25-26 July 2009
Hamatonbetsu Town, Hokkaido Prefecture
|°°KODOMO Biodiversity: Kutcharo-ko was held in Hamatonbetsu Town, Hokkaido from 25th-26th July. This is the first official KODOMO Biodiversity program by Ramsar center Japan, following the trial program KODOMO Biodiversity: Kume-jima in April. Thirty-nine active participants from around the nation joined the program, including twelve from local Kutcharo-ko, four from Akkeshi-ko and Bekanbeushi-shitsugen, two from Kushiro-shitsugen, seven from Sarobetsu-genya, ten from Miyajima-numa, and one each from Yatsu-higata, Fujimae-higata, Shinji-ko, and Manko.|
|°°Proffessor Motokazu Ando from Tokyo University of Agriculture started
the first day with a brief lecture on °»Extinction of Japanese Otter Lutra
Nippon and Biodiversity°…. Participants then went out into the field in
groups, and searched for Treasures of Kutcharo-ko, which could be forms
of life or sceneries that are distinct to Kutcharo-ko. Though the cloudy
and drizzly weather and chilly temperature was unfortunate, participants
were able to enter the lake and look for shrimps and lobsters using nets
with assistance from staff members of the town, and learned about the local
history and nature through displays at the water birds watching facility.
|°°Back indoors, participants discussed on the themes of °»biodiversity°… and
°»Treasures of Kutcharo-ko°…. Each group came up with six Treasures and its
illustrations, ranked up the top three °»Kutcharo-ko marvelous ranking°…
and discussed on the catch copy.
||°°On the next day, each group presented their °»Kutcharo-ko marvelous ranking°…,
under facilitator Daisuke Nakamura. Participants chose six Treasures and
its illustrations to represent Kutcharo-ko. They also decided the main
catch copy, and created the poster for KODOMO Biodiversity: Kutcharo-ko.
|The six Treasures and the main catch copy chosen by the thirty-nine participants are as follows:
1. °…A Happy Ring of Swans°… °»Kutcharo-ko Itself°… °…Many Life°…
2. °…White-tailed Sea Eagle and Steller°«s Sea Eagle°…
3. °…Fun Kutcharo-ko°…
Catch copy: °»Let°«s go to Kutcharo-ko, full with treasure°…
|°°KODOMO Biodiversity: Kutcharo-ko was one of the events organized for the
20th Anniversary of Kutcharo-ko°«s registration as a Ramsar Site. Conferences
for Hokkaido Ramsar Network and symposiums were held simultaneously. Members
of the Conference visited KODOMO Biodiversity on the second day, and the
events ended lively with everybody°«s support.
We would like to thank members of Hamatonbetsu Town, who supported the event in advance, and also provided delicious dinner tent management during the program.
|Thank you very much, everybody!
The next KODOMO Biodiversity will be held in Manko in Okinawa from 21st-22nd September.