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Lecture on GeoPark in South Korea’s Demilitarized Zone
Monday, April 15, 2013 - 4:00pm
Lecture on GeoPark in South Korea’s Demilitarized Zone

Chanhwan Kim, Dept of Geography, Kangwon National University

GeoPark in South Korea's Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)

  • DATE:  Monday, April 15, 2013
  • TIME:  4:00 PM
  • LOCATION:  PSU Cramer Hall room CH 418

The DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) and its adjacent areas (Cross-Border Regions) in Gangwon province, the Republic of Korea, have many unique biophysical and sociocultural characteristics. Their historical assets, cultural uniqueness, and ecological resources have still remained intact and unexplored since the Korean Civil War in the early 1950s and the tension between the South and North after the war. A project on establishing the DMZ geopark as a global geopark was launched in 2010 as the Inter-Regional Cooperation and Co-Prosperity Program at the national and local level led by the Ministry of Knowledge & Economy, Gangwon Province and five local authorities (rural & peripheral regions with 140,000 residents).

This presentation will introduce main geo-scientific sites, cultural and ecological resources, training of local people, community business and regional development.

Changhwan Kim is a Professor of Geography Education, a director of GIS research center, and a director of DMZ HELP center at Kangwon National University. His research interests include Geomorphology, GIS, and Cartography. Professor Kim received a national award from the Ministry of Land and Maritime Affairs. He wrote several popular books, including Life and Geography and DMZ: Geographic Story. He currently serves as a president of the Association of Korean Photo-Geographers. Professor Kim was a visiting research professor at PSU's Department of Geography between 2004 and 2005.


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