Yellow Sea Ecoregion Planning Programme (2002-2007)

Prioritize conservation action based on scientific data and information.

Under the coordination and auspices of WWF, experts from China, the Republic of Korea, and Japan assessed the habitat needs of six taxonomic groups - marine mammals, birds, fish, mollusks, coastal plants, and algae. Experts first identified indicator species from each of the groups based on six commonly agreed criteria. They then mapped the critical habitats of the indicator species. These maps are named EIAs (Ecologically Important Areas). By lumping all the EIAs together, a Map containing 23 PPAs (Potential Priority Areas) was produced. By focusing the conservation work on these 23 PPAs, the representative biodiversity and natural resources such as fish can be effectively conserved.

Yellow Sea Ecoregion Support Programme (2007-2014)

  • To raise public awareness of the importance of biodiversity and resources across the ecoregion.
  • To leverage governments and other key stakeholders’ commitment to conserve the identified PPAs by implementing demonstration projects.

Planned Activities:

  • Public awareness promotion through small grants (2008-2009)

This activity will last for two years. Each year, ten small grants (five for China, five for Republic of Korea) will be provided to support local projects aimed at raising the public awareness of the importance of the PPAs.
  • Conservation models establishment (2010-2012)

Starting from the 2010, one local small grant recipient in China and one in Republic of Korea will be funded for three consecutive years for conducting site-based demonstration projects (may include both conservation planning and sustainable exploitation activities) in a PPA. The objective is to demonstrate the full spectrum of values of ecosystem services provided by those PPAs, as well as a way to efficiently conserve them.
Conservation model upscale and promotion (2013-2014)

In the last two years of this programme, WWF will organize International forums to foster the exchange of experience and lessons on the Yellow Sea Ecoregion conservation. These forums will also be used to promote the conservation models to key stakeholders, particularly the governments of China and Republic of Korea, with the purpose of leveraging their commitment to the conservation of all the PPAs.