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The year of 2008 marked the 30th anniversary of the KRIHS.

On the occasion of the anniversary, the institute held the celebration ceremony on Oct. 1st., and announced a new organization logo for a fresh start. Since its creation in 1978, the institute have made full commitment to enhancing national territorial competitiveness and promoting future-oriented research activities in the fields like national and regional development planning, environment conservation, land and housing policy development, urban planning and development, infrastructure, GIS network and so on. With regard to the era of the Northeast Asia, we have conducted researches on achieving the Inter-Korean Prosperity and building the Northeast Asian cooperative community. At the same time, KRIHS fulfils its duties for developing the nation efficiently, supporting low-come families and conserving natural resources as well. As you are well aware of, we redouble our efforts for the development of territorial system.

More than 200 studies in a wide range of research fields were performed in 2008 with the goal of "Strengthening the basis of the national territorial development for Creative Growth." To achieve the objective, we set up three action plans: 1) Reinforcing national territorial competitiveness in response to future paradigm shift, 2) Increasing the quality of life in terms of culture, environment and living condition, 3)Promoting mutual prosperity in the era of the Northeast Asia. Researches conducted in each plan are followed below.

In regard of the first action plan, major representative researches include 'Establishment and Development of Mega-regional Economic Zone for National Territorial Competiveness', 'Measures for Establishment and Promotion of Polycentric Urban Region System for Future Balanced National Development', 'Development of System Dynamics Model for Housing Policy Impact Analysis', 'K-REITs as a Tool to Advance Real Estate Market of Korea: Policy Directions to Vitalizing K-REITs', 'The Development of Nationwide Road Net-work(II)', 'Intelligent National Territory Strategies for Innovation of National Territorial Information(II)', 'A Study on the Structural Changes of the Construction Surety Market.'

For the second action plan, a lot of studies were conducted, for example, 'Climate Change and Sustainable Land Management Strategies in Korea', 'A Study on the Disaster-Prevention Urban Planning for the Creation of Safe City', 'A Study on Improvement of Central Business District for Urban Regeneration', 'Livable City Making in Partnership with Citizens: Principles and Strategies', 'GIS-based Public Participation in Urban Planning: Design of Prototype Web2.0 Site and Policy Implications', 'Plan-based Land Management System on Increasing Urban Land' and 'A Study on Housing Support System for the Elderly based on Housing Demand analysis.'

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The 2008 KRIHS Annual Report contains the key findings of the major research projects that our fel-low researchers ardently carried out within the year. KRIHS wishes the major outcome presented in the report will be widely utilized by experts in relevant fields both at home and abroad. Also, I expect that the publication will serve as an occasion of reflecting on ourselves for a better research performance in the future.

KRIHS, as a specialized research institute on the use and conservation of the territory, will further commit itself to supporting and leading the government to effectively and practically promote territorial policies. I would like to welcome opinions and comments on our achievements as well as errors and mistakes last year from experts and public officials or related fields, who had been unfailing in their encouragement and advice for KRIHS throughout last year. Lastly, I look forward to your continued interest and support of KRIHS for many more years to come.

Thank you.