by EAAFP Secretariat
Japan’s Focal Point, Ms. Kaori Tsujita, Wildlife Division, Nature Conservation Bureau, Ministry of the Environment, Japan, visited the EAAFP Secretariat on 17 August 2015 and gave us a presentation on the national partnership in Japan. She also visited several important wetlands in and around Songdo where the Secretariat is located.
There are 32 Flyway Network Sites (FNS) in Japan, the most of any country in the Flyway. Depending on its importance to different groups of waterbirds, each FNS is assigned to the Anatidae (20), Shorebird (11) and/or Crane (7) national network.
Each network has a coordinator to facilitate the sharing of information and experiences including through publishing newsletters several times a year. Additionally, the Ministry of the Environment, Japan organises a networking event for any of those network once in one or two years where experts, FNS managers, staff from visitor centres, and relevant NGOs, as well as local government officials, gather together to strengthen their networks and exchange information, issues, and experiences. The budget is provided by the Ministry of the Environment, Japan.
Such a national mechanism for communication among agencies, site managers and experts plays an important role in national level implementation of the objectives of EAAFP. The MOE-J is now trying to develop a list of local NGOs that are involved in management of FNS to enhance collaboration with them.
Her presentation is available: here