International Workshop on the Wise Use of Lagoon Wetlands, Kushiro, Japan

14/05/2003

The 10th Anniversary of the Ramsar COP5, Kushiro Conference

International Workshop on Wise Use of Lagoon Wetlands

First Announcement


* Introduction

"Lagoon wetlands" appear in the inter-tidal zones, where sea water and fresh water meet each other. It has a tremendously high biodiversity, which makes it an extremely important habitat for a wide variety of wildlife. Human beings have also been utilizing this precious natural resources for fishery and livelihood since the ancient times. However, the increase of human use have promoted reclamation, landfill, and drainage of the lagoon wetlands in a dramatic speed, which lead to serious problems such as water pollution, loss of biodiversity, and the collapse of fisheries.

The purpose of this workshop is to provide an opportunity to learn, exchange ideas, and explore the solution for the conservation, restoration, and wise use of the lagoon wetlands in Asia including Japan. Furthermore, we are aiming at expanding the network among researchers, NGO staffs, and governmental officials who cope with these issues nationally, and internationally.

* Date
July 23rd (Wed.), 2003 ~ July 25th (Fri.), 2003

* Place
Kushiro Tourism and International Relations Center (23rd),
Kushiro City, Hokkaido, Japan

*Pre Registration
Please send the registration form to Ramsar Center Japan by May 17th 2003.

* Registration Fee
Conference (23rd) ; JPY 1,000
Study Tour (24th-25th) ; JPY 15,000 (including B&B and transportation fee)

* Organizer : Organizing Committee on the International Workshop on Wise Use of Lagoon Wetlands
Comprised of ;
Kushiro International Wetland Center
Foundation of Hokkaido River Disaster Prevention Research Center
Hokkaido Development Engineering Center
Ramsar Center Japan (*Secretariat)

* Sponsor (provisional)
Ministry of Environment, Hokkaido Prefecture, Kushiro City, Nemuro City, Abashiri City, Kushiro Town, Akkeshi Town, Hamanaka Town, Bekkai Town, Tokoro Town, Saroma Town, Yubetsu Town, Koshimizu Town (on application)

* Program (provisional)
1) July 23rd (Wed.), 2003 ; 9:00-17:00 ; Conference
- Opening Ceremony
- Presentation, Case Study
- Poster Session (Conservation, restoration, and wise use of lagoon resources)
2) July 24th (Thu.), 2003 ; Study Tour (Akkeshi Lake, Shunkunitai, Bitai Marsh)
3) July 25th (Fri.), 2003 ; Study Tour (Notori Lake, Saroma Lake)

* Participants
1) Participating Wetlands (international provisional) ;
Chilika Lake (India), Tale Noi Lake (Thailand), Chigu Lagoon (Taiwan) and others

2) Participating Wetlands (Japan provisional) ;
Akkeshi-ko Lake, Bekanbe-ushi Wetland, Furen-ko Lake, Shunkunitai, Notsuke Bay, Saroma-ko Lake, Ohotsuku costal zone, Jusan-ko Lake, Ogawara-ko Lake, Hachiro-gata, Matsukawa-ura, Kasumiga-ura, Fukushima-gata, Kamo-ko Lake, Hamana-ko Lake, Kahoku-gata, Mikatago-ko Lake, Naka-umi, Shinji-ko Lake, Ariake Bay, and others

* Presentation
Please send the papers to Ramsar Center Japan by the deadlines as below;
<Oral presentation> - 15 minutes
1) Abstract
- Size A4 within 1 page, double space
- Deadline; May 17th (Sat.)
2) Full paper
- Size A4 within 10 pages
- Deadline; June 30th (Mon.)
<Poster presentation>
1) Abstract
- A4 within 1 page, double space
- Deadline; May 17th (Sat.)

* Contact Address
Secretariat of Organizing Committee on the International Workshop on Wise Use of Lagoon Wetlands
Reiko Nakamura (Ms.)
Secretary-general,
Ramsar Center Japan
2-10-3 Minamikugahara, Ota-ku, Tokyo 146-0084, Japan
Tel: +81-3-3758-7926 / Fax: +81-3-3758-7927 / Email: ramsarcj.nakamura@nifty.ne.jp

The 10th Anniversary of the Ramsar COP5, Kushiro Conference
International Workshop on Wise Use of Lagoon Wetlands

Registration Form

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? I will participate in the conference on July 23rd.
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? I will participate in the study tour on 24-25th July.


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Please send this form to Ramsar Center Japan.
FAX: +81-3-3758-7927
If you would like to send this form by e-mail, please copy this form and send it to;
Reiko Nakamura
Ramsar Center Japan
ramsarcj.nakamura@nifty.ne.jp

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