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Act on the Promotion of and Support for Environmental Education
  • Date2023-12-28 14:37
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                                                                                                                                                               Wholly Amended by Act No. 17854, Jan. 5, 2021

Lastly Amended byAct No. 18918, jun. 10, 2022

 

 

Article 1 (Purpose)

The purpose of this Act is to contribute to the conservation of the environment and the sustainable development of the State and local communities by prescribing matters necessary for the promotion of and support for environmental education, ensuring the right of all citizens to learn about the environment and equipping them with the knowledge and capabilities to effectively prevent and solve various environmental problems such as climate change.


Article 2 (Definitions)

The terms used in this Act are defined as follows:

1. The term "environmental education" means education that enables citizens to understand the importance of the environment and to practice the conservation and improvement of the environment with knowledge, skills, attitudes, values, etc. required for the conservation and improvement of the environment;

2. The term "school environmental education" means environmental education provided to students in any of the following schools or corporations:

  (a) A kindergarten defined in subparagraph 2 of Article 2 of the Early Childhood Education Act;

  (b) A school under Article 2 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act;

  (c) A school under Article 2 of the Higher Education Act;

  (d) The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology under the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology Act, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology under the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology Act, Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology Act under the Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology Act, and Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology under the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology Act;

3. The term "social environmental education" means environmental education other than school environmental education.


Article 3 (Relationship to Other Statutes)

Except as otherwise provided in other statutes, this Act shall apply to environmental education.


Article 4 (Responsibilities)

(1) The State and local governments shall formulate and implement policies for promoting environmental education and support activities related thereto in the private sector.

(2) The head of a school under subparagraph 2 (b) of Article 2 shall endeavor to revitalize the operation of the environmental education curriculum to the extent appropriate to the educational conditions of the school.

(3) Business entities shall endeavor to provide necessary environmental education to improve environmental knowledge and skills related to work.

(4) All citizens shall actively participate in and cooperate with environmental education initiatives promoted by the State and local governments for environmental conservation and sustainable development.


Article 5 (Formulation of National Environmental Education Plans)

(1) The Minister of Environment shall establish a national environmental education plan (hereinafter referred to as "national plan") every five years to comprehensively and systematically provide environmental education.

(2) The Minister of Environment shall consult with the heads of relevant central administrative agencies such as the Minister of Education and the Minister of Oceans and Fisheries when establishing the national plan, and shall consult with the Environmental Education Committee pursuant to Article 8.

(3) A national plan shall include the following matters:

    1. Objectives and direction for environmental education;

    2. Current status of environmental education;

    3. Establishment of the foundation for the promotion of environmental education;

    4. Training and utilization of human resources specialized in environmental education;

    5. Development and dissemination of environmental education materials;

    6. Facilitation of private activities and international cooperation for environmental education;

    7. Evaluation of the implementation of national plans and measures for financing;

    8. Other matters prescribed by Presidential Decree to promote environmental education.

(4) The Minister of Environment may revise a national plan by applying procedures for the formulation of national plans mutatis mutandis, when it is deemed necessary to revise such plan: Provided, That deliberations by the Environmental Education Promotion Committee under Article 8 may be omitted where insignificant matters prescribed by Presidential Decree are revised.

(5) The Minister of Oceans and Fisheries shall formulate a plan for education in the field of marine environment and may request the Minister of Environment to incorporate it into a national plan.


Article 6 (Formulation of City/Do Environmental Education Plan)

(1) The Special Metropolitan City Mayor, a Metropolitan City Mayor, a Special Self-Governing City Mayor, a Do Governor, or a Special Self-Governing Province Governor (hereinafter referred to as "Mayor/Do Governor") shall develop an environmental education plan of the Special Metropolitan City, a Metropolitan City, a Special Self-Governing City, a Do, a Special Self-Governing Province (hereinafter referred to as “City/ Do”) every five years, in consideration of the details of a national plan and local conditions (hereinafter referred to as “City/Do plan”).

(2) When a Mayor/Do Governor formulates or revises a City/Do plan, he or she shall submit the details thereof to the Minister of Environment without delay.


Article 7 (Request for Cooperation for Promotion of National Plans and City/Do Plans)

(1) The Minister of Environment or a Mayor/Do Governor may notify the heads of related institutions of a national plan or City/Do plan and request them to incorporate it into their work.

(2) The head of a relevant institution that receives a request under paragraph (1) shall submit to the Minister of Environment or a Mayor/Do Governor the results of the implementation of a national plan or City/Do plan in the work under its jurisdiction.

(3) The Minister of Environment shall comprehensively evaluate the results of implementation under paragraph (2) and reflect the results of such evaluation in formulating the next national plan.

(4) Except as provided in paragraphs (1) through (3), matters necessary for the promotion of a national plan and City/Do plan shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.


Article 8 (Establishment and Operation of Environmental Education Committee)

(1) The Environmental Education Committee (hereinafter referred to as the "Committee") shall be established under the Ministry of Environment to deliberate on the following matters related to environmental education:

    1. Formulation of national plans;

    2. Evaluation of the previous national plan;

    3. Matters concerning promoting and supporting environmental education;

    4. Matters concerning projects to train and support specialized human resources;

    5. Designation of excellent schools in environmental education under Article 11;

    6. Designation of excellent environmental education programs under Article 21;

    7. Designation of environmental education cities under Article 27;

    8. Other matters prescribed by Presidential Decree.

(2) The Committee shall be comprised of up to 20 members, including the chairperson.

(3) The chairpersons of the Committee shall be both the Vice Minister of Environment and a civilian member elected by and from among the members of the Committee; and its members shall be appointed or commissioned by the Minister of Environment, from among public officials belonging to the relevant central administrative agencies and persons with extensive knowledge of and experience in environmental education.

(4) The Committee may establish subcommittees to efficiently perform the business affairs prescribed in each subparagraph of paragraph (1). In such cases, the deliberations of subcommittees shall be deemed deliberations of the Committee.

(5) Matters necessary for the composition, operation, etc. of the Committee and subcommittees shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.


Article 9 (Request for Cooperation to Public Institutions)

(1) The head of a central administrative agency and the head of a local government may request cooperation from the heads of other central administrative agencies, the heads of local governments, and the heads of public institutions designated under Articles 4 through 6 of the Act on the Management of Public Institutions (hereinafter referred to as "heads of public institutions") when necessary to formulate and implement national plans or City/Do plans.

(2) A person in receipt of a request for cooperation under paragraph (1) shall comply with such request, unless there is a compelling reason not to do so.


Article 10 (Support for Environmental Education in Schools)

(1) After consultation with the Minister of Education or the Minister of Health and Welfare, the Minister of Environment may provide schools under subparagraph 2 (a) and (b) of Article 2 and child care centers under the Child Care Act (hereinafter referred to as "child care centers") with the following support:

    1. Matters concerning school environmental education in kindergartens under subparagraph 2 (a) of Article 2;

    1-2. Matters concerning environmental education in child care centers;

    2. Matters concerning the promotion of school environmental education through environment-related subjects or cross-curricular         education in schools pursuant to subparagraph 2 (b) of Article 2;

    3. Matters concerning development and dissemination of school environmental education materials;

    4. Matters concerning promotion of environmental experience and conservation activities;

    5. Other matters necessary for the promotion of school environmental education.

(2) The Minister of Environment may request the Minister of Education or the Minister of Health and Welfare to ensure that the basic details of environmental education can be reflected in the educational activities of schools and child care centers referred to in paragraph (1) 1, 1-2, and 2. In such cases, the Minister of Education or the Minister of Health and Welfare in receipt of a request shall endeavor to reflect the request.

(3) The Minister of Environment, in consultation with the Minister of Education or the Minister of Science and ICT, may make the following recommendations to schools and corporations under subparagraph 2 (c) and (d) of Article 2 for the promotion of school environmental education:

    1. Research to develop policies and teaching materials related to school environmental education;

    2. Research necessary for the sustainable development of the State and dissemination of such results;

    3. Other matters necessary for promoting school environmental education.

(4) Paragraphs (2) and (3) shall apply mutatis mutandis to the provision of marine environmental education supported by the Minister of Oceans and Fisheries.


[Title Amended on Jun. 10, 2022]

Article 10-2 (Provision of School Environmental Education)

The heads of elementary schools and middle schools under Article 2 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act shall provide school environmental education for students.


[This Article Newly Inserted on Jun. 10, 2022]

Article 11 (Designation of Excellent Schools in Environmental Education)

(1) The Minister of Environment may designate schools under subparagraph 2 (b) of Article 2 that provide exemplary school environmental education, such as organizing environmental education in the regular curriculum or running creative environmental education programs as excellent schools in environmental education after deliberation by the Committee.

(2) The head of a school intending to be designated under paragraph (1) shall apply to the Minister of Environment as prescribed by Ordinance of the Ministry of Environment.

(3) Upon designating excellent schools in environmental education under paragraph (1), the Minister of Environment shall publicly announce such designation by posting a notice on the website of the Ministry of Environment.

(4) The Minister of Environment may provide administrative and financial support necessary for the operation of school environmental education to the excellent schools in environmental education designated pursuant to paragraph (1).

(5) Matters necessary for standards, procedures, methods, period of validity, etc. of designation of excellent schools in environmental education under paragraph (1) shall be prescribed by Ordinance of the Ministry of Environment.


Article 12 (Support for Teachers)

In order to enhance expertise in environmental education, the State and local governments may provide training opportunities regarding environmental education to the following persons who work in schools under subparagraph 2 (a) and (b) of Article 2 or at child care centers under the Child Care Act or support their research activities:

    1. Principals and child care teachers of child care centers under Article 21 (1) and (2) of the Child Care Act;

    2. Teachers under Article 20 (1) of the Early Childhood Education Act;

    3. Teachers under Article 19 (1) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.


Article 13 (Promotion of Social Environmental Education)

The State and local governments shall implement the following policies in an effort to promote social environmental education:

    1. Development and dissemination of social environmental education programs;

    2. Social environmental education in State agencies, military units, enterprises, and social and religious organizations;

    3. Training and utilization of human resources specialized in social environmental education;

    4. Support for social environmental education provided by social environmental education institutions pursuant to Article 15 (1);

    5. Other matters prescribed by Presidential Decree for the promotion of social environmental education.


Article 14 (Provision of Social Environmental Education)

(1) The heads of central administrative agencies, the heads of local governments, and the heads of public institutions may provide social environmental education to their public officials and employees.

(2) Methods, hours, etc. of social environmental education and other necessary matters shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.

(3) The Minister of Environment may develop and disseminate educational materials and programs for environmental education and provide administrative and financial support, such as dispatching specialists in environmental education, so as to efficiently provide and promote social environmental education.


Article 15 (Designation of Social Environmental Education Institutions)

(1) A Mayor/Do Governor may designate a corporation or organization satisfying the requirements prescribed by Presidential Decree, the main purpose of which is to provide environmental education, as a social environmental education institution.

(2) The Minister of Environment and a Mayor/Do Governor may provide administrative and financial support to social environmental education institutions which provide exemplary environmental education, such as developing and operating creative education programs or operating excellent educational facilities, among social environmental education institutions designated pursuant to paragraph (1).

(3) Where a social environmental education institution falls under any of the following cases, a Mayor/Do Governor may revoke the designation thereof: Provided, That where in cases falling under subparagraph 1, he or she must revoke such designation:

    1. Where it has been designated by fraud or other improper means;

    2. Where it ceases to satisfy the requirements for designation under paragraph (1);

(4) Matters necessary for the procedures and methods for designating and revoking the designation of social and environmental education institutions shall be prescribed by Ordinance of the Ministry of Environment.


Article 16 (Environmental Educators)

(1) The Minister of Environment or the Minister of Oceans and Fisheries shall grant the qualification of an environmental educator to a person who has completed the environmental educator training course provided by an environmental educator training institution pursuant to Article 19 and who meets the qualifications prescribed by Presidential Decree, and shall issue an environmental educator certificate to the person who has been granted the qualification.

(2) None of the following persons shall be an environmental educator:

    1. A person under adult guardianship;

    2. A person who has committed any of the following crimes and two years have not passed since a sentence of imprisonment           without labor or heavier punishment, since the completion of the sentence or a determination that the sentence will not be             imposed:

         (a) Crimes under the Wetlands Conservation Act, the Wildlife Protection and Management Act, the Natural Parks Act,                        the Natural Environment Conservation Act, and other environment-related statutes prescribed by Presidential Decree;

         (b) Crimes falling under Articles 297, 297-2, 298 through 301, 301-2, 302, 303, 305, 305-2 or 339 of the Criminal Act;

         (c) Crimes falling under Articles 3 through 11 of the Act on Special Cases concerning the Punishment of Sexual Crimes or                  Article 15 of that Act (limited to an attempted crime falling under Articles 3 through 9 of that Act);

         (d) Crimes falling under Articles 7, 8, 8-2, 9, and 10 of the Act on the Protection of Children and Youth against Sex Offense                s;

         (e) Crimes under items (a) through (d), which are subject to aggravated punishment pursuant to other statutes;

    3. Any person who is under the suspended execution of sentence of imprisonment without labor or heavier punishment entenced         to him or her for committing a crime falling under any item of subparagraph 2.

(3) An environmental educator shall plan, conduct, analyze, and evaluate environmental education programs and shall conduct environmental education.

(4) The State or each local government may utilize social environmental educators to provide systemic environmental education to citizens.

(5) No person other than environmental educators under this Act shall use the title of an environmental educator.

(6) No environmental educator shall lend a certificate of qualification issued under paragraph (1) to any other person.

(7) No person shall borrow a certificate of qualification without obtaining the qualification of an environmental educator or arrange the lending of such certificate.


Article 17 (Revocation of Qualification of Environmental Educators)

(1) The Minister of Environment or the Minister of Oceans and Fisheries may revoke the qualification of an environmental educator or suspend the qualification for a period of not more than three years if the environmental educator falls under any of the following cases: Provided, That if he or she falls under subparagraph 1 or 3, his or her qualification shall be revoked:

    1. Where he or she has obtained his or her qualification by fraud or other improper means;

    2. Where he or she falls under any subparagraph of Article 16 (2);

    3. Where he or she lends a certificate of qualification to another person, in violation of Article 16 (6);

    4. Where he or she causes significant hindrance to environmental education by intention or gross negligence.

(2) The standard for the revocation or suspension of the qualification of an environmental educator under paragraph (1) shall be prescribed by Ordinance of the Ministry of Environment, in consideration of the reason for the disposition and the degree of violation.


Article 18 (Continuing Training for Environmental Educators)

(1) Environmental educators who perform their work at institutions prescribed by Ordinance of the Ministry of Environment, such as schools and corporations under subparagraph 2 of Article 2 and child care centers, and social environmental educations institutions under Article 15 (1), shall receive regular continuing training to improve the quality of environmental education.

(2) The object, period of continuing training pursuant to paragraph (1) and other necessary matters shall be prescribed by Ordinance of the Ministry of Environment.


Article 19 (Designation of Training Institutions for Environmental Educators)

The Minister of Environment may designate environmental education institutions, including public educational facilities and social environmental education institutions under Article 15 (1), as training institutions for environmental educators, as prescribed by Presidential Decree: Provided, That in the field of marine environment, the Minister of Oceans and Fisheries may designate the institutions.


Article 20 (Revocation of Designation of Training Institutions for Environmental Educators)

(1) The Minister of Environment or the Minister of Oceans and Fisheries may revoke the designation of a training institution for environmental educators if it falls under any of the following cases: Provided, That the Minister shall revoke the designation in cases falling under subparagraphs 1 and 2:

    1. Where it has been designated by fraud or other improper means;

    2. Where it ceases to satisfy the requirement under Article 19;

    3. Where it is deemed that the training program for training environmental educators is inadequately operated and the work cannot         be properly performed.

(2) Matters necessary for the procedures and methods for revoking the designation of a training institution for environmental educators shall be prescribed by Ordinance of the Ministry of Environment.


Article 21 (Development and Dissemination of Environmental Education Programs and Designation of Excellent Environmental Education Programs)

(1) The State and local governments shall develop and disseminate environmental education programs, so as to provide various opportunities in environmental education to citizens.

(2) A person who has developed and operated an environmental education program or intends to develop and operate an environmental education program may file an application for designation as an excellent environmental education program with the Minister of Environment: Provided, That in the case of the marine environment, the application shall be filed through the Minister of Oceans and Fisheries.

(3) The Minister of Environment may designate an environmental education program for which an application for designation has been filed under paragraph (2) as an excellent environmental education program after deliberation by the Committee.

(4) The validity of designation under paragraph (3) shall be three years from the date of designation.

(5) A person who has been designated under paragraph (3) may use the designated mark on the relevant excellent environmental education program, as prescribed by Ordinance of the Ministry of Environment.

(6) No designated mark or any similar mark shall be used on an environmental education program that has not been designated under paragraph (3).

(7) Requirements, procedures, and methods for designating excellent environmental education programs and other necessary matters shall be prescribed by Ordinance of the Ministry of Environment.


Article 22 (Revoking Designation of Excellent Environmental Education Programs)

(1) The Minister of Environment may revoke the designation of an excellent environmental education program if it falls under any of the following cases: Provided, That in the case of subparagraph 1, the designation shall be revoked:

    1. Where it has been designated by fraud or other improper means;

    2. Where it ceases to satisfy the requirements for designation under Article 21 (7).

(3) Matters necessary for the procedures and methods for revoking the designation of excellent environmental education programs shall be prescribed by Ordinance of the Ministry of Environment.


Article 23 (Environmental Education Week)

In order to increase the citizens’ commitment to environmental preservation and to promote environmental education, one week of the year shall be designated as Environment Education Week as prescribed by Presidential Decree.


Article 24 (Designation of National Environmental Education Center)

(1) The Minister of Environment may designate a national environmental education center to implement the following projects necessary for the promotion of environmental education: Provided, That in the case of marine environmental education, the Minister of Oceans and Fisheries may designate the center:

    1. Development and dissemination of environmental education materials and environmental education programs;

    2. Research and surveys necessary for the formulation, etc. of a national plan;

    3. Training and utilization of human resources specialized in environmental education;

    4. Support for metropolitan environmental education centers under Article 25 (1) and basic environmental education centers under         paragraph (2) of that Article;

    5. Establishment of a cooperation system for the promotion of environmental education;

    6. Other projects prescribed by Ordinance of the Ministry of Environment for the promotion of environmental education.

(2) Matters necessary for the designation requirements, support, etc. for national environmental education centers shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.


Article 25 (Designation of Regional Environmental Education Centers)

(1) A Mayor/Do Governor may designate a metropolitan environmental education center in consultation with the Minister of Environment to perform the following projects for the promotion of environmental education in the region:

    1. Development and dissemination of environmental education materials and environmental education programs;

    2. Support for research and surveys necessary for the formulation, etc. of a City/Do plan reflecting regional characteristics;

    3. Support for a basic environmental education center under paragraph (2);

    4. Coordination and cooperation with a national environmental education center under Article 24 (1) and a basic environmental             education center under paragraph (2) of this Article.

(2) The head of a Si/Gun/Gu (referring to the head of an autonomous Gu) may designate a basic environmental education center in consultation with the Mayor/Do Governor to effectively provide environmental education for residents, etc. in the relevant region.

(3) The Minister of Environment or a Mayor/Do Governor may partially subsidize expenses incurred in environmental education provided by metropolitan environmental education centers under paragraph (1) and basic environmental education centers under paragraph (2) (hereinafter referred to as "regional environmental education centers") within the budget.

(4) Article 24 (2) shall apply mutatis mutandis to the designation requirements for regional environmental education centers, and other matters necessary for the designation and operation thereof shall be prescribed by ordinance of a City/Do or Si/Gun/Gu.


Article 26 (Revocation of Designation of National Environmental Education Center and Regional Environmental Education Centers)

(1) The Minister of Environment or a Mayor/Do Governor may revoke the designation of a national environmental education center or a regional environmental education center if it falls under any of the following cases: Provided, That such designation shall be revoked if it falls under subparagraph 1:

    1. Where it has been designated by fraud or other improper means;

    2. Where it ceases to satisfy the requirements for designation under Article 24 (2) or 25 (4);

    3. Where it is deemed to significantly fall short of the capabilities to perform work.

(2) Matters necessary for the procedures, methods, etc. for revoking the designation of national environmental education centers and regional environmental education centers shall be prescribed by Ordinance of the Ministry of Environment.


Article 27 (Environmental Education Cities)

(1) The Minister of Environment may designate a City/Do or Si/Gun/Gu (referring to an autonomous Gu) as an environmental education city after deliberation by the Committee to promote environmental education.

(2) When the Minister of Environment designates an environmental education city under paragraph (1), the Minister shall publicly announce such fact by posting a notice on the website of the Ministry of Environment or by other means.

(3) The Minister of Environment may provide administrative and financial support necessary for the operation of environmental education-related facilities and environmental education programs to an environmental education city designated under paragraph (1).

(4) Matters necessary for standards, period of validity, procedures, methods, etc. of designation of an environmental education city under paragraph (1) shall be prescribed by Ordinance of the Ministry of Environment.


Article 28 (Assistance with Expenses and Subsidization)

The State and local governments may partially subsidize business and operating expenses incurred in relation to environmental education of schools, corporations, organizations, etc. providing environmental education within the budget.


Article 29 (Rewards)

The Minister of Environment may select and grant rewards to excellent schools in environmental education under Article 11, environmental education cities under Article 27, and other institutions, organizations, and individuals that have contributed to the promotion of  environmental education, as prescribed by Presidential Decree.


Article 30 (Fact-Finding Survey of Environmental Education)

(1) The Minister of Environment shall conduct a fact-finding survey of environmental education every year in order to formulate policies for promoting and supporting environmental education and shall disclose the results thereof.

(2) Where necessary for the fact-finding survey of environmental education under paragraph (1), the Minister of Environment may request central administrative agencies, local governments, public institutions, schools or corporations under each item of subparagraph 2 of Article 2, child care centers and social environmental education institutions under Article 15 (1) to submit necessary data, etc. In such cases, any person requested to submit data, etc. shall cooperate with such request, unless there is a compelling reason not to do so.

(3) The scope and methods of fact-finding surveys under paragraph (1) and other necessary matters shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.


Article 31 (Entrustment of Work)

The Minister of Environment and the Minister of Oceans and Fisheries may entrust part of work under this Act to the following organizations and institutions, as prescribed by Presidential Decree:

    1. A training institution for environmental educators under Article 19;

    2. National environmental education centers and regional environmental education centers under Articles 24 and 25;

    3. National and public educational facilities;

    4. The Korea Environmental Conservation Institute under Article 59 of the Framework Act on Environmental Policy;

    5. The Marine Environment Preservation Association under Article 26 of the Act on Conservation and Utilization of the Marine             Environment.


Article 32 (Hearings)

Where the Minister of Environment or the Minister of Oceans and Fisheries intends to issue any of the following dispositions, he or she shall hold a hearing:

    1. Revocation of designation of a social environmental education institution under Article 15 (3);

    2. Revocation of the qualification of an environmental educator under Article 17;

    3. Revocation of designation of a training institution for environmental educators under Article 20;

    4. Revocation of designation of an excellent environmental education program under Article 22;

    5. Revocation of designation of national environmental education centers or regional environmental education centers under               Article 26.


Article 33 (Penalty Provisions)

Any of the following persons shall be punished by imprisonment with labor for not more than one year or by a fine not exceeding 10 million won:

    1. A person who lends his or her certificate of an environmental educator to another person, in violation of Article 16 (6);

    2. A person who borrows a certificate of an environmental educator or arranges the lending of a certificate, in violation of Article          16 (7).


Article 34 (Administrative Fines)

(1) A person who uses the name of an environmental educator in violation of Article 16 (5) shall be subject to an administrative fine not exceeding three million won.

(2) A person who fails to receive continuing training in violation of Article 18 (1) shall be subject to an administrative fine not exceeding one million won.

(3) A person who uses the designated mark on an environmental education program that has not been designated in violation of Article 21 (6) shall be subject to an administrative fine not exceeding 200,000 won.

(4) Administrative fines under paragraphs (1) through (3) shall be imposed and collected by the Minister of Environment, as prescribed by Presidential Decree.


ADDENDA

Article 1 (Enforcement Date)

This Act shall enter into force one year after the date of its promulgation.


Article 2 (Applicability to Revocation of Qualification of Environmental Educators)

The amended provisions of Article 17 shall begin to apply where grounds for revoking the qualification of an environmental educator arise after this Act enters into force.


Article 3 (Transitional Measures concerning Comprehensive Plans for Environmental Education and Regional Environmental Education Plans)

(1) The comprehensive environmental education plan established under Article 5 (1) of the previous Environmental Education Promotion Act as at the time this Act enters into force shall be deemed a national environmental education plan established under the amended provisions of Article 5 (1).

(2) The regional environmental education plan established under Article 5 (4) of the previous Environmental Education Promotion Act as at the time this Act enters into force shall be deemed a City/Do environmental education plan established under the amended provisions of Article 6 (1).


Article 4 (Transitional Measures concerning Social Environmental Educators)

A person who has been granted the qualification of a social environmental educator by the head of a training institution for social environmental educators under Article 11 of the previous Environmental Education Promotion Act as at the time this Act enters into force shall be deemed granted the qualification of an environmental educator by the Minister of Environment or the Minister of Oceans and Fisheries under the amended provisions of Article 16.


Article 5 (Transitional Measures concerning Grounds for Disqualification of Incompetent Persons)

An incompetent person under adult guardianship under the amended provisions of Article 16 (2) 1 shall be deemed to include a person, upon whom a declaration of incompetence remains effective, pursuant to Article 2 of the Addenda of the partial amendment to the Civil Act (Act No. 10429).


Article 6 (Transitional Measure concerning Training Institutions for Social Environmental Educators)

Any training institution for social environmental educators designated under Article 12 of the previous Environmental Education Promotion Act as at the time this Act enters into force shall be deemed designated as a training institution for environmental educators under the amended provisions of Article 19.


Article 7 (Transitional Measure concerning Excellent Environmental Education Programs)

The following excellent environmental education programs shall be deemed designated as excellent environmental education programs under the amended provisions of Article 21 (3):

    1. An excellent environmental education program designated pursuant to Article 13 (3) of the previous Environmental Education           Promotion Act as at the time this Act enters into force;

    2. Environmental education programs certified under the previous provisions as of December13, 2018 when the partial amendment         to the Environmental Education Promotion Act (Act No. 15660) entered into force.


Article 8 (Transitional Measures concerning Environmental Education Centers)

(1) Environmental education centers designated under Article 16 (1) of the previous Environmental Education Promotion Act as at the time this Act enters into force shall be deemed designated as national environmental education centers designated under the amended provisions of Article 24 (1).

(2) Regional environmental education centers designated under Article 16 (2) of the previous Environmental Education Promotion Act as at the time this Act enters into force shall be deemed metropolitan environmental education centers or basic environmental education centers designated under the amended provisions of Article 25 (1) and (2).


ADDENDUM

This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation: Provided, That the amended provisions of Articles 10-2 and 18 (1) shall enter into force on March 1, 2023.


ADDENDA

Article 1 (Enforcement Date)

This Act shall enter into force one year after the date of its promulgation.


Articles 2 through 4 Omitted.




[Source: Korea Law Translation Center, https://elaw.klri.re.kr/kor_mobile/viewer.do?hseq=63934&type=lawname&key=Act+on+the+Promotion+of+and+Support+for+Environmental+Education]