67% of Korean People are against firmly to the 'Four Major Rivers Restoration Project'
According to the result of an opinion poll released on March 24th, 2010 by the Kyunghyang Shinmun, a South Korean daily newspaper, majority of Korean people are still against the 'Four Rivers Project' of the country.
According to the poll conducted by the Kyunghyang Shinmun and Korea Society Opinion Institute, 66.8% of the respondents to the poll were critical to the project (36.3% supported stopping the project and 30.5% supported downsizing the project). Only 29.0% of the respondents supported the original plan of the project.
The ‘Four Major Rivers Restoration Project’ which started from November 2009 is to construct more than 20 new dams along the main streams of the four largest rivers in South Korea, dredging 570 million ㎥ of sediments from the riverbeds, and reinforcing 377 km of riverbanks under the stated purpose of preparing for water shortage and floods due to climate change. If the project continues, natural ecological characters of the 4 largest rivers and surrounding riparian wetlands of the country will be severely damaged; river shallows, sand bars and riparian wetlands may completely disappear.
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