Water Environmental Protection in DPRK


The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has directed much effort to the work for protecting the water environment. The protection of water environment is very important in solving the water issue, which is raised as a serious socio-economic one in the world today. 

In recent years, the DPRK has instituted the Law on Preventing the Pollution of the River Taedong (provisional), Law on Barrages, Law on Appraising Environmental Influence and Law on Land Program to intensify the legal control over water environment and augmented the state investment in the field. 

It is concretizing and constantly renewing the already instituted water environmental standards and is pushing ahead with the work for introducing the authentication system in the protection and management of water environment. 

Besides, it deepens the research for the prevention of pollution along with the work for grasping the pollution resources and restricting the permissible discharge of contaminated materials in order to improve the water quality of rivers and streams. 

A river is divided into three parts, upper, middle and lower, where water quality observation posts have been set up to examine water quality. Meanwhile, the contaminated water of the lower-stream is displaced with the fresh water of the upper-stream in spring. 

A work for preventing the pollution by the rapidly increased water plant is consolidated in the lower part of the rivers where lock gates were built. 

In order to improve the quality of the contaminated water of the border rivers, activities for joint observation and for taking prevention measures are being conducted with the neighboring countries. 

Along with this, the country also deepens the research into the prevention of oil outflow, the main contamination material in the sea, and the disposal of ballast water of foreign-flagged ships and regularly conducts the examination of underground water quality. 

The country is further intensifying the supervision over water environment for consolidating the success already made in the efforts for improving the water quality.


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