Is it real green transformation? The evolutionary processes of the regions in South Korea: The case study on 4 Major Rivers Restoration Project.

Authors: Mingeun Kang*, Department of Geography Education
Topics: Economic Geography, Development, Regional Geography
Keywords: green growth, evolutionary economic geography, regional development, 4 major rivers restoration project, Korea
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/9/2020
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:15 AM
Room: Beverly, Sheraton, IM Pei Tower, Terrace Level
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This paper aims to explore the regional transformation and developmental processes of 4 Major Rivers Restoration Project (4MRRP) from the lens of evolutionary economic geography. 4MRRP is a Korean Green New Deal Project implemented by the former administration Lee, Myungbak (2008. 2. – 2013. 2.) which has been the largest civil engineering project ever in the Korean history. 4MRRP tries to effectively manage water resources in preparing for an upcoming environmental challenge, climate change, and as one way of green growth, by making a regional economy prospers. 4MRRP also intends to alleviate regional imbalance achieving regional-balanced development. By organizing and developing the basins of 4 major rivers, 4MRRP tries to transform the areas into complexes where both human beings and natural environment are in harmony. 4MRRP has brought about a lot of significant regional changes. Therefore, this research explores the patterns of the evolutionary transformation in the regions, how much the results of 4MRRP correspond to the context of green growth, how much 4MRRP has contributed to regional development. The evolutionary processes of the regions can be divided into three phases: 1) destruction, 2) restoration, 3) prospect and the paper examines the both the regional transformation in each phase and the regional green growth and development status and evaluates the validity whether 4MRRP accords with green growth, so that this paper can make contribution to green growth policy that the government of Korea would implement in the future.

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