The Fund which supports Nature Conservation Projects for Asia - Pacific Region


Keidanren Nature Conservaition Fund / Keidanren Committee on Nature Conservation


Supported Projects 2007

Supported Projects 2007

1. Conservation and Research Project on Orangutans in East Kalimantan. (Indonesia)
Japan Indonesia Orangutan Conservation and Research Committee (Japan)
http://orangutan.ld.infoseek.co.jp/
Rainforest of the Kutai National Park in East Kalimantan was seriously damaged by forest fire, and orangutans lost their parts of habitats. As continuing a research on the pointed individuals of orangutans, activities include patrol on the poachers and tree-cuttings, care on the observation traces and the management of the research camps. In the northern part of the Kutai prefecture where exploitation of a limestone is planed, a suggestion to construct new National Park is required.
2. Conservation of Endangered Hawksbill Turtle at Kimal island, Bangka Belitung (Indonesia)
Yayasan Alam Lestari -- Pusat Penelitian Penyu Indonesia (Indonesia) (Indonesia Sea Turtle Research Center)
Hawksbill turtle is listed in the Red Data Book of IUCN. At Kimal island, about 300 nests of the hawksbill turtle are found, but all eggs at this island are harvested by local fishmen. To set up the conservation system of Hawksbill turtles and their eggs, activities such as setting the guards, monitoring of nests and eggs, tagging program and cleaning and maintaining of nesting beach has been carried out. Through these activities, it is intended to train young Indonesian reserchers.
3. Environmental Education and Participatory Conservation project (Indonesia)
Japan Environmental Education Forum (Japan)
http://www.jeef.or.jp/
Villages at Bogor and Sukabumi district in the west Jawa Province are close to nature reserves, and there are some endangered species. Local people in these area depend on natural resources such as trees and endangered species for their lives. To save natural resources from being dried up and keep nature reseves quiet, participatory conservation activities are indispensable. Environmental education and community based natural resource management are planned to do.
4. Threat Assessment of East Bornean Orangutans in East Kalimantan (Indonesia)
IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group (Switzerland)
http://www.primate-sg.org/
The province of East Kalimantan, Indonesia is a hotspot of primates diversity where thirteen species live. As an over-exploitaiton due to the increase of human population is acceralerated, however, fragmentaiton of primates' habitat and hunting pressure are driving them into danger of extinction. To protect these endangered species and their habitat, monitoring system is established and data analysis is conducted to determine the status of orangutan.
5. Mangrove Rehabilitation in Migratory Shore Bird Habitat of Deli Serdang District of North Sumatra Province (Phase II) (Indonesia)
Yayasan Akasia (Indonesia)
Deli Serdang district was covered with natural mangrove forests and suitable habitat for migratory shore birds. However, now, destruction activities are ongoing. This project aims at three purposes. One is improving local leaders and community capacity. Secondly, it's required to enrich biodiversity of mangrove ecosystem and plant population to absorb CO2. Finally, participation of local people is important to strengthen conservation awareness and knowledge. Operating coastal conservation spot news through the community radio has been continued.
6. Green Carpet Project Phase III (Thailand)
Research Association for Global Mangrove (Japan)
http://www.alles.or.jp/~mangrove/
This year is the second year of Phase III (2006-2007) aiming at reproduction of rich ecosystem and biodiversity. Correspondent activities are: mangrove planting in abandoned shrimp ponds(75ha), aftercare of project sites already planted in Phases I & II, following-up survey after planting by three study groups of forestry, fishery and socio-economics, and study on absorbed volume of CO2 at the project sites.
7. Environmental Education Network in Border area of Northeast and North of Thailand (Thailand)
Raks Thai Foundation (Thailand)
http://www.raksthai.org/
People living in the target area along Mekong river suffer from soil pollution caused by misuse of chemical fertilizers and droughout of their fields. In addition, community forests are being devastated because of unorganized logging. It is needed to apply knowledge and efforts which Raks Thai gained in the North to Northeast so that community by themselves can manage their natural resources in local level. In the first year of this project, establishment of environmental education programs is focused.
8. Philippine Eagle research and conservation project along the Northeastern Sierra Madre, Luzon (Philippine)
Conservation International, Philippine (Philippine)
http://www.conservation.org/
Philippine Eagle is a rare bird, but their habitat is being shrunk due to exploitation of primeval forests. Philippine Eagle is seriously in danger of dying out. Based on data through research and analysis, comprehensive management system is established by plotting where eagles are found on the map. Understand and awareness are expected to increase.
9. Practical Environmental Education for Children through Creation of School Gardens (Vietnam)
Institute of Cultural Affairs Japan (Japan)
http://www.icajapan.org/
The Dong Sang community is one of the poorest communes in Vietnam and landslides frequently happen due to illegal logging. They have a low income and literacy rates, but environmental education will help students increase their knowledge and awareness. Farmers will learn to compost waste to make organic fertiliser so that slash-and-burn can be prevented. Through environmental education programs at schools, local people start to understand the importance of biodiversity and sustainable natural resources use.
10. Patricianly rural development and environment protection in Northern Mountainous area in Vietnam (Vietnam)
Japan International Volunteer Center (Japan)
http://www.ngo-jvc.net/
The villagers' livelihood is threatened in Hoa Binh Province due to decrease of forest and agricultural products. To address the situation, the project promotes environmental education, workshops on natural resources management, sustainable agriculture, rice-duck farming, seed selection and preservation, attendance of international conferences and study tour abroad. These activities are expected to link with the increase of awareness from villagers regarding natural resources.
11. Supporting Community-based Tourism and Student Research of Critically Endangered Primates in Van Long Nature Reserve (Vietnam)
Conservation International, India Burma (Cambodia)
http://www.conservation.org/
In Van Long National Reserve, there are some critically endangered primates. They are facing extinction because of illegal hunting. In this protected area, various agreements are concluded among the province, local people and NGO to establish appropriate management system. Activities are based on local levels and encourage local people to participate the project. Patrol against poachers is strengthened by rangers and students at Hanoi University learn to be a researcher through joining in the project.
12. Community Based Forestry in Kampong Thom (Cambodia)
Mlup Baitong (Cambodia)
http://www.mlup.org/
The target area Prasat Sambor is covered with a huge forest (80,000ha) and has a rich biodiversity. However, biodiversity has been lost due to excessive exploitation and deforestation. This project aims at building the capacity to manage community forest and rehabilitate the forest. After a few years, local people will be able to manage their community forest independently. Once this project is succeeded at one community, other local community also will get interested in it one after another.
13. Sustainable Agriculture to Promote Restoration and Effective Use of Local Natural Resources (Cambodia)
Japan International Volunteer Center (Japan)
http://www.ngo-jvc.net/
The project site has severe challenge for agriculture with sandy soil and less rainfall, and no flood from the Mekong River that brings fertile soil to the rice field. It aims at protection and utilization of local natural resources by villagers and securing stable life in rural areas. In order to realize development and stable life, it is imperative to restore natural resources and promote effective use of these resources.
14. The Creation of a Eco-Cultural Center : Environmental education for the protection of natural environment and the preservation of cultural heritage in the Punsunai site (Cambodia)
Environment, Economy and Civilization - The 21th Global Program (Japan)
Phum Snay Village which has only 91 households and 473 population is a historically important place. There are relics of an ancient civilication in 1000B.C. In order to protect nature environment and cultural heritages, a eco-cultural center is built. This building can be the center of environmental education to train the mind of local people of Cambodia to protect nature and to preserve cultural heritage.
15. Regeneration of Tropical Rain Forest in Sarawak, Malaysia (Malaysia)
Japan-Malaysia Association (Japan)
http://www.jma-wawasan.com/
For the implementation of the project to conserve rainforest and its biodiversity, the following activities are planned: a) forestation, maintenance and construction of forest road out of the area of 25ha, and agro forestry with assistance of experts from Japan and from Sarawak's local communities; b) help local people raise seedlings; c) distribution of text books on environmental education, written in Malay (500 copies); d) research in cooperation with University Malaysia Sarawak.
16. Environmental Education and Advocacy through Visual Documentation (Laos)
Mekong Watch (Japan)
http://www.mekongwatch.org/
People living in Laos have been conducting farming and gathering in a sustainable manner that preserved the natural environment. Lately, however, economical development has impacted on villagers' tradition lifestyle and resource management. It's urgent to address how severe the impact is. So, Mekong Watch produces a television program to broadcast it and utilize visual documentation in the Mekong Watch Resources Center as an environmental education material.
17. Promotion for the project of the protection of grassland and for environment education in Xilinhot City, China's province Inner Mongolia (China)
Graduate School of Environmental Sciences -- Nature School of Aomori University (Japan)
http://www.aomori-u.ac.jp/intro/master/index.html
In Xilinhot City, people earn their livelihood with livestock product processing and folkcraft article industry, so the grassland is important natural source. Unfortunately, however, excessive pasturage caused lack of grassland. Activities to restore their environment include: a)environmental education toward residents for the implementation of greening policies; b)assisting guidance on tree planting activities; c)development of infrastructures.
18. Biodiversity Conservation Program at the World Natural Heritage Site "Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas" (China)
Organization for International Exchange of Green-Culture, The University of Tokyo (Japan)
The site is boundaries of the Three Parallel Rivers (Yangtze, Mekong and Salween) National Park. Activities are implemented to conserve the primary forests, revitalize the endangered ecosystem and biodiversity, raise public awareness about environmental protection, contribute to improve the living conditions of the local community, and promote a recycling-oriented society with sustainable development. To achieve these objectives, Biodiversity-Conservation Center will be established at the site.
19. Afforestation in Hulun Buir league in Inner Mongolia (China)
Hulun Buir Green (Japan)
http://www2.u-netsurf.ne.jp/~s-juku/ho_greening_top.html
The district lies in the west foot of the Da Hingan Ling mountains, and is fragile ecoenvironmentally with frequent natural disasters. Concrete activities of this project are: a) Fire preventive road construction of "China-Japan Friendship Afforestation Base"; b) implementation of test-planting; c) tree-planting by schoolchildren at "Children Afforestation Base", and d) beautification of Bunkagai school grounds.
20. Construction of a model of reforestation with diversity phase 3 (China)
Authorized special non-profit corporation Green Earth Network (Japan)
http://homepage3.nifty.com/gentree/
Datong is suffering from severe soil erosion, desertification and water shortage. It also supplies source of water and sandstone for Beijing and Tianjin. The project contemplates growing nursery trees, mainly local native species, and fruit trees such as apricot, as well as establishing local economic infrastructure for continuous management of afforestation. The result of experiment is published as a text book to expand techniques.
21. The model project of biodiversity protection and grassland regeneration in the area of Alashan (China)
Non-Profit Organization of International Desert's Green Association (Japan)
http://www8.plala.or.jp/tutumkai/
The district is located in the grassland that degenerated heavily by the erosion of the desertification. Through afforestation, this project contributes to the grassland regeneration, desertification and sand storm prevention, and biodiversity protection. These activities are also expected to improve the environmental conservation awareness of local people. Other activities are measurement investigation, environmental education, international exchange, and invitation of specialists.
22. Conservation of natural habitat and their genetic resources in the highland of Rawala Kot area of Kashmir (Pakistan)
Tsukuba Association Supporting Overseas PGR Activities -- TASO-PGR (Japan)
The target area is abundant in medicinal plant resources, but it's damaged by the earthquake in September 2005. To save the medicinal plants from the threat of genetic erosion due to over exploitation, survey of habitat to investigate the medicinal plants, collection of important species to store genetic resources, and training of the key person for innovative technologies through a study tour in Japan are carried out.
23. Sea Turtles and Mangrove: Environmental Education to Restore and Conserve Natural Diversity in the RushikuLya Estuary, Orissa (India)
PALLISHREE (India)
http://www.pallishreeindia.org/
The Rushikulya Estuary is the second largest mass nesting beach of the endangered Live Ridley Sea Turtle. This area used to be covered with dense mangrove forests and have a rich biodiversity. The project is planned for 3 years, and this is the second year. Center for Environmental Awareness and Education will be established to educate students about sea turtles, mangroves this year. Other activities include mangrove plantation, setting of eco-tourism, training to eco guide, and so on.
24. Mangroves Development Programme, Andhra Pradesh (India)
Modern Architects for Comprehensive Rural Development (India)
Coastal belt of Ongole district in Andhra Pradesh State, India has been affected with tsunami due to deforestation of mangrove and disturbed the normal livelihoods of the people. The community has decided to redevelop the mangrove area which was shifted to shrimp cultivation. The community starts having a discussion to form a group of mangrove plantation. Promotion of environmental education in schools is also provided.
25. Community Driven Natural Resource Management for Biodiversity Conservation in Dudhwa National Park in India (India)
Centre for Environment Education (India)
http://www.ceeindia.org/
Dudhwa National Park(DNP) is situated at the foothills of Himalaya having very rich biological diversity. Nowadays, however, DNP is facing enormous pressure due to forest dependent communities living inside protected area. The purpose of the project is natural resource management and biodiversity conservation through participatory approaches by involving communities to improve livelihood skills through capacity building.
26. Public Mobilization and Awareness Building Programmes for Conservation of River Yamuna through School Education (India)
Indian Environmental Society (India)
http://www.iesglobal.org/
Yamuna River is a lifeline for people in Delhi and provides drinking water, irrigation to a vast area and helps in generating electric power. Nowadays, the river is polluted by untreated sewage and industrial waste. To address how dirtay the river is now and persuage people to restore River Yamuna, workshops and seminars are implemented through school education. Documentaitons are published to get public participation.
27. Community Based Conservation and Regeneration of Mangrove Forest in Maheshkhali Island (Bangladesh)
Bangladesh POUSH (Bangladesh)
At Maheshkhali Island located in the Bay of Bengal, 70 species of water birds, 100 species native birds are found, but the eco-system and biodiversity are being lost due to the destruction of mangrove forests. The coastal area has been seriously damaged by tsunami and cyclone. To conserve bio-diversity and the environment, plantatiton of mangrove forests will be implemented to regenerate the eco-system.
28. Conservation and Monitoring of Migratory Shore Birds in Coastal Areas of Bangladesh with Emphasis on Spoon-billed Sand Piper 2nd Phase (Bangladesh)
Nature Conservation Management (Bangladesh)
The project site is characterized mainly by mudflats and mangrove forest, which is important staging grounds for migratory birds. The main purpose of the project is to survey and protect shore birds, especially spoon billed sand piper which is only few hundred pairs probably recorded in the world. Monitoring is carried out to identify the threats of birds and a poster is made to raise awaerness of local people for conservation.
29. The Eastern Himal Conservation Project: Establishing a Community-Based Conservation Corridor between Mt. Makalu and Kanchenjunga Protected Areas (Nepal)
The Mountain Institute (U.S.A)
http://www.mountain.org/
The Eastern Himal region is one of the largest transboundary corridor and biodiversity "hotspot", but up to this date, no community conservation effort has been exercised. With KNCF support in 2006, a community-managed contiguous conservation corridor was established, and this year, it's focused to strengthen local capacities and build networks with governmental and non-governmental organizations to conserve this corridor.
30. Tangible cultural Values of the Himalayan Mountain Wetlands (Nepal)
Forum for Ecosystem Management (Nepal)
The Gosainkund Lake in Langtang National Park is regarded as a religiously sacred Himalayan mountain lake. The lake is a habitat for endangered species such as red panda and musk deer. The survey as one of activities pursues the cultural values of the lake and its resources. Other activities include community meetings, data collection, and community discussion and validation of results.
31. Support Environmental Education of 100 School based Nature Clubs (Bhutan)
Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN) (Bhutan)
http://www.rspn-bhutan.org/
In Bhutan, environmental education is not adequately introduced into the formal education system. RSPN is the first and the only NGO in Bhutan to concern with the conservation of Bhutan's environment, and train the young generation through the environmental education at Nature Clubs. RSPN supports the administration of Nature Clubs and gives an essay writing competition to make the students realize the environmental problems.
32. Community based conservation of the Bikin River Watershed (Russia)
FoE Japan (Japan)
http://www.FoEJapan.org/
The project site covers the Krasny Yara Village and the Bikin River watershed which is crucial for the survival of Amur tiger and Siberian tiger. Local people are tackling poaching of endangered species and logging threat, and the activities aim at assistance to the creation of community-run hunting refuge, anti-poaching patrol of the watershed, and environmental education at local schools. Activities are base on cooperation with local people.
33. Tree Planting Project on the side of Babeldaob Road (Palau)
Belau Cares, Inc. (Palau)
At Babeldaob Isaland which is a main island in Palau, soil erosion is an ongoing problem due to the construction of the road surrounding the whole island. It is imperative that Palau must plant trees to cover all the bear areas so that landscape and water source is protected. Activities include improvement of all plant nurseries, layout the plan for actual planting, and implementation of a nation-wide tree planting.
34. Rescuing and restoring native ecosystems of Galapagos: Conservation planning, monitoring and protection (Ecuador)
The Charles Darwin Research Station (Ecuador)
http://www.darwinfoundation.org/
Galapagos archipelago has a rich endemic fauna and flora, but destruction of nature is evolved at some parts of island due to the increase of population and immigrants. To preserve natural ecosystems of individual islands, the reintroduction of giant tortoise, replanting juveniles to field and monitoring those in different conditions of cages and animal pressures, and comparative investigations of nearly extinct population are carried out.
35. Reforestation and environmental education toward 50th anniversary of settlement at Yguazu, Part2 (Paraguay)
Asociacion Japonesa de Yguazu (Paraguay)
Iguazu is a municipality in Alto Parana Province, Paraguay. Reforestation is implemented through such activities as the construction of a nursery center and expansion of environmental education through tree planting, survey of the planting sites, and public information by local and Japanese mass media to diffuse the importance of reforestation. It is urgently needed to sustain agriculture in Alto Parana Province.
36. Restoring the Madagascar forest corridor (Madagascar)
Man and the Environment (Madagascar)
http://www.madagascar-environnement.com/
It is important to keep a forest corridor between the northern and the southern biodiversity richest part of the island. The purpose of this KNCF supported project is to launch the afforestation of the areas needed to restore a rainforest corridor for specimens and species exchanges. Concrete activities are design of a map showing the areas for forest regeneration versus for agriculture improvement, extension of the tree nursery, and employment of local people for planting the trees.
37. Tree Planting with Community (Kenya)
The Green Belt Movement (Kenya)
http://www.greenbeltmovement.org/
At the turn of the 20th century Kenya had about 30% natural forest cover, now it is only 1.7%. To support community groups to restore the deforested areas, this project aims to diversify the use of forests to meet basic needs, and raised conservation values among forest-adjacent communities. Afforestation is advanced with workshops, establishment of working groups, providing tools and materials needed for tree planting, exchange of seeds and skills.
38. The Project for Environmental and Conservation Education among the Local Community and School Children, and for Development of Community-driven Network for Conservation of the Endemic Species in Kakamega Forest (Kenya)
Friends Society for Kenyan Children (Japan)
http://www.shonenkenya.com/
Kakamega Forest is the only rainforest remaining in the East Africa. This area is very important at the point of rich biodiversity. For past 25 years, however, the half of the rainforest has been destroyed. To conserve the nature environment, cultivation of medicinal plants and an establishment of wells are implemented. To increase awarerness of local people, the environmental education seminor is given.
39. Building capacity and strengthening policies for coastal communities to manage their marine resources in East Africa (East Africa Region)
IUCN Eastern Africa Regional Office (Kenya)
http://www.iucn.org/earo/
The coastal area of East Africa is a habitat of many species such as coral reefs, seaweeds and sea turtles. Along the coastal area in Tanzania, coastal tropical forest is spreading. The purpose of this project is to improve coastal natural resource management and coastal peoples' lives. This purpose will be achived by Coastal communities' livelihoods enhancement, diversification supported, and policy formulation.
40. Protection environment for living creatures diversification in Masai Mara National Reserve (Kenya)
Mara Conservancy (Kenya)
http://www.mpata.com/
Masai Mara National Reserve is a very important area since the main income of Kenya relies heavily on the tourist industry. However, there are many financial and technical problems especially in infrastructure, which is seriously influential to the wild animal lives. The soil is easily damaged after safari cars run when it rains. Main activities include planning of road construction works, procurement of repair equipment, and monitoring/ assessment of maintenance and usage of roads.
41. Establishment of eco-friendly type community development model for food security in Malawi, South Africa (Malawi)
Nippon International Cooperation for Community Development (Japan)
http://www.kyoto-nicco.org/
In Malawi, deforestation is spreading due to increase of population, and the erosion of soil is caused. In this project, afforestation with the purpose of environmental safeguard such as soil conservation, distribution of the cereal seeds, and construction of ecological-sanitation toilets are planned. The method of organic farming is based on Permaculture and it leads to increase of food production.
42. Survey/Awareness raising Activities for the Recovery of Endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper (Asia)
Japan Wetland Action Network (Japan)
http://www.jawan.jp/
The project focuses on migration biology and strategy of Spoon-billed Sandpiper for establishing recovery of species population, as well as on obtaining knowledge of staging and wintering. For this, surveys in Thailand, Vietnam, China and Korea are implemented, establishing data of observation of the species throughout the year and editing & publishing related materials.
43. Distribution of environmental TV programs throughout Asian developing countries (Asia)
Television Trust for the Environment, Japan Committee (Japan)
http://www.tve.org/
Though visual media had developed in Asian countries, tendency of TV programs are likely to be entertainment and there is only limited source for educational TV programs. Visual contents are the effective tools for audience to learn environmental issues. However, developing countries in Asia often lacks systems for producing such programs. Therefore, this project aims at offering good quality educational and environmental programs for free of charge for those countries.
44. Asian Wetland Initiative: Phase II (Asia)
Ramsar Center Japan (Japan)
http://homepage1.nifty.com/rcj/
In Asia, there is a variety of wetland ecosystems such as coral reefs, mangrove forests, lakes, rivers etc. These days, however, its rich ecosystems have been rapidly lost due to population exposition, economic development, unsustainable use of natural resources and climate change. Concrete activities: Continuation of AWIC; Research and review AWIC; Regional Workshop; Wrap up and recommendation; Reporting, and Promoting discussion on how to contribute to the Ramsar COP10.
45. The Asian Waterbird Census -- promoting waterbird and wetland conservation in the Asia-Pacific region (Asia-Pacific)
Wetland International-Malaysian Office (formerly Wetland International Asia-Pacific) (Malaysia)
http://www.wetlands.org/
The Asia-Pacific region has large areas of coastal and freshwater wetland and is a hotspot for over 400 species of waterbirds. To fulfill the purpose of the project, activities are undertaken to promote communication across AWC volunteer and coordinators network, to support the development of technical materials for service de Asian Waterbird Census, and to publish the most up to date AWC information for conservation. This year, status book of 20 years overview about Waterbirds in Asia is published.
46. Implementing the Ramsar Convention through Local Conservation Groups at Important Bird Areas in Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia (Asia)
NPO BirdLife Asia (Japan)
http://www.birdlife-asia.org/
Wetlands in Asia are very poorly protected, so new mehods are required to support populations of globally threatened birds. This project is based on good experiences in Vietnam, supported by KNCF 2004-06, and aims at establishing IBA Local Conservation Groups at important wetland sites in Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia. In addition, it is planned to contribute to the Ramsar COP10 in Korea in November 2008.
47. Improvement of the Database on Asian Environment NGOs including the search function (Asia)
The Japan Environmental Education Forum (Japan)
http://www.jeef.or.jp/
When the nature conservation activities start in Asia, the existence of the local NGOs in that country is crucial to make the project being succeeded. JEEF had been creating the database of environment NGOs in East Asian countries, and has gathered data from 14 countries. Due to lack of search function, however, the database has not actively utilized. This project aims to create an accurate/useful Asian database of environment NGOs which everybody is able to utilize.
48. Oceanic information management and the personnel training of northern four islands that make Japan-Russia cooperation management (shift period) (JAPAN and RUSSIA)
Marine Wildlife Center of JAPAN (Incorporated Non Profit Organization/NPO) (Japan)
The project area is the territorial and the coastal of the northern territory comprising the islands of Etorofu, Kunashiri, Shikotan and Habomai. This area is one of the most highest life-productive and biodiversity region. Due to the pressure of recent poaching, however, natural resources have been damaged. The project contemplates implementing field investigation to gather information in northern four islands.
49. A global plan to Red List the world's plants: Preliminary plant assessments using RapidList to contribute to a global undertaking to help determine the conservation status of the world's plants, as called for by the UN CBD Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) (Global)
IUCN -- The World Conservation Union (Switzerland)
http://www.iucn.org/themes/ssc/
The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species contains few conservation assessments for plants, so people lack ways to access data of endangerd plant species. This project will develop a tool which brings together available information on the status of plant in the world through IT programmes and softwares. IUCN SSC plant Specialist Groups use this programmes to conduct standardized plant assessments from the regional scale to the global scale.
50. Natural Resource Management Project through Revitalization of Rural Economy in Ikadachi Shinoryuuge-cho, Ohtsu-shi, Shiga prefecture (Japan)
Nippon International Cooperation for Community Development (Japan)
http://www.kyoto-nicco.org/
A great part of forest is damaged and fallen trees are left in the project site (north-east of Mt. Hiei) the flatland of which is on the processing plant of Industrial wastes discharged into the Wanigawa river and then polluting the Lake Biwa. NICCO intends to recover the forest function of environmental conservation through construction of nurseries for transplant, seminars on appropriate agricultural techniques, and exchange with other organizations that are preserving water quality of Lake Biwa.
51. Inner-tag application program for sea turtles to examine age of maturity (Japan)
Yakushima Umigame Kan (Japan)
http://www.umigame-kan.org/
The loggerhead turtle and the green turtle are regarded as endangered species by the Ministry of Environment. To protect these turtles, planned activities are preparation of inner tags to identify migration, dispersal pattern of hatchlings and their mortality, conservation of turtle eggs, examination of hatching/ emergence successes, collection of hatching, application of inner tags, and propaganda on the web year around.
52. Development of methodology for citizen-based participatory research and guidebook on benthos organisms using Matsukawaura Lagoon and Fujimae-higata as model sites (Japan)
Wetlands International Japan (Japan)
http://www.wi-japan.com/
Matsukawaura is a lagoon located in the estuarie of the Uda and Koizumi Rivers, and Fujimae-higata is an estuarine tidal flat selected as a Ramsar Convention Wetland of International Importance in 2002. These estuarines are hotspots of migratory shorebirds and has a rich biodiversity. To maintain sustainable ecosystem in the estuarines, a citizen-based research methodology is planned and supplementary guidebook will be published.
53. Sado Crested Ibis Freeing into Wilderness Support Project (Japan)
Medaka-no-Gakkou (Japan)
http://www.npomedaka.net/
Under a plan for returning into wilderness Sado crested ibis, rice fields, which serve as their feeding area, are increased in Niibo, Ryotsu and other sites of Sado Island. The plan encourages making rice cultivation under an agricultural technique without usuing chemical fertilizer called "no-cultivation/ winter/ water/ rice field". There is a plan of technical instruction and green tourism to encourage consumption expansion of this rice with the purpose of reaching 100ha by 2010.
54. Improvement of river environment where a rare fish Kirikuchi charr's habits (Japan)
Aquatic Life Conservation Society (Japan)
Kirikuchi charr lives only in the area of two streams which are Nose River and Ten River. Kirikuchi charr is a fish listed as "Endangered" under IUCN categories, and as "threatened local populations" in the Red Data Book of Japan. To restore their habitat for breeding, ecological & ethological study, improvement of river environment and data analysis are carried out.
55. The Environmental Partnership Project in Lake Kasumigaura and Kitaura (Japan)
Nonprofit Organization the Asaza Fund (Japan)
http://www.kasumigaura.net/asaza/
The project aims at improving the quality of the water, facilitating fishing and farming industry, and supplying safe and healthy food. To achieve the purposes, activities of capture of alien fish over 100tons, examination to estimate good influences on indigenous fish and environment education at junior-high schools around the lake through teaching Food Education are planned to do.
56. Mt. Fuji Environmental Leader Training Project (Japan)
Mt. Fuji Club (Japan)
http://www.fujisan.or.jp/
Expanding education activities by the citizens themselves in order to solve the environmental problem existing in the surrounding area of the Mt. Fuji, personnel training for the formation of leaders aiming at a sustainable practical protection and preservation of the environment is carried out.
57. General Study of Dormice -- on their protection, forest conservation and application to environmental education at Japan and abroad, especially aiming to popularize the Animal Pathway (Japan, UK)
The Japanese Dormice Preservation & Research Group (Japan)
The Japanese dormice are one of the natural monuments of Japan and also a quasi-extinct species. Activities of the project include; 1) Ecological study at five locations (three in Japan and two in U.K.) to clarify and compare life histories of dormice at different environments, 2) Ethological study to clarify arboreal behavior of dormice, 3) Development of Animal Pathway is advanced through partnership with construction companies.
58. Tsushima Leopard Cat Recovery Project (Japan)
Conservation & Animal Welfare Trust; CAWTrust (Japan)
http://yanbarukuina.jp/
The Tsushima Leopard Cat, indigenous to the island of Tsushima in Nagasaki prefecture, is a critically endangered species. CAWTrust is ready to give emergency medical care for any injured leopard cat, to motivate people to keep their cats inside, particularly when they have fatal diseases, so as to prevent the Tsushima Leopard Cats from becoming infested, and to do epidemiological research of the domestic cats.
59. Habitat restoration for Japanese ibis (Nipponia Nippon) in "satoyama" landscape and construction of an education system to train nature volunteers (Japan)
Field Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Niigata University (Japan)
http://agrews.agr.niigata-u.ac.jp/tokipro/
The aim of this project is to restore Satoyama ecosystem in Sado Island and to make a model of preferable habitat ibis which is to be restored into nature in 2008. Construction of feeding area in the winter time and establishment of environment education system are also urged. Other activities are as follows; monitoring the dynamics of plant & animal community and establishing the sustainable agricultural model. In this project, local people, NGOs and researchers are expected to cooperate with each other.