On November 20th, Jung In-Chul was interviewed, who is the Eco-Activist of Green Society. He said that the 4-river project needs more environmental inspection. He also said, “We don’t protest the 4-river project. We just request that the government assess the environment with a long-term vision.
If the 4-river project has a clear value for the environment and local economy, we will support the project. Yet, the government finished the environmental inspection of the project too soon and they left out so many important factors, such as the local migratory birds, the swamp lands and the cultural aspects. It is impossible to complete the assessment of the potential impact of the project on the 634-kilometer-long construction site in just five months!”
He showed research material and he insisted that the time when President Lee started the Cheonggyecheon, the government went through the environmental and cultural investigation for one year. However, this 4-river project is more than 200 times the size of the Cheonggyecheon and the government finished this investigation in only 5 months.
And he said, “When UNEP Executive Director Achim Steinerl came to Korea, he praised 4-river project.
UNEP is the International Organization for environment. Because UNEP Executive Director only heard Korea government’s 4-river project for ‘Green Growth Plan.’ But until that time UNEP Korea have a opposit position to the 4-river project. So it’s not true that UNEP praised the 4-river project. Only Executive Director’s opinion.”
He also argued that the 4-river project will not create many new jobs and help the economy. The government selected the ‘Turn-Key’ form, which the contractor will provide and nstall all that is necessary. To submit a bid, many documents, business plans and money is needed. As a result, small companies cannot get the chance to bid on the project. Only big construction companies do well when compete on the 4-river project. Moreover, the project mainly involves hard manual labor, so it cannot solve the 100 million youth unemployment problem.