Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea will be held from 12 May to 12 August in South Korea at Yeosu, a coastal town of 300,000 inhabitants in the province of South Jeolla. Yeosu’s territory encompasses 317 islands and islets and Yeosu has close links with the sea. Its economy is essentially based on fishing (40,000 jobs), tourism (Halleyo National Maritime Park), and also maritime transport (Gwangyang Port).
The theme of Expo 2012 Yeosu, ‘The Living Ocean and Coast’, will help to highlight knowledge and technological progress in the management and protection of seas and oceans. Since the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea came into force in 1993, seas and oceans are increasingly seen as key elements in the resolution of the problems humanity will have to face up to, whether in terms of resources, food, space or the environment. However, as human activities have seriously damaged the marine milieu and dangerously eaten into fishing reserves, a great effort needs to be made to restore the oceans to their principal role for the future. Thus, Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea will try to reassert the efforts of the international community to resolve these problems and assure the prosperity and harmony of humanity through technological innovation and actions in favour of the environment.