· The website
· Newsletters issued quarterly
◆Symposiums, seminars, and
Regularly held forums
· Friday Seminars: A 12 series dugong forum, provided discussions on various issues with the invitees from various fields in nature conservation.
· Dugong Café: A yearly setting for anyone to participate and talk over anything about
· “Okinawa’s Nature in Danger Now”: A Symposium held biyearly in cooperation with other nature conservation
groups by which we share and discuss the issues about Okinawa’s nature
and work together towards resolutions.
· The first international symposium on dugongs was held in Okinawa (April,
· Dr. Ellen Hines (San Francisco State University), the world’s expert on dugongs in Asia, was invited for symposiums in Tokyo and Okinawa (January 2005).
· Oral presentation on current state of the dugongs in Okinawa at a seminar
held by the Center for Biological Diversity in California, USA (February
· Open seminars in Okinawa with Dr.Hines and Dr. Lemnuel Aragones (University
of Philippines), the experts on dugongs and seagrasses. Lectures were given
on biology and ecology of dugongs and on field survey methods (November
· Workshops held in Okinawa to
discuss and determine the future direction of dugong conservation as well as
the survey plans with Dr. Toshio Kasuya , the lead dugong scientist in Japan,
Dr. Hines and Dr. Aragones (June, 2007).
· Eco-Products and Earth Day: A yearly participation in these exhibitions to raise public awareness about the dugongs in Okinawa and the issues they face.
· Junior United Nations Environment Conference (2003, 2004): Held workshops and discussed about the species extinction and the significance
of the regional ecosystems with the children.
· Patagonia’s Speaker Series (2006, 2008): Oral presentations.
· Ribbon Messages Action (2006): In cooperation with BEE (Bicycle for Everyone’s Earth), the environmental education activists,
messages with regard to the dugongs and nature in Okinawa were collected
on the ribbons from various parts of the country. The total length of the
ribbons reached approximately 750m!
· The Fifth IUCN World Parks Congress in Durban, South Africa (September,
2003): Appealed for the need of nature conservation in Okinawa.
· The Ninth International Mammalogical Congress in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
(July, 2005): Poster presentations on the historical and cultural study of the dugongs
· The 16th Biennial Conference on
the Biology of Marine Mammals in San Diego, California, USA（December, 2005): Appeal for international understandings and supports with regard to the potentially significant impacts of the proposed Futemma Replacement Facilities (FRF) on the Okinawan dugongs and their habitats.
· Cultural and historical surveys: Hearing research in the region from Yaeyama Islands to Okinawa’s main
island and literature research were initiated in October 2004 to explore
the historical and cultural significance of the dugongs in Okinawa. The
findings are documented in a booklet.
· Feeding trail surveys: The survey was initiated in November 2006 and is ongoing in cooperation
with the locals in Okinawa. The feeding trails and the adjacent seagrasses
are regularly monitored with aim to predict the dugongs’ population status
and to understand their habitat environment. The survey methods were determined
upon consultation with Dr. Ellen Hines (San Francisco State University)
and Dr. Lemnuel Aragones(University of Philippines), who visited the field
and participated in the preliminary survey.
◆ Awarded grants
· Patagonia Environmental Grants Program (2006,2007,2008)
· Conservation Alliance Japan Grant (2006, 2007)
· The Takagi Fund for Citizen Science (2007,2008)
· Pro Natura Fund (2004)
◆Appeals and protests
· Participation in the protest at Henoko, the proposed FRF site, since April
2004, by which a request for urgent protection of the dugongs in Okinawa
has been made.
· Have been and will continue to
make policy recommendations and submit opinions and protest letters to the
Government of Japan, as appropriate.