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September, 2010

greengreengreengreengreen Students attending the English Session send their Weekly News Letters during the summer break. Here we present one News Letter sent from a Chinese student in the Doctorate Course of IDEC, Hiroshima University. Ms. Sherry Shi reports on her experiences attending a Symposium held in Hiroshima City in September. It was organized by the Ministry of the Environment to countermeasure the third crisis of biodiversity “alien species threats” entitled “Let’s protect our biodiversity! Let us stop the third crisis!”

“Let’s protect our biodiversity! Let us stop the third crisis!”
Symposium on Alien Species Threats

Three Crises to Biological Diversity in Japan 
The 1st crisis: Wild life is threatened with extinction due to the indiscriminate or excess hunting.
The 2nd crisis: Abandonment of traditional practices in Satoyama and farming lands. Village farms are left unkept.
The 3rd crisis: Invasions of exotic species, newly introduced species, and chemicals that didn’t exist before in nature.

Introduction: Chugoku Shikoku Region has a diversified natural environment which has enhance lives of locals. However, it has been disrupted by the expansion of invasive alien species, and the damage caused to the ecosystem and the agriculture, forestry and fisheries industry, has reached to the threatened level. Such a problem is called "The Third Biodiversity Crisis" officially as defined by the Ministry of the Environment. This symposium was organized to provide an opportunity for general public to think about what kind of steps we can take to combat such problems. It was held in Takamatsu and then in Hiroshima.

Hiroshima Venue

Date

September 11, 2010 (Saturday)

Reception Opening

12:30

Opening

13:00~16:30

Venue

Hiroshima Minami-Ward Citizens Culture Center 2nd floor, Studio

Admission Fee

Free

Program

[1]Keynote Speech

[2]Lecture

[3]Case Studies

[4]Panel Discussion

[5]Qs and As

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[1]Keynote Speech
: Biodiversity and Alien Animals
Speaker:Nobukazu NAKAGOSHI, Professor of IDEC, Hiroshima University
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[2]Lecture: Alien Species and its Law
Lecturer:Tomonori UGAJIN, Office for alien species management, Wildlife Division, Natural Environment Bureau, Ministry of the Environment
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[3]Case Studies

①Countermeasures against Argentine ants Linepithema humile
Speaker:Hideaki FUJIMURA Argentine ants measures task force, Environmental Conservation Division, Iwakuni City
②What is Araiguma Bear Procyon lotor, one of the Specified Alien Species like?
Speaker:Go ABE, Institute of Natural and Environmental Sciences (INES)、University of Hyogo
③Araiguma bear damages prevention measures
Speaker: Yuichiro TAKAO Nature Conservation Division, Environment and Forestry Department, Kagawa Prefecture
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[4]Panel Discussion

Coordinator:Prof. Dr. N. NAKAGOSHI
Panelists:Hisae TOKUMARU, Head, Chugoku-Shikoku Regional Environmental Administration Office, and three reporters of the case studies.

Opening Comments

Mr. Kuboda, from the Chugoku-Shikoku District Environmental Office

The Chugoku-Shikoku District is blessed with an excellent environment which has high diversity of fauna and flora.
But the invasion of alien species is increasing.
There are tangible signs that forestry and fisheries are damaged due to this invasion.

Keynote Speech
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Prof. Dr. Nakagoshi of Hiroshima University talking on “Biodiversity and Alien Animals”

Lecture
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Mr. Ugajinn, from the Ministry of the Environment

Case Studies
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①Mr. Fujimura from Iwakuni City ②Dr. Abe of Hyogo University ③Mr. Takao from Kagawa Prefecture

Panel Discussion
on Prevention of the Third Biodiversity Crisis.

All the attendants benefitted from the discussion on the third biodiversity crisis caused by alien species.

One of the questions was made by an officer from the Japan Pest Control Asociation,
and he asked  a lot of questions such as how to deal with captured raccoons,
whether or not we should exterminate the creature, or about the budget for capturing raccoons, etc.

greengreengreengreengreen The reporter gave an impromptu interview to one participant from among the audience. This participant, Mrs Yasumatsu, told the reporter that she came from the Forest Department of Saeki Ward Office of Hiroshima City to learn about the situation of the crop damage and to know a method of solving it.

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