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A Study on Method of Citizen Science and Improvement of Performance as a Ecosystem Conservation and Management Tool of Wetland Protected Areas (Inland Wetland) – Focused on the Target of Conservation·Management·Utilization in Wetland Protected Area Conservation Plan –

  • Journal of Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Abbr : J EIA
  • 2023, 32(6), pp.450-462
  • Publisher : Korean Society Of Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Research Area : Engineering > Environmental Engineering
  • Received : October 20, 2023
  • Accepted : December 19, 2023
  • Published : December 28, 2023

In-Ae Yeo 1 Lee, Changsu 1 Jihyun Kang 1

1국립생태원

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ABSTRACT

This study suggested methodology of Citizen Science as a tool of ecosystem conservation and management to achieve Wetland Protected Area(WPA) Conservation Plan and examined whose applicability in 3 WPAs(Jangrok of Gwangju metropolitan city, Madongho of Goseong in South Gyeongsang Province, and Incheongang estuary of Gochang in North Jeolla Province). It consists of a) figuring out main interests and stakeholder or beneficiaries of WPA and their information demand based on conservation, utilization, and management target in the WPA Conservation Plan, b) conducting research activities to gain outcome to address stakeholder’s demand, and c) returning the research outcome to citizen scientists and making diffusion to the society. Based on the suggested method and process, citizen scientists conducted ecosystem monitoring(plants including Invasive Alien Plants, terrestrial insects, traces of mammals, discovering unknown wetland). As a result, citizen scientists contributed to collecting species information of 16 plans, 43 species of terrestrial insects, 5 mammals including Lutra lutra(Endangered Species Ⅰ) and Prionailurus bengalensis(Endangered Species Ⅱ). The authors constructed and provided distribution map of Invasive Alien Plants, which included information of location and density which citizen scientists registered, for Environment Agencies and local governments who manage 3 WPAs to aid data-based ecosystem policy, In further studies, not only accumulating research data and outcomes acquired from citizen science to suffice the policy demands but also deliberate reviewing policy applicability and social·economic ripple effect should be processed for the suggested Citizen Science in WPA to be settled down as a tool of ecosystem conservation and management.

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