Projects - Japan
Toyota Philippines 2012
“Protecting the Philippine Eagle in the Mts. Irid-Angelo Important Bird Area”
The Philippine Eagle is the world’s largest eagle, the “King of the Birds” in the Philippines, is threatened with extinction. The most serious threat that it faces is the loss of its habitat due to commercial logging, agricultural encroachment, timber extraction mining and slash-and-burn farming, resulting to a fragmented and heavily reduced lowland forest habitats.
The project is carrying out by Haribon Foundation, BirdLife partner in the Philippines, to improve understanding of the status and habitat requirements of Philippine Eagle, to strengthen forest conservation and management and to increase conservation awareness and capacity among the local communities using the Philippines Eagle as a flagship species.
Toyota Vietnam 2011
“Promoting local communities’ stewardship of forest resources for equitable benefit sharing, improved livelihoods and conservation of threatened species in Dakrong Nature Reserve, Quang Tri province, Vietnam”
This project aims to work with local communities to restore the degraded natural forest habitats in and around Dakrong Nature Reserve/IBA to improve the livelihoods of forest dependent people (through income from non-timber forest products- NTFPs- and other forest ecosystem services) and at the same time conserve the rich biodiversity of Dakrong NR, especially the globally endangered Edwards’ Pheasants.
Viet Nature Conservation Centre is an implementation partner to organize and implement activities on the ground in close collaboration and consultation with local communities and local authorities.
“Plant a Tree for Africa”
In Burkina Faso, West Africa, afforestation has been conducted in order to prevent acidification of the Ramsar Sites. This project was begun in 2010 as a charity campaign of ‘Ricoh Women's British Open Golf Tournament’. Ricoh contributes the expense for afforestation depending on players’ score such as eagle and birdie during the tournament. In fiscal2012, the second year of this project, we proceeded with the preparations of 8,306 seedlings to be planted. Local people have participated in full force from nursing seedlings to well construction to provide water.
“Mangrove Forest Recovery Project” at the Kuala Selangor Nature Park in Malaysia
This is a long-term forest ecosystem conservation project supported by Ricoh Co. Ltd. started in 2011 and implemented by Malaysia Nature Society, a local partner of BirdLife.
The Kuala Selangor Nature Park, located 60 km north of Kuala Lumpur, has been designated by BirdLife as an IBA (Important Bird Area), and is home to 150 species of birds and various animals. The local communities use the area primarily for nature/cultural-based tourism, recreation and fisheries. However, it is difficult to preserve this biodiversity because the mangroves are shrinking annually due to trespassing and illegal lumbering. Nevertheless, it is designated as a nature park. While sharing the importance of mangroves along with the local residents, this project aims to rejuvenate the mangrove forests in ten years by starting with activities that focus on promoting and understanding of biodiversity conservation and mangrove afforestation. In order to ensure sustainable conservation practice, accession and registration to the international conventions is under consideration.
“Forest Conservation Project in Atlantic Tropical Forest”
It is a part of an international collaboration led by BirdLife International Asia Division (Tokyo office), funded and supported by Ricoh Co. Ltd, to be implemented on the ground by SAVE Brasil (BirdLife in Brazil).
One of Brazil’s most threatened Important Bird Areas (IBAs), Boa Nova IBA, is located in the southwestern part of the Bahia state, unique and diverse bird community -359 in all, 10 of them globally threatened- a result of the fact that two biomes overlap: lush montane Atlantic Forest on one side, Caatinga (Brazilian semi-arid vegetation) the other. A great part of original forest habitat had been destroyed in the region, largely driven by firewood gathering, illegal deforestation, clearance for plantations, slash-and-burn processes, overgrazing, and undeveloped land utilization plans. Since 2007, the project has been working to develop sustainable land-use practices under a number of forest conservation management plans; covering aspects including forest resources, business plans for local communities, drawing together best-practice guidelines and investing in ecotourism initiatives in the area.
In the efforts for the protection of the region’s biodiversity, in 2010, Brazilian President, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, has signed the creation of the Boa Nova National Park and the Boa Nova Wildlife Refuge, safeguarding this biodiverse Important Bird Area (IBA) and creating 27,000 hectares of new protected area under the government’s responsibility.
Packard (Regional Fisheries Management Organizations)
“Reducing Seabird Bycatch in the Pacific Ocean: working through Regional Fisheries Management Organizations”
Led by the Global Seabird Programme, this 2 ½ years’ project aims to promote adoption and evaluation of seabird bycatch mitigation measures in tuna longline fisheries (RFMOs) in the Pacific.
For Asia, one of the main objectives is to identify influential individuals in fisheries sector in Japan and hold meetings and discussions with them to improve mutual understanding of the key needs in relation to addressing seabird bycatch. Over the project period, BirdLife developed good relationships with contacts in the Japanese Fisheries Agency (JFA) and the National Research Institute of Far Seas Fisheries (NRIFSF). The collaboration between BirdLife and Japan has made a significant contribution and played an important role in securing progress in the Pacific RFMOs.