Local government to launch network for Dokdo research

The local government of Gyeongbuk-do (North Gyeongsang Province) announced Monday (Feb. 25) it is planning to launch a consultative body to link Dokdo research institutes scattered across the province. Dokdo, the rocky island that sits at the easternmost end of the Korean Peninsula is often claimed by Japan.

Dokdo, the rocky island at the end of Korean Peninsula

The consultative body, which will be officially launched on Tuesday, will be composed of the Research Institute for Dokdo and Ulleungdo Islands at Kyungpook National University, Dokdo Research Institute at Yeungnam University, Ulleungdo-Dokdo Development Study Network at Daegu-Gyeongbuk Development Institute, Research for An Yong-bok at Daegu Haany University, Dokdo and Gando Education Center at Kyungil University, and Dokdo-Ulleungdo Research Institute at Gyeongju University.

The local administration at Gyeongbuk plans to conclude contract on mutual cooperation Between Dokdo institutes on Tuesday and streamline research in a more systematic and comprehensive manner.

Once such a comprehensive network is formed, the research institute at Kyungpook National University would study the ecology of the island while Yeungnam University delves into related historical records and development of resources there. The Daegu-Gyeongbuk Development Institute will be mainly in charge of developing policies on Dokdo and related publications.

The institute at Daegu Haany University meanwhile will continue to keep its focus on An Yong-bok, the historical figure who played a key role in protecting Koreas rights over the island while Kyungil University works on education and exploration of the island. The institute at Gyeongju University would work toward promotion of the island and development of related contents.

At the end, the consultative local administration looks forward to releasing a comprehensive white paper that covers most of the features of the island including history and ecology. The formation of a consultative body is to organize the study of Dokdo in a more systematic and efficient manner, an official at Gyeongbuk Office said.

The regional office meanwhile also holds various functions for the island around February to March, as to counter Japans Takeshima Day that falls on February 22. Japan gave the name Takeshima to Koreas Dokdo to bolster its claim to ownership of the island.

Korea.net | Original News @ HERE
Date : Feb. 25. 2008

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