The EAAFP Secretariat welcomes a new Communications Officer: Tomoko Ichikawa from Japan.
Tomoko has been working in the field of wetland CEPA (Communication, Education, Participation, and Awareness) through her career. She started conservation works as a ranger at the Yatsuhigata tidal flat Ramsar site, and later at the Toyota City Nature Sanctuary that now includes the Tokai Hilly Land Spring-fed Mires Ramsar site. She then joined the Ramsar Center Japan, where she supported Asian wetland conservation NGOs through fundraising and organising Asian Wetland Symposia, also contributed to creating opportunities for children and youth to get connected and involved in conservation activities through CEPA activities. She contributed to the Bornean Biodiversity and Ecosystem Conservation Programme as a wetland management and Environmental Education expert, and worked with various stakeholders on the implementation of the Sabah Environmental Education Policy and the management plan of the protected areas in Sabah, Malaysia. Recently she has contributed in the preparation of the fifth national report for the Convention on the Biological Diversity at the Ministry of the Environment Japan. There she also took an initiative in the Youth Session of the Asian Parks Congress, that provides an opportunity for the youths in Asia to express their concerns and wills on protected area conservation. She has a Master’s degree in Environmental Economics at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom. She has been interested in the ways people value things and how it changes. She loves shorebirds and has a keen interest in creating opportunities for various stakeholders especially youth to get involved in bird watching and wetlands conservation activities.