Biodiversity

Biodiversity

Hokkaido occupies one fourth of the area of all of Japan, and is blessed with beautiful nature, from wide swaths of forest, wetlands, and lakes and ponds, as well as various wild creatures. The clean air and water produced in Hokkaido supports not only the sustenance and life for residents in Hokkaido, but also provides abundant agriculture and fishing industries, which are also attractive tourism resources. In order to pass this abundant and wonderful natural environment to the next generation, while using its blessings in a sustainable way, the understanding and cooperation of residents in Hokkaido, as well as each visitor to Hokkaido, are essential.

As the executive office of the Hokkaido Biodiversity Conservation Activities Cooperated Support (HoBiCC), we seek to raise public awareness through educational activities on biodiversity and promote projects as countermeasures for introduced species, in coordination with the local government, activity organizations and experts of the field.

Public Awareness Activities

Public Awareness Activities

We hold workshops to deepen knowledge of unique large mammals in Hokkaido (brown bears and Yezo sika deers, etc.), seminars to train human resources which are essential for the preservation of biodiversity, and provision of opportunities to learn about importance of biodiversity and conservation approaches and their targeted companies.

Countermeasure Projects for Introduced Species

Countermeasure Projects for Introduced Species

In addition to the control of the European bumblebee, which is designated as an invasive alien species by the Ministry of Environment, we support local volunteers who carry out extermination activities in each area in Hokkaido. We also prepare public awareness materials such as the gtrunk kith which contains a package of actual specimens and resources.

Major projects implemented in recent years

  • Symposiums, etc. under themes such as the gboundary between large mammals and humans,h gmeasures for overgrazing by deer and the effective use of deer meat,h and the gcontrol and use of non-native fishh have been held
  • Meetings for reading research papers by high school students in Hokkaido were held during the International Wildlife Management Congress
  • Workshops on biodiversity targeting the construction industry have been held
  • Seminars to train human resources to carry out conservation of nature and the environment have been held.
  • Workshops on alien species have been held.
  • Hands on sessions for the control of the European bumblebee and education events for public awareness have been held.
  • Prizes were awarded to organizations for environmental conservation activities regarding food and the environment