An internationally significant wetland

 

The Geum Estuary is the most important site for migratory shorebirds in the Republic of Korea. Located in the Seocheon County on the western coast, the Estuary hosts tens of thousands of migratory and resident shorebirds each year. The Estuary is an integral part of the East Asian-Australian Flyway (EAAF), where migratory shorebirds find rest and respite each year during their 10,000km journey from one end of the world to the other, and back again. The Estuary includes RAMSAR -listed wetlands and two Key Biodiversity Areas. Both of these classifications indicate the international significance of areas for the conservation of animals and ecosystems. Along with internationally important wetlands, Seocheon County has a distinctive local cuisine, in particular excellent seafood and the best rice wine in Korea, and a rural village lifestyle. Together, these attractions perfectly position the Geum Estuary as an ideal location for world-class eco-tourism.