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MAFF UPDATE No.755(Published on October 23rd, 2013)

  New “Shirakami-sanchi World Heritage Area Management Plan”

On 15th October 2013, the Forestry Agency of the MAFF, the Ministry of the Environment, the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Aomori Prefectural Government, and Akita Prefectural Government formulated a new “Shirakami-sanchi World Heritage Area Management Plan,” in effort to promote adaptive management of the property with the latest knowledge.

1. Background

To ensure the Outstanding Universal Value of properties for centuries to come, each World Heritage should have an appropriate management plan.

For the Shirakami-sanchi World Heritage Area, inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1993, the Forestry Agency, the Ministry of the Environment, and the Agency for Cultural Affairs formulated the management plan in November 1995, and have been conducting management of the property in accordance with the plan.

Recently, a new management plan has been discussed to promote adaptive management suited to the current situation, as well as to work more closely with the local governments. To prepare the management plan, we have been advised by the Shirakami-sanchi World Heritage Property Scientific Committee, composed of experts, while welcoming opinions from Japanese general public.

All these efforts have now paid off. On 15th October, the Forestry Agency, the Ministry of the Environment, the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Aomori Prefectural Government, and Akita Prefectural Government formulated a new “Shirakami-sanchi World Heritage Area Management Plan”.

2. Major points of the new “Shirakami-sanchi World Heritage Area Management Plan”

The major points of the new “Shirakami-sanchi World Heritage Area Management Plan” are as follows:

(1) Two entities engaged in control of this property, namely the prefectural governments of Aomori and Akita, joined in the new management plan as formulators.

(2) The new management principles below have been defined:

    ・ To take rigorous protective measures by the relevant legislative, regulatory and institutional protection, based on the principle “leave it to nature without human intervention“, and in addition, to conduct some active control measures, such as control of alien species, if they are necessary.

    ・ To cooperate with relevant municipalities, universities and research organizations, as well as other experts in monitoring of the property.

    ・ To make efforts for early detection of negative impacts on the property, such as climate change, invasion of alien species or pest, by the collecting information from relevant parties and monitoring, etc.

    ・ To promote adaptive management with advice from the Shirakami-sanchi World Heritage Property Scientific Committee, based on scientific knowledge, monitoring results, etc. This is because ecological system of the property consists of a great diversity of biological species, and is highly complex and hard to predict.

    ・ To promote eco-tourism that is in harmony with the natural environment, learning from the wisdom and techniques of the local communities, as part of the efforts to ensure the Outstanding Universal Value for the future.

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