Getbol, Korean Tidal Flats

Getbol, Korean Tidal FlatsOverview

Outstanding Universal Value
of the Getbol, Korean Tidal Flats World Heritage

One of the most important and meaningful habitats for the conservation of biodiversity and especially, having an international importance as a major stopover site for globally endangered migratory waterbirds in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway.

  • Criterion : (x) Habitats for Biodiversity and Endangered Species
  • Date of Inscription : July 31, 2021
  • Names of the Inscribed sites : Seocheon County in Chungnam Province, Gochang County in Jeonbuk Province, Shinan County, Boseong County, and Suncheon City in Jeonnam Province

Overview of Getbol, Korean Tidal Flats World Heritage

Getbol, Korean Tidal Flats is a serial property, comprising four components, situated in the eastern Yellow Sea and the southwestern coast of the Korean Peninsula. The property lies at the heart of the East Asian - Australasian Flyway (EAAF), and also is visited by more than millions of migratory waterbirds every year. Getbol, Korean Tidal Flats provides habitats for migratory waterbirds an important stopover site.

The remarkable concentrations of migratory waterbirds using the components of the serial property include important numbers of globally threatened species. Some of the species are limited to the EAAF and are at risk of global extinction. Getbol, Korean Tidal Flats encompasses the East Asian - Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP) sites, Key Biodiversity Areas (KBA), Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA), UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, and Ramsar Sites. In addition, the World Heritage Promotion Team of Korean Tidal Flats, which is the dedicated management and promotion organization of the Getbol World Heritage supports the protection of the globally important populations of threatened migratory birds and have engaged in exchange activities with various international organizations including BirdLife International, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Wetland International, Common Wadden Sea Secretariat, EAAFP, etc.

The livelihoods of many local residents along the southwestern coast of the Korean Peninsula depend on the harvest of marine resources, often based on indigenous knowledge. Yet, in modern times, due to rapid industrialization and urbanization, some coastal wetlands have been reclaimed or transformed. The Gaetbeol Act* enacted in 2019 for the conservation and restoration of the tidal flats has been of great support in conserving and restoring damaged tidal flats ecosystem.
*Act on the Sustainable Management and Restoration of Tidal Flats and Adjacent Areas Thereof (the Gaetbeol Act)

Name of the Components Coordinates of the Central Point Property Area(㎢) Buffer Zone(㎢)
Seocheon Getbol 36˚02´43.01˝N
68.09 36.57
Gochang Getbol 35˚32´56.54˝N
55.31 18.80
Shinan Getbol 34˚49´43.76˝N
1,100.86 672.54
Boseong-Suncheon Getbol 34˚49´11.25˝N
59.85 18.01
Total(㎢) 1,284.11 745.92

Contributes of the Component to Each Attribute

Features of Each Component and Contribution of Each Component to Outstanding Universal Value