Dredging barge now operating just off sacred rocky coastline of Gangjeong village. Endangered soft coral reefs are just below the surface and will surely be destroyed
appeal to you to
Action Week For
No Naval Base
appeal to the people of the world who are opposing warfare and are concerned
with making the world peaceful and sustainable community.
take part in an International Solidarity Action (2-9 September 2012) during the
World Conservation Congress 2012 which will be held in Jeju
2012 World Conservation Congress, which is an environmental conference held
every 4 years by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), is
to take place from 6-15 September in Seogwipo city, Jeju Island. Jeju Island is
located in the southern part of South Korea, adjacent to China, Taiwan, and
in Gangjeong village, which is only 7 km far from the congress site,
construction to build a massive naval base is being enforced. The total size of
the naval base is 490,000 square meters and it will not only harm the
environment but also ignite military tensions despite the opposition of a great
number of villagers.
village in Jeju blessed with a natural environment should be preserved for the
future of mankind.
village is a coastal town with a sacred environment and high value preservation
not only in Jeju Island, but also in the world.
Sea of Gangjeong village is designated as a national cultural treasure (natural
memorial No. 442) by the Korean Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea and is
adjacent to Beom Island, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Gangjeong village is God’s
blessing natural heritage. The sea of Gangjeong is one of the major habitats of
the Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins, one of the species listed by the IUCN. It
is estimated that there are only 114 Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins in
village is located between the two biggest creeks in Jeju Island and has the
biggest freshwater fish habitat on the island. It provides 70–80% of drinking
water to southern residents in the island. As Jeju Island lacks water due to its
porous basaltic land, this uncommon village is nicknamed as ‘Il-Gangjeong’ which
means the best Gangjeong village. Due to this character, it has been the
‘heartland of agriculture’ from ancient times. Artifacts from prehistoric times
showing the transformation of housing culture have been also discovered in
Gangjeong. For such reasons, Gangjeong was appointed as a limited development
district until the Jeju naval base construction plan was drafted.
rock, located at the Jeju naval base construction site, is a broad flat rock
with 1.2 km in length and 250m in width and it forms a greatly peculiar bedrock
wetland where spring water comes upward. As Gureombi rock is a part of absolute
preservation area by Jeju local government, it is home to the Government
designated endangered species such as sesarma intermedium, small round frogs,
Jeju saebaengi (native freshwater shrimp of Jeju Island), and clithon
retropietus v. martens.
the Government is unilaterally enforcing the construction of the naval base
without appropriate eval!!uation and even by easing regulations expediently or
ignoring them illegally. It is clear that the naval base will not only destroy
the environment of the sea of Gangjeong village, but also cause the serious
destruction of the environment of UNESCO Biosphere Reserve located just 2 km
away from the construction site.
is no doubt that this construction is entirely contrary to the principals of the
World Conservation Congress. The efforts of the South Korean government and Jeju
local government to promote Jeju island as a world environmental city, while
unilaterally enforcing the construction of the naval base, is deceiving global
choose at least one day during
the International Action Week (2-9 September 2012) and organize any individual
or collective actions to oppose the Jeju naval base.
Please inform the world that the construction of the naval base in Jeju is fully
contrary to the principal of 2012 World Conservation Congress. Please
make calls to the World Conservation Congress member organizations and member
express concerns about the Jeju naval base construction.
ask the South Korean government and Jeju local government to stop building the
military base, revoke
the naval base project, and make Jeju Island develop intact as an island of
It is hypocritical for Samsung, the main contractor of the naval base project,
to support financially the largest environmental event in the
urge Samsung C&T and Daerim, two main contractors, to stop constructing
naval base in Jeju.
To spread this amazing event widely, please
send your endorsement (with
your organization’s name) and your action plans to the Gangjeong international
team (firstname.lastname@example.org) in advance. After your
actions, please kindly send your photos and videos with a simple explanation to
the team as well.
There are many events being planned in Jeju Gangjeong village during the
international action week (2-9 September 2012). If possible, please
come to the village and be part of our nonviolent struggle which
has continued over the last 6 years.
greatly appreciate for your solidarity.
The following South Korean national groups endorse the action:
- Gangjeong Village Association
- Jeju Pan-Island Committee for Stop of Military Base and for Realization of
Peace Island (26 organizations)
- Korea Environment NGO Network (36 Korean environmental NGOs)
- National Network of Korean Civil Society for Opposing to the Naval Base in
Jeju Island (125 Korean civil society organizations)