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ME and 9 public institutions joined forces to adapt and respond to climate change
Date 2016-06-20 Hit 609
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The Ministry of Environment, together with Korea Adaptation Center for Climate Change (KACCC), signed an MOU on Establishing Climate Change Adaptation Measures for Public Institution with nine public institutions in charge of power and water resources on June 16 at President Hotel, Seoul.


Nine public institutions signing the MOU are Korea Western Power Co., LTd., Korea Midland Power Co., LTd., Korea South-East Power Co., Korea East-West Power Co., LTd., Korea Southern Power Co., LTd., Korea Electric Power Corporation, Korea Resources Corporation, Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co., Ltd., and Sudokwon Landfill Site Management Corporation.


The signing ceremony was joined by Vice-Minister Lee Jeongseop, the heads of public institutions and Korea Environment Institute (KEI) President Park Gwangkuk.


The MOU is designed at preparing responses to damages from climate change, which mostly occur in public sectors such as power, railway, road and water resources.


In particular, the signing of MOU is meaningful in that the nine public institutions that are not legally bound to cope with climate change voted to voluntarily prevent damages from climate change.


ME will request the nine organizations to voluntarily conduct science-based prediction and assessment of risk factors from climate change as well as establish and submit climate change adaptation measures to the ministry.


ME and KEI will provide climate change forecast scenario, technical advice and expert consultation to public institutions for effective establishment of climate change adaptation measures.


In addition, ME will evaluate Report on Climate Change Adaptation Measures by the public institutions with relevant ministries and local governments to reflect the report in notational adaptation plan, and continue to check implementation performance.


Countries around the world including the United Kingdom are also setting up national measures to minimize damages from climate change in public facilities.


In 2008, the U.K. enacted the Climate Change Act that requires 97 institutions in charge of electricity, transportation and water to establish climate change adaptation measures every five year and evaluate the plan.


"The MOU will help facilitate a close cooperation between the ministry and public institutions to serve as a model in implementing advanced climate change adaptation measures," said Choi Minji, Director of Climate Change Cooperation Division.

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