The Society of Wetland Scientists – Asia Chapter geographically includes the countries of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, East Timor, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Middle East Countries, Japan, Turkey, Taiwan, South Korea, Mongolia, North Korea and Russia.

Suncheon City is a city in South Jeolla Province in the Republic of Korea. It is one of the most environment-friendly cities and considered as the ecological capital of the country. It is referred to as the “city of a thousand cranes” because the Suncheon Bay Ramsar Site provides food and shelter for wintering migratory birds, specifically the hooded cranes which became the symbol of the city.

The Ramsar Regional Center – East Asia (RRC-EA) is one of the regional initiatives formally recognized by the Ramsar Convention. As a Ramsar Regional Initiative (RRI), the RRC-EA works with 18 countries in East, Southeast and South Asia as a regional platform for capacity building, information exchange, and cooperation among governments, Ramsar Site and wetland managers and stakeholders, international and national non-government organizations, technical experts and business organizations.

The Korean Wetlands Society promotes the importance of wetland conservation through research and policy advocacy in the Republic of Korea. The Society also engages in international cooperation in support of the Ramsar Convention. Members meet regularly on an annual basis to keep abreast of recent developments on wetland conservation within and outside the Republic of Korea.