The Korea peninsula is very rich in species diversity compared to countries with similar sized due to its topographic and climatic complexities. Approximately 29,916 species and infraspecific taxa of plants, algae, lichens, fungi, and animals have been reported in Korea.
These indigenous species of Korea are the key to establishing an eco-community, where human beings and nature coexist harmoniously. In addition, they are raw materials for the biotechnology(BT) industry, which has come to be one of the most important high tech industries of this century. In this regard, indigenous species are very important national assets.
The primary function of the National Institute of Biological Resources(NIBR) is to survey, research, preserve and manage national biological resources. The institute will also serve an education role, increasing public awareness on the importance of biological resources and the need for conservation and sustainable use, through various exhibitions and educational programs.
The National Institute of Biological Resources currently houses approximately 1.55 million collections, and plans are in motion to increase this number to five million by 2030. The basic infrastructure of NIBR is expected to be established by the end of 2008. in the near future, NIBR will be become a leading institution in the preservation, research, and exhibition of biological resources.
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