Specialized Institutions

Citizens Institute for Environmental Studies (CIES) 

The Citizens’ Institute for Environmental Studies (CIES) is a civic group that was founded in 1993 to support a scientifically based professional environmental movement. The institution’s main research are focused on environmental issues – environmental and social damages caused by the Western Sea Oil Spill, field investigation of the Grand Canal project, Antarctic Ocean protection, asbestos banishment, epidemic stomatitis, Hydrofluoric acid spill, etc.

Major Activities

  • Nature
  • Devising a sustainable development plan with residents researchers, and other NGOs
  • Public health
  • Conducting studies and research on the effect of environmental pollution and health policy on people’s health under the “When the Environment aches, the human body also aches” program
  • Energy
  • Studying energy efficiency and strategies for reducing CO2 emissions
  • Communication
  • Issuing a weekly global environmental newsletter and organizing a yearly citizens’ environment workshop
Address 251, Nuha-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea 110-761
Tel 82-2-735-7034   Fax 82-2-733-7017
E-mail [email protected]   Website http://cies.kfem.or.kr

Environmental Law Center (ELC)

The Environmental Law Center has its roots in the Environmental Law Counseling Center of the Korean Anti-Pollution Movement Association established in 1991 and evolved as a Legal Advice Office in 1993. In 1997, the office developed into an independent Environmental Law Committee after becoming an affiliated organization of the KFEM on February 21, 2000.

The center was one of the first environmental groups in Korea to have a full-time lawyer as a staff member, with more than 100 lawyers working as directors or members of the steering committee.

These members won a series of environmental lawsuits, including cases ordered to stop the national Saemangeum project, along with Nakdong River construction plans, which were part of the 2011 Four Major Rivers Project. Some winning cases also included the 2012 and 2014 humidifier disinfectant incidents, in which a court ordered financial compensation for damages.

Major Activities

  • Handling environment-related lawsuits
  • Improvement of environmental laws and regulations
  • Provide legal advice to members
  • Legal consulting on environmental issues
  • Development of programs for lawyers and experts
Address 251, Nuha-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul Korea, 110-806
Tel 82-2-730-1327   Fax 82-2-730-8061
E-mail [email protected]   Website http://www.ecolaw.or.kr

ECO Cooperative

Founded in 2002, the Eco Cooperative supplies and distributes organic agricultural food products for food safety and public health. The organization also addresses future environmental issues that threaten well-being.

To supply safe food and build trust between producers and consumers, the ECO Cooperative promotes R&D and sales of eco-friendly products by improving production systems and food quality. We have online stores in Jongno, Gangseo, Bangi, Gireum, Dangjin, Cheonahn, and Gwangyang. We plan to build a local community network with the help of consumer cooperatives from KFEM’s local branches.

Address 251, Nuha-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea 110-806
Tel 82-2-733-7117   Fax 82-2-735-3955
E-mail [email protected]   Website http://ecocoop.or.kr