Does Baekdu-daegan Mountain System Has Enough Values for World Heritage Inscription?
Kim, S.I., Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea | Chang, C.S., Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea | Shadie, P., Odonata House Consulting, New South Wales, Australia | Park, S., Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea | Lee, D.H., Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea
This study was conducted to analyze the potential of Baekdu-daegan Mountain System (BDMS) in the Republic of Korea for World Heritage inscription and undertook preliminary global comparative analysis. UNEP WCMC global datasets, World Heritage global gap analyses and thematic studies conducted by IUCN were reviewed to see if the BDMS could have been identified within these as a priority area for World Heritage. With respect to potential Outstanding Universal Value this study found that the case for BDMS was weak. The BDMS lies within biogeographic regions which are already represented on the World Heritage List and at a global scale its natural values do not stand out. It was emphasized that a more fine scale analysis of the values should be undertaken. The BDMS stands out at a global scale in terms of the degree of contiguity between protected areas along its length and the legal and institutional frameworks established in the Republic of Korea. The BDMS has potential for a trans-national and serial properties along the full length of the BDMS, if two Koreas agree to work together.Show more [+] Less [-]