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Water and sustainable development in Korea : A country case study

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ffective management of indispensable water resources is crucial for national and regional economic growth as well as social welfare in the long run. Furthermore, ubiquity of water resources and the effects from the accelerated climate change have emphasized the importance of sustainable water environment policy for appropriate utilization of water resources. Although at present countries’ progress towards a sustainable development path is achieved by a country or an international organization, there has been lack of policy implications as a framework for monitoring and accountability for sustainable water use. This study is conducted in partnership with the United Nations University Institute of Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) in Hamilton, Canada, and United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The purpose of this study is to understand current status and national aspirations for various elements essential to sustainable water resource management and implementation resources and strategies necessary to achieve these aspirational targets. The study will offer a starting point for developing implementation plans to achieve water-related goal(s


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Title Water and sustainable development in Korea
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A country case study

Material Type Reports
Author(English)

Ahn, Jong Ho et al.

Publisher

Sejong:Korea Environment Institute

Date 2015
Series Title; No Policy Study / 2015-01
Pages 97
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
File Type Documents
Original Format pdf
Subject Industry and Technology < Energy
Territorial Development < Environment
Holding Korea Environment Institute

Abstract

Korea is located in Northeast Asia along the rim of the Pacific Ocean, where the climate is relatively warm and humid with four distinct seasons. The annual rate of precipitation is high at 1,277mm, but varies regionally, making the water resource availability also variable across the country. The seasonal variations of precipitation, on the other hand, cause a frequent flooding and
drought cycle, which is one of the main challenges of water resource management in Korea. Also climate change has been emerging as a major compounding factor for this issue, thus prompting a set of response measures to be adopted immediately. The development of water resources, which is closely linked with economic development, has always been considered as a major national agenda throughout the nation’s history. (The rest omitted)