The Ministry of the Environment, Japan, is responsible for global environmental conservation, pollution control, and nature conservation. The ministry was formed in 2001 from the Environmental Agency established in 1971. Japan is one of the 8 founding countries of ICRI.
The Ministry of the Environment is currently leading the ICRI East Asia Regional Activities. More information.
The Government of Japan was the co-chair of the ICRI Secretariat, with Palau, in 2005/2007. More information.
For more information, go to http://www.env.go.jp/en/nature/npr/ramsar_wetland/pamph/index.html or http://www.ramsar.org/cda/en/ramsar-pubs-notes-anno-japan/main/ramsar/1-30-168%5E16573_4000_0__
The property numbers more than 30 islands clustered in three groups and covers surface area of 7,939 hectares. The islands offer a variety of landscapes and are home to a wealth of fauna, including the Bonin Flying Fox, a critically endangered bat, and 195 endangered bird species. Four-hundred and forty-one native plant taxa have been documented on the islands whose waters support numerous species of fish, cetaceans and corals. Ogasawara Islands' ecosystems reflect a range of evolutionary processes illustrated through its assemblage of plant species from both southeast and northwest Asia, alongside many endemic species. More information http://ogasawara-info.jp/en/index.html or http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1362
Last Updated: 27 July 2016