Tiffany Inglis & Danny Rogers, March 2010
Nial Moores, July 2006
Saemangeum in images"
Professional photographer Professor Charles Page visited Saemangeum for four consecutive springs (2005-2008) with Birds Korea to document the conversion of East Asia's most important shorebird site into a wasteland.
To see the impacts of reclamation captured photographically at:
December 22 2008:
Report warns of shorebird extinctions
April 16 2008:
Shorebird staging-sites in short supply
November 23 2008:
FEATURE-S.Korea builds city from sea at
October 26 2008:
South Korea land grab killing migratory birds
To co-incide with World Migratory Bird Day 2007 the world-renowned UK charity The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) - one of whose staff, Sarah Dawkins, has been working with Birds Korea on the Saemangeum Shorebird Monitoring Program - has just posted a press-release about the Saemangeum reclamation on their website entitled "Wildlife starves on emptied wetland".
Written in consultation with Birds Korea's Director Nial Moores, the press-release clearly stresses the disastrous effect that the reclamation has already had, and inclues the following quote from Sarah Dawkins:
"Estuaries should be fantastic places, full of the bustle of shorebirds feeding on shellfish and worms in the mud and sand. The wall has blocked the life-giving ebb and flow of the sea, boats are stranded waiting for a tide that will never come and the mudflats are strewn with mile upon mile of litter.
Saemangeum really was the jewel in the crown yet all around me the place is dying."
Saemangeum - Media Coverage in the UK
Media coverage of Saemangeum following the RSPB's press-release was been gratifyingly extensive.
In the UK alone the following online reports/articles were noted on Saturday 14th May:
The Times Online:
The Daily Telegraph website:
Lead story on BBC Online sci/nature page, the central to asia/pacific page and also on world page.
and in Spanish:
Channel 4 News website:
Additional to the online reports, several Birds Korea/SSMP members and senior RSPB staff members also recorded live radio interviews:
Sarah Dawkins [RSPB/SSMP] recorded an overnight World Service programme
Mark Avery [RSPB] recorded World Service news bulletins
Nial Moores [Birds Korea/SSMP] spoke to BBC Five Live
Sarah Dawkins [RSPB/SSMP] and Andre Farrar [RSPB] spoke to Sky News Radio.
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The Saemangeum Campaign
- Campaign Review 2006
- Shorebirds Conservation in South Korea
- Campaign Review 2005
- Dave-Parmenter’s Essay October 2005
- Desiree Vea's Report June 2005
- Images April 2005
- Reclamation Project Apr 01 2005
- Korean Media Response Feb 2005
- Campaign Review 2004
- Two of South Korea’s wetland sagas
- Campaign Update Aug 2003
- Campaign Review 2003
- Stop Saemangeum
- Campaign Update Sep 2003
- John Borowski’s Essay Aug 2003
- Campaign Update Jul 2003
- Relamation Impacts Jul 17 2003
- Herald Tribune Jul 16 2003
- Nial Moores’s Personal View Jun 2003
- 100percent reclaimed Jun 2003
- Charlie Moores’s Personal View Sep 2002
Supportes of the Saemangeum Campaign
Saemangeum Campaign News
- Campaign news from 2003
- Campaign news from 2004
- Campaign news from 2005
- Campaign news from 2006 - and announcement that the seawall has been completed
Letters supporting the Campaign
Yellow Sea/Saemangeum(-related) Reports etc
- Korean Wetlands Alliance (Edited by N.Moores) 1999. Internationally important wetlands especially as waterfowl habitat. National NGO Wetlands Report: Ramsar 1999.
- Moores, N. et al. (a 2001) Yellow Sea Ecoregion: Reconnaissance Report on Identification of Important Wetland and Marine Areas for Biodiversity. Volume 2: South Korea. Joint publication of WWF-Japan, Wetlands & Birds Korea, and Wetlands International China Program
- Moores, N. (b 2001) Internationally Significant Wetlands to be 100% Reclaimed. WWF Arctic Bulletin, No. 3.01, pp. 12-13.
- Moores, N. 1999. A survey of the distribution and abundance of shorebirds in South Korea during 1998-1999. Stilt 34: 18-29.
- Asia-Pacific Migratory Waterbird Conservation Committee (2001) Asia-Pacific Migratory Waterbird Conservation Strategy: 2001-2005. Wetlands International- Asia Pacific. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
- Barter, M.A. 2002. Shorebirds and The Yellow Sea: Importance, threats and conservation status. Wetlands International Global Series 9, International Wader Studies 12, Canberra, Australia.
- Perennou, C.P., Mundkur, T., and Scott, D.A. 1994 The Asian Waterfowl Census 1987-1991: distribution and status of Asian waterfowl.IWRB spec. Publ. No. 86. Slimbridge, UK and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
- Wells, D.R. and Mundkur, T. (eds) 1996. Conservation of Migratory Waterbirds and their Wetland Habitats in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway. Proceedings of an International Workshop, Kushiro, Japan. 28 Nov-3 Dec 1994. Wetlands International-Asia Pacific, Kuala Lumpur, Publication No.116, and International Waterfowl and Wetlands Research Bureau-Japan Committee.
- Lighthouse Foundation: FASS - For a Sustainable Saemangeum
Bird Species threatened by Saemangeum:
- Red Data Book Asia
- www.ea.gov.au/water/wetlands/mwp/yellow-sea.html - link to Mark Barter's Yellow Sea report on Environment Australia.
- Black-faced Spoonbill Website (in English)
Black-faced Spoonbill Website (in Chinese)
- Black-faced Spoonbill Conservation (English/Japanese - PDF format)
- Asia faces Bird Extinction Crisis - article on Surfbirds.com
- ThaiWaterbirds.com article on Spoon-billed Sandpiper (in Thai).
- National Geographic.com short article on Great Knot migration.
Wetland/Shorebird Conservation Organisations