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Building an eco-industrial park as a public project in South Korea. The stakeholders' understanding of and involvement in the project


  • Heungsoon Kim

    (Department of Urban Planning, Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea)


This study aims to investigate the actual development of an eco-industrial park (EIP) in South Korea by employing a case study approach and deals with a pilot eco-industrial park project in the Macheon Industrial Park of Jinhae, Gyeongnam, in the south of Korea. This paper reviews the stakeholders' understanding of EIPs. Furthermore, research was conducted on the barriers to the actual promotion of the project in South Korea. First, stakeholders' understanding of EIPs is identified as being self-interested. The need for EIPs is mostly found in responding to civil complaints and pollutants resulting from the industrial park. However, the need is quite different from the original intention of EIPs. As a result, the project unsuccessfully deals with the needs of the stakeholders because of technical, economic, and social obstacles. Second, support from the public sector for the project seems quite inadequate. The public sector appears to lack the proper policy means and will to actualize the project. In conclusion, the Korean government needs to participate more actively in the project than it currently is doing. Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and ERP Environment.

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  • Heungsoon Kim, 2007. "Building an eco-industrial park as a public project in South Korea. The stakeholders' understanding of and involvement in the project," Sustainable Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 15(6), pages 357-369.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:sustdv:v:15:y:2007:i:6:p:357-369
    DOI: 10.1002/sd.321

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    1. Fredrik Burström & Jouni Korhonen, 2001. "Municipalities and industrial ecology: reconsidering municipal environmental management," Sustainable Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 9(1), pages 36-46.
    2. Bryna Cosgriff Dunn & Anne Steinemann, 1998. "Industrial Ecology for Sustainable Communities," Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 41(6), pages 661-672.
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