New publication: Wetlands and culture in Japan
A new publication from Wetlands International, Japan, brings together some key findings on wetlands and culture. Through an extensive survey of cultural activities in Japanese wetlands, case studies are organised under three headings, ‘Cultures of Conservation and Restoration’, ‘Cultures of Wise Use’ and ‘Cultures of Communication, Education, Participation (CEPA)’. This 72-page, full-colour publication provides a brief introduction to their definition of wetland culture and explains the rationale of the three groups, and then presents 33 selected cases studies. Each case study is a two-page spread of useful information and photos representing the amazing diversity of wetland culture in Japan.
33 Examples of the Cultures and Technologies of Wetlands in Japan: Relationships with Local People and Communities has been edited by Tasuichi Tsujii (President of Wetlands International Japan and a Ramsar Award winner for this triennium) and Koichi Sasagawa (Professor, Hosei University). It is available in electronic format for download here in English. Please note also that this location is in a special section of the Ramsar web site dedicated to wetlands and culture.