Gangwon Province
Baekdudaegan mountain range, the demilitarized zone (DMZ), and East Sea, are the important ecosystems having beautiful natural scenery and rich biodiversity in the Republic of Korea. Gangwon-do, which embraces those important area, is leading the way to build cities where people live in harmony with nature.




ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network of cities and local governments dedicated to sustainable development. ICLEI’s mission is to build and serve a worldwide movement of local governments to achieve tangible improvements in global sustainability, with specific focus on environmental conditions through cumulative local actions. A powerful movement of 12 mega-cities, 100 super-cities and urban regions, 450 large cities as well as 450 medium-sized cities and towns in 86 countries, ICLEI promotes local action for global sustainability and supports cities to become sustainable, resilient, resource-efficient, biodiverse and low-carbon; to build a smart infrastructure; and to develop an inclusive, green urban economy with the ultimate aim to achieve healthy and happy communities.


  Ministry of Environment (MoE)
Ministry of Environment (MoE) aims to build a leading country for environmental conservation and economic growth where all people enjoy environmental welfare while achieving sustainable development. Especially, MoE has made the multi-pronged efforts to improve the biodiversity with the hosting of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity this year.



  Pyeongchang County
Emphasizing a beautiful natural environment and the geological benefits of 700m altitude, Pyeongchang is the utmost place for nature, health, vacation spot, leisure and logevity. Pyeongchang ‘Happy 700’ serves you the optimum life environment. And 2018 the Winter Olympics is to be held in Pyeongchang.



  The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) has three main objectives: i) The conservation of biological diversity; ii) The sustainable use of the components of biological diversity; and iii) The fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources. The Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 provides the overarching framework for biodiversity for the entire United Nations system, and includes 20 Aichi Targets to guide the implementation of the strategy. Signatories to the CBD are required to develop National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans (NBSAPs) to translate this international framework into national plans.



Supporting partners

nrg4SD(Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development

The Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development (nrg4SD) is an international organisation representing subnational governments and associations of subnational governments at the global level. The Network promotes sustainable development at the level of subnational government around the Globe and acts as the voice and representative of subnational governments at global level in the field of sustainable development, totalling some 50 subnational governments from 30 countries and 7 associations of subnational governments.


IUCN(International Union for Conservation of Nature)

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is the oldest and largest international environment organization which works for conserving nature, ensuring effective and equitable governance for use of nature, and deploying nature-based solutions in climate, food and development. It has almost 11,000 expert volunteers from more than 1,200 governmental organizations and non governmental organizations in some 160 countries.



UN-Habitat, which is working for over 70 countries in the world, is the United Nations Programme promoting socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements development. UN-Habitat’s priorities are focused on seven areas: (1) Urban Legislation, Land and Governance, (2) Urban Planning and Design, (3) Urban Economy, (4) Urban Basic Services, (5) Housing and Slum Upgrading, (6) Risk Reduction and Rehabilitation and (7) Urban Research and Capacity Development.



The Urban Biodiversity and Design Network (URBIO) is an open worldwide scientific network for education and research, with the aim to promote urban biodiversity and design through a continuing dialogue with the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Within the CBD programmes, URBIO is the scientific initiative of the Local Authorities Major Group. URBIO serves to foster the scientific exchange between researchers, practitioners and stakeholders.


Korea Tourism Organization(KTO)

For the sake of the happy tourism for all, Korea Tourism Organization(KTO) has developed and supported a high-quality tourism product development and creative and various tourism contents. Also, KTO has created a unique tourism image for Korea in order to make Korea become a tourism developed country.


Local Sustainability Alliance of Korea

Local Sustainability Alliance of Korea is a network of organizations implementing local agenda 21 in Korea having an aim to actualize "Rio Declaration on Environment and Development" and action plan 'Agenda21' which were adopted in UNCED held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 1992, We put great efforts on strengthening the capacity for sustainable development of our communities by hosting National Convention for Sustainable Development, Sustainable Development Awards & Contest, and so forth.


Governors’ Association of KOREA

The Governors’ Association of KOREA consists of governors of metropolitan local autonomous entities in the country. The GAOK aims to contribute to the balanced development of regions and the goal of appropriate local autonomy through promotion of exchanges and cooperation between local administrative units and discussion about matters of common interests.


National Association of Mayors(NAM)

National Association of Mayors is a consultative body composed of 226 mayors of local governments pursuing reciprocal interaction and cooperation for the better quality of life. National Association of Mayors is putting forward various actions such as improvement of governing systems, proposal of policies to central government and so on as means to fulfill the balanced development of local community and grassroots democracy for the actualization of local governance.


Stockholm Resilience Centre

The Stockholm Resilience Centre advances research on the governance of social-ecological systems with a special emphasis on resilience - the ability to deal with change and continue to develop. The centre is a joint initiative between Stockholm University and the Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics at The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. The centre is funded by the Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research, Mistra.



The Urban Biosphere Initiative (URBIS) is a global program that aims to promote resilient and ecologically sustainable urban biospheres. The premise of URBIS is that biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services can be reconciled with just socio-economic development in a rapidly urbanising world. URBIS focuses on dialogue, research and the development of resources, as well as an award process, within a global network.