of Saemangeum, South Korea
Saemangeum Barrage, South Korea
Dead Dunlin (Calidris alpina) after Embankment of Saemangeum, South Korea
"Graveyard" of shellfish after the embankment of Saemangeum, South Korea
Traditional Shellfish Harvesting on the Former Tidal Flats of Seamangeum, South Korea
Traditional Shellfish Harvesting on the Former Tidal Flats of Seamangeum, South Korea
Local fishing boat out of use after Saemangeum Embankment, South Korea
Traditional Shellfish Harvesting on the Former Tidal Flats of Seamangeum, South Korea
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