What is "Way to Biodiversity" Project ?
At NACS-J, it is our hope that people will realize and care about the value of local nature as well as the resulting value of nature’s gifts (ecosystem services).
We also hope that more people will watch (monitor) local nature so that if the biodiversity of the local area begins to change for the worse it would be promptly noticed and preventive conservation measures would be taken.
Convention on Biological Diversity acutely recognize the importance of monitoring as a basis for the form and implementation of long term conservation strategies.
The "Biodiversity Observation Network" which links the monitoring systems of different countries and regions to monitor the biodiversity on a global scale has already begun.
This project will reveal how many places which are important in terms of biodiversity conservation and the local community deeply cares about currently remain, and how many people are actually involved in activities to protect those places.
Through many programs we will ensure ways and means to protect local biodiversity.
6 Participatory Activities
On "Way to Biodiversity" Project, six participatory activities are being planned.
1. Ecosystem Service Monitoring
Places where you can feel biodiversity or places which you wish to be conserved for future in your neighborhood will be registered as "Way to Biodiversity". Then, we will record "Biodiversity (conditions of wildlife and/or environment)", "Ecosystem Services (nature's benefits; relationship between man and nature)" and "Citizen's Conservation Activities" of those places.
2. Biodiversity Conservationist's Guidebook
A guidebook which introduces activities of civil society organizations, they love and manage the registered "Way to Biodiversity" sites for saving those biodiversity. Guidebook includes the nature trails (for walking and nature observation purposes) and examples of natural gifts (food, water, life, landscape and etc.) in the "Way to Biodiversity" sites.
3. Actual Feeling Biodiversity Program
Enjoy understanding biodiversity and learn how to "feel" biodiversity through the observation of nature and also how to communicate what you've learned at an assembly or meeting.
There are two separate programs for "NACS-J members and Nature Conservation Educators" and for "NACS-J supporting members".
4. Citizen-Based Surveys Festa
Citizens who have been continuously conducting surveys on the natural environment across the country will meet together to share their results and experiences. Wide ranging networks of knowledge and people will be established through verbal presentations, exhibit booths and session meetings to facilitate citizen-based surveys.
5. Matching with CSR Activities
"A little more support would enable our activities to expand." We will look into such requests by citizen groups and call for support from willing companies to provide a matching service.
6. Field Trip
These study tours will take you to a Biodiversity Hotspot or an actual site of nature conservation which NACS-J has been addressing. You will learn about the biodiversity conservation issues and how they have been resolved.
What is "Convention on Biological Diversity"?
The Convention on Biological Diversity is an international treaty which was adopted at the "Earth Summit" held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1992. Another international treaty agreed at the Summit was the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Signatory nations currently total 191 (the United States has not signed).
The Conference of the Parties (COP) has held meetings since 1994. The Tenth Conference of the Parties (COP10) will take place in Nagoya, Japan from the 18th to 29th of October 2010.
The three main objectives of this Convention are the conservation of biological diversity which brings us nature's gifts essential for our life and economy (ecosystem services), the sustainable use of its components and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources.
The convention is therefore called "Convention of Life on Earth" and is closely tied to our own lives. Japanese policies and laws on conservation of biodiversity including "The National Biodiversity Strategy of Japan" and "Invasive Alien Species Act" were developed based on the convention.
To date, various global standards and guidelines have been developed toward the "2010 Biodiversity Target" (To achieve by 2010 a significant reduction of the current rate of biodiversity loss). The whole world has great expectations for the Japan-hosted COP10 as a new post-2010 target on a global scale is to be adopted at the meeting.