Book review.


by Korea Rail Network Authority

The 2 km De-Militarized Zone separating North and South Korea is a heavily-defended legacy of the Korean War, where the fighting ceased in 1953 with an armistice rather than a peace treaty. The land within the DMZ has remained untouched for more than half a century, and so environmental issues were a particular concern when the former railways across the zone were revived to allow trains to run on May 17 2007.

Korea Rail Network Authority has produced this booklet to highlight the environmental principles which were adopted for the short-lived reopening, and to encourage others to adopt its 'Fast Track' methods of adapting plans to preserve the ecology.

There are details of the cross-border rail routes, and an illustrated guide to wildlife such as the goral and narrow-mouth frog, which thrive where fences keep out predators and landmines prevent human disturbance. 'The land, which was thought to be filled with sufferings, is a land where natures lives and thrives'.

Korea Rail Network Authority, 264 Sinan-dong, Dong-gu, Daejeon 300-731, South Korea