2018•08•06 Ishikawa PrefectureFrom 1 to 2 August, UNU-IAS facilitated an environmental study tour of Ishikawa Prefecture for the Tanabe (Wakayama Prefecture) High School Biology Club as a part of the UNU-IAS Director’s Award for winning the Third National Youth Environmental Activity Presentation Contest held in February 2018. The club has been conducting research activities to protect biodiversity while eliminating invasive alien frog species on the Torinosu Peninsula in Yoshino-Kumano National Park in collaboration with various local actors; and five students participated in this study tour.
On the first day, students visited UNU-IAS Operating Unit Ishikawa/Kanazawa (OUIK) and learned about OUIK activities from Officer Manager Mikiko Nagai and biodiversity and ecosystem services and their inter-relationship with economic and social issues from Research Associate Yoshihiko Iida. They also learned about measures to protect rare species and to eliminate invasive species from Tatsuya Nogami, Chief of the Nature Environment Division of the Ishikawa prefectural government. On the second day, students visited the Yuuhidera prefectural nature park and learned about impact of invasive species and protection of biodiversity. They also participated in the research activities of Ushio Nishikawa from the Center for Nature and Environmental Technology, Kanazawa University, and removed invasive swamp crayfish in the park.