Overview

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.



History

July 2002
Basic plans for the National Institute of Biological Resources(NIBR) established.
December 2003
Building design completed
June 2004
Groundbreaking
January 2007
Construction Completed
March 2007
NIBR launched
October 2007
Official opening ceremony


Organization and Telephone Numbers

National Institute of Biological Resources

Location

National Institute of Biological Resources Office Map

Taking Seoul Beltway (Gyeyang IC)

  • Head toward Gyesan Station at Gyeyang IC (1.6km) → Go straight to the Gongchon Intersection for 4.7 km → Go straight to Incheon International Airport →Turn right at the access road sign for the Environment Research Complex (4 km).


Taking Gyeongin Expressway

  • Exit to Seo-Incheon IC (take left-hand lane on way out) → Enter the underpass and go straight to the Gongchon Intersection for 3 km → Turn left and go straight to Incheon International Airport → Turn right at the access road sign for the Environment Research Complex (4 km).


By a Commuter Bus to Environment Research Complex

  • NIBR shuttle buses stop in front of Seo-gu Office and Gyesan Station (Incheon subway). Please check the NIBR homepage (www.nibr.go.kr) for shuttle bus stops and schedules.


By NIBR Shuttle Bus

  • NIBR shuttle buses stop in front so Seo-gu Office and Gyesan Station (Incheon subway). Please check the NIBR homepage (www.nibr.go.kr) for shuttle bus stops and schedules.


Address & Contact Number

  • NIBR, Environmental Research Complex, Gyoungseo-dong, Seo-gu, Incheon 404-708, Korea
  • TEL : +82-32-590-7100, 7190


Last modified : 2013-10-19 22:09

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