Miyagi Prefecture Lake Izunuma-Uchinuma Sanctuary Centre






East Asian - Australasian flyway


WLI Asia


The Miyagi Prefectural Izunuma-Uchinuma Environmental Foundation

Funding support: Miyagi Prefecure, The Ministry of Environment

Number of staff: 9

Number of visitors per year: 30,000

Overall aims of the centre

Conservation activities such as biodiversity restoration, water purification, prevention of siltation, as well as research and promotion of awareness in regards to nature conservation.

Description of the centre

Lake Izunuma-Uchinuma is located in northern Miyagi Prefecture, covering an area of 491 ha across Tome City in the east and Kurihara City in the west. Known as a stopover for migratory birds, Lake Izunuma-Uchinuma is also renowned internationally for its high biodiversity. Whooper swans and geese are representative of the migratory birds that visit Lake Izunuma-Uchinuma, with approximately 90% of greater white-fronted geese that fly to Japan stopping over at the lake.

Work Areas

Main CEPA work areas

Visitors can experience nature activities as well as various seasonal events such as aquatic life field observation, watching the morning flight of the geese, and winter bird-watching.

Top three successes

Control program of largemouth bass, recovery of wild rice community, and cutting down reeds.

Top three challenges

Reintroduction of endangered and endemic fishes such as bitterling Acheilognathus typus. Recovery of native submerged plants community. Control and wise use of lotus community.


Interpretation techniques

Creating signage; site information; Producing written materials; Using audio-visual tools; Developing nature trails

Visitor centres

Managing / creating habitat; Running a visitor centre; Building / maintaining structures


Engaging young people; Engaging the local community; Working with volunteers

Education and communication

Early years education; Delivering adult education; Working with primary schools; Working with secondary schools; Developing resources / materials


Auditing / assessing effectiveness; PR and marketing; Running effective administration; Health and safety; Fund-raising; Project planning.


Tetsuo SHIMADA, The Miyagi Prefectural Izunuma-Uchinuma Environmental Foundation
17-2 Shikimi, Wakayanagi, Kurihara-shi, Miyagi 989-5504, Japan

Tel: 0228-33-2216

Fax: 0228-33-2217,


Website address: http://izunuma.org/