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Republic of Korea

Location

  • Geographical region: Asia
  • SDG region: Eastern and South-Eastern Asia

Area

  • Total area : 97,489 km2
  • Land used by sector : 17 % agriculture, 63 % forest and 20 % other

Population

  • Total : 52 million people
  • Population density : 530 people per km2
  • Geographical distribution : 81 % lives in urban areas and 19 % lives in rural areas

Economy

  • GDP : 1,899 billion USD per year
  • GDP per capita : 36,777 USD per year
  • Value added by sector : 2 % from agriculture, 54 % from services and 35 % from industry

Data provider : World Bank

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SDG 6 snapshot in Republic Of Korea

  • Drinking water

    98 % of the population in Republic Of Korea use a safely managed drinking water service (SDG indicator 6.1.1, 2017)
  • Sanitation

    100 % of the population in Republic Of Korea use a safely managed sanitation service (SDG indicator 6.2.1a, 2017)
  • Hygiene

    --- % of the population in Republic Of Korea have access to a basic handwashing facility (SDG indicator 6.2.1b, 2017)
  • Wastewater

    98 % of the household wastewater in Republic Of Korea are safely treated (SDG indicator 6.3.1, 2015)
  • Water quality

    87 % of water bodies covered by reporting in Republic Of Korea have a good ambient water quality (SDG indicator 6.3.2, 2017)
  • Efficiency

    26 $/m<sup>3</sup> is the value added from the use of water by people and the economy in Republic Of Korea (SDG indicator 6.4.1 on water-use efficiency, 2000)
  • Water stress

    85 % of the renewable water resources in Republic Of Korea are being withdrawn, after taking into account environmental flow requirements (SDG indicator 6.4.2 on level of water stress, 2014)
  • Water management

    68 % is the degree of implementation of integrated water resources management (IWRM) in Republic Of Korea (SDG indicator 6.5.1, 2017)
  • Transboundary

    0 % of transboundary basin area in Republic Of Korea have an operational agreement for water cooperation (SDG indicator 6.5.2, 2017)
  • Ecosystems

    0.7 % is the change in spatial extent of water-related ecosystems in Republic Of Korea in 2016 (compared to the baseline year period of 2001–2005), based on earth observation data (SDG indicator 6.6.1)
  • Cooperation

    n/a is the amount of water- and sanitation-related official development assistance disbursed to Republic Of Korea in 2017 (SDG indicator 6.a.1)
  • Participation

    --- Stakeholder participation is measured through multiple indicators which are not aggregated into one overall value (SDG indicator 6.b.1)

Drinking water

6.1.1 Proportion of population using drinking water services in Republic Of Korea, progress over time

6.1.1 Proportion of population using drinking water services in Republic Of Korea, by service level and by location (2017)

Sanitation and hygiene

6.2.1a Proportion of population using sanitation services in Republic Of Korea, progress over time

6.2.1a Proportion of population using sanitation services in Republic Of Korea, by service level and by location (2017)

6.2.1b Proportion of population with handwashing facilities with soap and water at home in Republic Of Korea, by service level and by location (2017)

Water quality and wastewater

6.3.1 Proportion of household wastewater treated in Republic Of Korea (2015), compared to other countries in the region

6.3.1 Proportion of wastewater treated in Republic Of Korea, by stream (2015)

6.3.2 Proportion of water bodies with good water quality in Republic Of Korea (2017), compared to other countries in the region

Water use and scarcity

Water resources and withdrawal in Republic Of Korea, per capita and by source

Long-term average annual precipitation in depth: 1,274 (mm/year) (2017)

Renewable water resources: 1,367 m3 per capita (2017)

Water withdrawal: 595 m3 per capita (2005)

Environmental flow requirements: 50 % of the renewable water resources (2017)

6.4.2 Level of water stress in Republic Of Korea, change over time, compared to countries in the same region

Water withdrawal by sector in Republic Of Korea, as a percentage of total water withdrawal (2003,2002,2016)

6.4.1 Water use efficiency (USD/m3) in Republic Of Korea, progress over time, compared to other countries in the region

Water resources management

6.5.1 Degree of integrated water resources management implementation (0-100) in Republic Of Korea, score by dimension (2017)

6.5.2 Proportion of transboundary basin area with an operational arrangement for water cooperation (%) in Republic Of Korea, by component (2017)

The “overall” SDG 6.5.2 indicator value represents the values for river and lake basins and transboundary aquifers combined. The SDG 6.5.2 indicator value can also be disaggregated into values for transboundary river and lake basins, and transboundary aquifers.

International cooperation and capacity-building

Annual expenditure for drinking water, sanitation and hygiene in Republic Of Korea (million 2014 USD), by source (())

Stakeholder participation

6.b.1 Existence of procedures defined in law or policy for participation of local communities in water and sanitation planning in Republic Of Korea ()