KEI Seminars

For the past two months, the KEI’s research departments and centers held a number of seminars on a wide range of topics in different fields.

■ Division for Integrated Water Management
On July 2, the division for Integrated Water Management held a seminar on the Korea’s National Basic Plans for Water Management to discuss up-to-date issues related to their research project for establishing the national basic plans (draft) to manage water, which will be in effect from 2021 to 2030. The research is to provide an academic basis for developing a brand new management system for Korea’s water management to realize integrated water management.

■ Environmental Assessment Group  
A seminar on the 4th Comprehensive Plans for Noise and Vibration Management was held on July 13, at the KEI headquarters. The event was sponsored by the Ministry of Environment and organized by the Environmental Assessment Group of the KEI. Dr. Lee, the Director of the Division for Land Policy Assessment, briefly introduced the main content of the 4th Comprehensive Plans for Noise and Vibration Management. Professor Kim from the Seoul Medical Center was invited to talk about the environmental noise exposure levels, the current status of regulations and implications.  

■ Green New Deal (GND) Research Group
The Green New Deal (GND) Research Group of the KEI, which was formed according to the growing importance of the Green New Deal in the COVID-19 pandemic situation, held a seminar on the latest trends in Green New Deal movement in Korea on July 31. The GND is seen as one of the most principal policy initiatives in the post-COVID-19 era because this global crisis is not irrelevant to the natural destruction by humans and the consequent climate change. The KEI, as Korea’s leading institute in the field of environmental policy, is also exerting our best efforts to contribute to the successful settlement of the Green New Deal in preparation for the post-COVID-19 era.

 

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KEI Research Briefs Vol.8 No.7: Development of Ecoinformatics Biodiversity Assessment

Writing. Who-Seung Lee et al.

The urban population concentration due to economic development is causing a continued decline in biodiversity through fragmentation of wildlife habitats, and Korea, which has a large number of development projects ongoing relative to its land area, is expected to see a further decline in biodiversity.

Impact assessment on Korea’s implementation of the agenda of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) differs from the recommendations of the Convention. Korea is only conducting basic-level biodiversity assessments in the national strategy for biodiversity and EIA, and it has a poor implementation system of convergence assessment methods and policies.

It is now necessary to develop eco-information methods and improve policies and systems in order to encourage the efficient operation of biodiversity-related policies and environmental impact assessments and advance assessment for sustainability in ecosystem.

The paper derived and analyzed improvement measures for the current biodiversiy assessment and sought ways to develop a biodiveristy evaluation method based on ecological information technology.

 

KEI Environment Forum Vol.4 No.2: Performance Evaluation of ETS Implementation from the Perspective

Writing. Sangyup Lee and Yeimin Chung

The first planning period of the Emission Trading Scheme (herein referred to as ETS), which was introduced to reduce domestic greenhouse gases, has recently ended (three years from 2015 to 2017), and its performance is being evaluated based on confirmed results of the project.

Considering the purpose of the ETS introduction, a comparative analysis was carried out in terms of the national GHG emission forecast (herein referred to as BAU), reduction targets and emissions to evaluate performance of the implementation from the perspective of linkage with the national GHG reduction performance. We also looked at the appropriateness of the supply and demand for emission rights in the ETS market.

In addition to the link between the performance of ETS implementation and the achievement of the national GHG reduction, to review the medium and long-term direction for development of an ETS, alternatives including utilizing auction revenues and strengthening the link between the national carbon market and the mechanisms of the international carbon market should be consistently reviewed.

 

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