The Ministry of Environment (MOE) and National Institute of Environmental Research (NIER) announced on the 16th that thirty endangered species were found in northeastern part of Civil Access Control Line (CACL) after conducting a study on ecosystem of the region in 2012.
As a part of annual study on ecosystem of DMZ, the study was carried out to grasp the current condition of the ecosystem in northeast of CACL, and reflect the result in designating and managing UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, preserving the natural environment of borderland and establishing a restoration plan on key ecological axis of the Korean Peninsula.
According to the result of study, a total of 2,153 species of wildlife (798 species of plants and 1,355 species of animals) inhabit the area, which is rich in biodiversity due to forest, stream wetland and mountain wetland spread in the region.
Thirty endangered species including five Class Ⅰ Endangered Species (musk deer, goat, otter, white-tailed sea eagle and golden eagle) and twenty five Class Ⅱ Endangered Species (marten, flying squirrel, goshawk and so forth) are found to live in the area.
In particular, the musk deer which used to live across the nation is now known to inhabit DMZ and some areas near CACL due to poaching, so the area is the last bastion of biodiversity to be protected.
MOE reaffirms that the north of CACL is a repository of ecosystem and a paradise of endangered species. It will harness the result of study as a basic input for restoration project of ecological axis and designation DMZ as UNESCO Biological Reserves.