Name of organisation
Narashino City Yatsuhigata Nature Observation Center
5-1-1 Akitsu, Narashino City, Chiba.
Number of staff
6+10 (restaurant, reception staff)
Number of visitors per year
Overall aims of the centre
Community collaboration event
Wetland exchange (with Brisbane, Australia)
Survey (bird, bentos, fish)
Description of the centre
Location: Narashino City, Chiba, Japan.
Size of site: 40 ha.
Tidal flat / shorebird habitats.
Yatsuhigata Junior Ranger Program (human resource development program for youth).
Main CEPA work area
- community collaboration event (Ramsar designation commemorative event involving stakeholders including corporates and citizen groups)
- Coordinate volunteer activities (about 20 volunteer groups providing various activities)
- Education programs for school kids
- Junior ranger program for age 10-16
- Yatsuhigata Youth (human resource development program for high school and university students)
- Wetland exchange with Brisbane, Australia.
Top three successes
- Yatsuhigata Junior Ranger program: 750 students participated from 2011 'til now. The program has several steps to complete.
- Community collaboration event 'Yatsuhigata Day': Annual event to celebrate Ramsar designation and seek for the wise use of Yatsuhigata, in cooperation with local community, corporates, and citizen volunteers which welcomes 10,000 participants.
Top three challenges
Creating signage; site information; Producing written materials; Using audio-visual tools
Managing / creating habitat; Running a visitor centre
Working with disabled people; Engaging hard-to-reach groups; Engaging young people; Engaging the local community; Working with volunteers
Education and communication
Early years education; Delivering adult education; Working with primary schools; Lobbying / running campaigns; Working with secondary schools; Developing resources / materials
PR and marketing; Health and safety; Project planning.
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