Center for Biodiversity and its Project proposals April, 2012
1.Introduction on Center for Biodiversity, State Academy of Sciences -Established on 23th March, 1989 as Department of Biological Resource Conservation, Branch Academy of Biology, State Academy of Sciences - Developed into independent Center for Biodiversity, State Academy of Sciences in April 2011
Center for Biodiversity Geographical Information Conservation Biology Restoration Ecology Landscape Ecology BCHM Mundok Ecological Observation Station Sineuiju Ecological Observation Station
Mission Regular investigation on the rare and endangered species of animals and plants across the country Researches on the conservation of biological resources Research on the environment impact assessment of the local areas Ecological assessment on the nature reserves Development of technologies for the restoration of degraded ecosystems and habitats Improvement for the agro-ecological environment Preparation of national reports and recommendations for the implementation of CBD
Research Achievements • Recommendations/measures developed for the endemic and threatened animals and plants • Comprehensive investigation, assessment on the main reserves • Zonation of reserves and designation of new reserves including Mt. Kuwol BR and Mt. Myohyang BR as international biosphere reserves • Identification of population changes of migratory birds and their flyways
Research Achievements • Restoration technology development for destroyed habitats and its application • Demonstration of community based reserve management (Restoration of Anbyon Crane Habitat Project ) • Assessment on the wetland ecosystem and preparation of National Wetland Action plan
2. Project Proposals Project 1. Establishment of Biodiversity Monitoring System Objective: To build the capacity for the improvement of conservation and management of biodiversity by establishing the biodiversity identification and monitoring system at local and national level. Activities: • Arranging the analysis and assessment of current state of biodiversity hotspots • Selecting and identifying the monitoring station sites in project areas • Providing and delivering the necessary information, software and all facilities • Arranging the national and international training for delivered software, technologies and facilities. • Arranging meetings for identification of standard monitoring indicators and method for biodiversity monitoring • Developing the biodiversity monitoring regulations and its dissemination • Arranging the workshop and study tour to review the current situation and learn the methodologies for capacity building • Arranging the training for biodiversity experts, officials in monitoring stations and rangers • Building biodiversity database in project areas and promoting their connection with National CHM. • Introducing and propagating the importance of biodiversity monitoring through mass media.
Project 2. Updating of the “Red Data Book” and capacity- buildingfor the conservation of threatened species Objective: To update the existing “Red Data Book” (animal and plant) and build the capacity for in-situ and ex-situ conservation of threatened species by assessing the priority order of threatened species conservation. Activities: • Reinvestigating and reassessing the threatened species of plant and animal • Re-identifying the priority order of threatened species conservation; • Assess the MVP of major threatened species; • Transferring the appropriate technologies for habitat diversity; • Designing the ecological corridors between habitats; • Preparing, publishing and disseminating the updated “Red Data Book” • Developing and technical transferring for captive breeding of major threatened species in botanical gardens and zoo • Establishing a species registration system for the threatened species which are ex-situ conserved; • Developing plans and framework for the return of main threatened species to nature
Project 3 Conservation of Black-faced spoonbill and cranes Objective: To identify the breeding site and improve the conservation of Black faced Spoonbill and cranes, the world threatened species. Activities: • Arranging survey on the breeding sites of black-faced spoonbill and regularly monitor and research their breeding conditions. • Investigating and improving the conservation of breeding places of black-faced spoonbill. • Re-evaluating the habitat conditions of wintering and transit area of cranes. • Improving the research on and implementation of the dispersion of wintering areas of Red crowned crane. • Improving the eco-environment of expected wintering areas of cranes. • Strengthening the legislations for the conservation of black-faced spoonbill and crane. • Creating the demonstration site of community-based reserve management.