A Pathway to Peace: Saving Cranes in the Korean DMZ and East Asia Flyway | International Crane Foundation

International Crane Foundation


A Pathway to Peace: Saving Cranes in the Korean DMZ and East Asia Flyway

09/16/2019 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Lincoln Park Zoo
Ann Milligan Gray Meeting Room
2001 N Clark Street
Chicago IL 60614

Peace in the Korean peninsula has never been closer. How can we use crane conservation between North and South Korea to strengthen collaboration and safeguard the existence of these endangered and culturally significant birds for future generations?

The Cheorwon Plain, located south of the Demilitarized Zone in South Korea, is an important staging and wintering area for Red-crowned and White-naped Cranes in East Asia, as well as numerous other species. Elsewhere in their range, these species are declining, but in Cheorwon numbers are increasing as the birds find safe haven in the traditional rice paddies and wetlands. However, the crane sites along the DMZ are under increasing threat as relations between the two nations move toward peace.

Hear from local conservationists and government leaders how they are working together with the International Crane Foundation and local farmers along the DMZ to lead efforts to protect the remarkable diversity of cranes and other wildlife for all countries of the East Asian Flyway and the world.