Managing Biodiversity Of Rice Paddy Culture In Urban Landscape

Case research in Seoul City
  • I.-J. Song
  • Y.-R. Gin


Cultivated land in the Kangnam area of Seoul is for the most part dispersed. The large area paddies are distributed around the western boundary of Seoul, but the small area paddies are located at the southeast boundary of Seoul. Review of the land use trends of these cultivated lands, large areas have been converted into development areas or converted for use by green houses for high profits. According to this trend, by identifying the landscape ecology characteristics of the rice paddy culture and finding management alternatives it could be possible to improve the biodiversity enhancement of the region, specifically in terms of space and time. According to the results of the shape index analysis, rice paddies in Seoul comprise a 9.4ha area, larger than the mean area of other types of cultivated land with the exception of land used for green houses. Interestingly, the circumference of paddy use area has a similar trend to that of the cultivated land patches of green houses. Also, of the 68% of the first three neighbouring land use that was analyzed the patches were primarily dedicated to river and wetlands (50%) and forests (23%). This characteristic of rice paddy culture, in particular as major neighbouring land use, is representative of the other types of cultivated land; river and wetland usage is due to its particular characteristics. Therefore, on the basis of the analysis’ results, cultivated land management is important for urban environment conservation and biodiversity.


Paddy Field Urban Landscape Green House Shape Index Paddy Culture 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • I.-J. Song
    • 1
  • Y.-R. Gin
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of Urban EnvironmentSeoul Development Institute (SDI)SeoulKorea
  2. 2.National Park Jirisan Southern OfficeKorea National Park ServiceJeonnamKorea

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