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