Archive For 'May, 2019'

Support the Korean Four Rivers restoration

Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 11:45 AM

The Korean Citizens’ Alliance for Re-natralizing Four Major Rivers is asking for help to promote restoration activities for the four major rivers. Currently, the Korean government is evaluating the Four Rivers Project and is planning a policy to restore naturalness of the rivers. In February, Korean government deliberated the proposal of the treatment plan to dismantle some of the dams in two of the four major rivers. The Korean government is also planning to evaluate the remaining dams of the other two rivers.

The 4 Rivers Project was launched by the former President Lee Myeong Bak 10 years ago despite oppositions of most Korean population. Through this project 18 large weirs and dams were built alongside massive dredging construction. After the Project was finished, serious environmental crisis come to reality in 4 major rivers; Wetlands and endangered species started to disappear. The bloom of toxic blue-green algae degrades water quality severely.

However, this policy is in trouble. The opposition party, which was promoting the four major rivers in the past, is strongly opposing the dismantling of dams. The plan to revive the environment of the rivers is being hampered by the interference of some political groups. The Korean NGO community would like to ask you for help to restore the four rivers. They ask your group to join in a joint statement for restoration of the Four Rivers. The support of the international NGOs will be very helpful for restoring the Four Rivers. Please consider as soon as possible whether your organisation can sign the appeal and send the confirmation of your organisation's signature hopefully  by 3rd of June. You can sign by clicking on this link.

Strategic planning continues

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 11:50 AM

WWN’s committee has met to sign-off on the completion of the 2016–2018 Strategic Plan and to start preparing for the next three years.

Meeting by Skype, the Chair, Deputy Chair, Asia Representative and West Asia Representative confirmed that WWN has accomplished most of the objectives of the 2016–2018.

  • Objective 1, Governance, 4/6 points completed
  • Objective 2, Communication and Engagement, 4/6 points completed
  • Objective 3, Ramsar Convention, 2/5 points completed
  • Objective 4, Citizen Science, 2/3 points completed

Overall the committee is satisfied with how WWN has progressed in the two years since they set out the plan; it was also a good opportunity to review our work and note the how the Network has grown in size, activity and reputation.

We are aware that there are incomplete objective points, and we will carry at least some of these over to the next strategic plan. We have started the process of creating the new plan. We aim to have the new strategic plan in place in September; but before then we invite input from all WWN members.

Please get in touch with the Deputy Chair Chris Rostron with your thoughts or ambitions for WWN’s future.