The Pyongyang Times, “Workshop Contributes to Protecting Environment of Mt Paektu Area,” August 3, 2017

Workshop Contributes to Protecting Environment of Mt Paektu Area

A workshop on water and waste management in Mt Paektu area takes place in Samjiyon County, Ryanggang Province.


A workshop on “Environmental protection in Mt Paektu: water and waste management” took place in Samjiyon County, Ryanggang Province, between July 31 and August 2.

It was co-sponsored by the DPRK Ministry of Land and Environment Protection and the Canada-DPRK Knowledge Partnership Program (KPP) at the University of British Columbia.

It brought together officials, scientists, lecturers and researchers in the sector of environmental protection, especially the Ministry of Land and Environment Protection, Ministry of Urban Management, State Academy of Sciences and Kim Il Sung University, Dr Park Kyung Ae, director of the KPP and professor at Canada’s University of British Columbia, and other foreign specialists.

The Samjiyon area development plan was outlined and presentations were given on different themes including “Water environmental impact of Samjiyon area development and prevention of water pollution therefrom”, “Water purification by aquatic plants”, “Technical issues arising in urban solid waste treatment process”, “Reuse and recycling of plastic waste”, “Effective purification of organic wastewater using anaerobic digestion technology” and “Solid waste types and treatment methods in tourist areas”.

The participants made a survey trip to the mountain area, and shared a wide range of knowledge, experience and views on important environmental issues such as water and waste management and the recycling industry.

At the closing ceremony, Park Kyung Ae said that a seminar is not enough to discuss all matters in handing down an environment-friendly Mt Paektu area to coming generation, adding they should meet again to offer a chance of brainstorming the ways to solve problems that will arise in the Samjiyon development project with the seminar as a momentum.

The seminar marked an important occasion in preventing pollution by sewage and solid waste in the development of the Samjiyon area and taking measures to conserve a healthy ecosystem.

A foreign expert was invited to lecture on the waste recycling industry for local environmentalists at the People’s Palace of Culture in Pyongyang on August 3.


By Jong Hwa Sun PT