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Coastal Environment Improved in DPRK

Pyongyang, August 2 (KCNA) — The coastal environment of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, a maritime nation, has been bettered as the days go by.

The government has directed many efforts to providing a clean environment to the people, thus creating beautiful coastal scenery and better environment.

The country has such institutional mechanisms as the Law on Forestry, Law on Fishery, Law on Water Resources and Law on Preventing Sea Pollution.
It has more than a thousand nature-protection reserves such as natural, plant, animal and aquatic resources reserves. Among them are over 60 sea reserves including the Ongjin aquatic resources reserve and the West Sea Barrage natural park.
The sizes of coastal residential quarters including Wonsan, Hamhung, Haeju and Nampho have been set properly and coastal towns have dispersed on a small or medium scale to protect well coastal environment and the water quality.

A lot of sanatoriums and rest homes have been built on the east coast including Sinpho, Majon, Sokhu, Hongwon, Kyongpho and Mt. Chilbo as the transparency of water there is 8-10 meters and chemical oxygen demand and biochemical oxygen demand are 3 milligrams per a liter.

In the coastal economic development such as building of industrial establishments and ports and reclamation of tideland, the primary attention has been directed to their influence on environment.

In particular, a new perspective blueprint for land development has been drawn up in 2004 and it is being implemented on a full scale, thus laying a foundation to provide a better coastal environment.

An intensive campaign for preserving and managing the coastal environment has been conducted in each period of the general mobilization for land construction. This year a vast acreage of wind break belt with halo-tolerant plants has been created in the west coastal areas including Onchon County, South Phyongan Province, and Yomju County, North Phyongan Province, and a several-hundred-meter-long breakwater built in Sinpho City, South Hamgyong Province.

With the establishment of a well-organized system for observing the coasts and territorial waters of the country, coastal environment and pollution are under regular observation and necessary steps taken.

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