Nature, Recycling, Afforestation, & Green Energy

Ecological Protection Effort Yields Solid Results

Researchers from the Zoology Institute of the State Academy of Sciences measure the girth of a tree with a goshawk nest (first). Hakpongsan Wildlife Reserve, an estimated goshawk habitat, in Pongbul-ri, Thosan County, North Hwanghae Province (second).

“We have synthesized new information on nationwide wildlife protection and management by conducting a survey of 26 animal reserves covering more than 100,000 hectares across the country between May last year and April this year,” said Kim Kyong Jun, PhD and deputy director of the Zoology Institute of the State Academy of Sciences.

On the principle of designating sanctuaries afresh or increasing them, the survey was carried out mainly to ascertain animals under protection in reserves and surrounding forests and their living environment.

The surveyors observed over 40 mammalian species and 200 bird species in the reserves and confirmed that pheasant, roe deer and water deer remarkably increased in number in the areas south of the central part of the country as compared to five years ago.

They also found out 24 species of mammals such as Korean tiger, leopard, bear, red deer and musk deer and discovered the habitats of goshawk, which had been known to breed in the areas north of South Hamgyong Province, in the animal reserve of Mt Yangam in Kangwon Province and the animal reserve of Mt Hakpong in North Hwanghae Province in the central region.

On the basis of the survey, the pre-existing animal reserves were reorganized as wildlife reserves and more forest areas inhabited by animals in a concentrated way were found out to designate them as such sanctuaries. The area and form of them were rationally set in consideration of the multiplication and food chain of animals and ecological passages were opened between reserves.

Efforts have also been made to furnish wildlife reserves properly to provide animals with good living conditions.

Artificial caves, nests, grass fields and ponds have been built in larger number, arrowroot vines, hazels, cereals and other feed plants planted and salt pouches hanged on tree branches.

Such animal protection measures are contained in the law on the protection of useful animals and the law on natural reserves of the DPRK which were revised and supplemented last September.

Kim Kyong Jun referred to the need to make the wildlife protection work an undertaking involving all the people, not confining it to those in charge, saying that forest supervisory institutions should tighten legal control on forest fire and secret and indiscriminate felling and the forest restoration campaign that is conducted on an annual basis should be directed to wildlife protection.

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