갯벌 Korea Cooperation

갯벌 “Getbol”: Mudflats in Korea

Wadden Sea worldwide

Tidal areas and mudflats can be found almost everywhere in the world. Besides “our” Wadden Sea at the Danish-German-Dutch North Sea coast, the tidal areas of Korea belong to the largest and most important Wadden Sea ecosystems worldwide.

Unlimited Cooperation

In 2009, the Trilateral Wadden Sea Cooperation and the South-Korean Ministry for Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the mutual support in the protection of their Wadden Sea areas. Besides science, politics and management also environmental education and the development of a sustainable tourism play an important role in the exchange of knowledge and experience.

Wadden Sea education goes Far East

A first workshop of the Wadden Sea – Getbol Cooperation (“Getbol” is the Korean word for mudflats) was held in South Korea in October 2009. At this occasion, the IWSS presented its approach to an “unlimited” Wadden Sea education and the IWSS’ material, educational programmes and network activities were received with great interest by the Korean colleagues.

IWSS catches on

Many ideas and materials of the IWSS can now be taken over by the Korean “Getbol”-education initiatives, that are in several respects not yet as advanced. Workshops for Korean mudflat guides and heads of the local visitor centres are planned for 2010 and 2011 with members of the IWSS network presenting our educational programmes and jointly adapting them to the Korean situation.