We offer a variety of activities for you to get to know more about Sapporo and its wildlife problems as well as giving you the chance to enjoy the beauties of urban Sapporo.
- Activities Sponsored by Sapporo Parks and Greenery Association
- Activities Sponsored by NPO Urahoro Brown Bear Study Group
- Activities in the Congress Hall
Activities Sponsored by Sapporo Parks and Greenery Association
Sapporo Parks and Greenery Association is a public interest incorporated foundation, whose mission is to promote and protect 30 urban parks and nature reserves throughout Sapporo City. The association cooperates with Rakuno Gakuen University to conduct researches and biodiversity conservation activities.
Currently, the following five activities are planned for the IWMC2015 participants to appreciate the season or a park setting unique to Sapporo.
It is a Japanese tradition to go firefly-watching in summer, and this activity will let you experience that in a residential park rich in nature. We will introduce the environmental education conducted to citizens by the park. Please enjoy the amazing natural fireworks and the ‘wabi-sabi’ atmosphere and think about urban park management.
Transportation service is available. (IWMC venue → Nishioka Park →Hotel area)
* photos provided by Masahiro Hasegawa, Office malma
Recently, invasive species has become a problem in urban parks. Sapporo Parks and Greenery Association have been cooperating with students from Rakuno Gakuen University since 2008 to eradicate the invasive frog population. In this activity, all participants will experience capturing invasive frogs in an urban park. Catch as many frogs as you can, and let’s think together about invasive species problems in Japan.
Transportation service is available. (IWMC venue → Hiraoka Park → Hotel area)
Enjoy wild bird and animal watching in a park in central Sapporo. Many wild birds and squirrels will welcome you and you will see many citizens enjoying walking, running and animal observation early in the morning. However, feeding wild animals has become a controversy among the citizens in this forest. We will explain the current situation based on our research, and we will welcome your suggestions and comments.
Transportation service is NOT available. Please use the subway.
From Higashi-Sapporo station (at the Congress venue) ride the Tozai-sen line heading towards Miyanosawa station and get off at the Maruyamakoen station, it’s nearest to exit 1.
Sapporo Salmon Museum is a learning facility managed by the Sapporo Parks and Greenery Association as a salmon hatchery and for release of salmon into rivers and for education since 1984. Also, the museum displays freshwater fish for environmental education.
At the IWMC, we will display fishes that inhabit the rivers of Sapporo city.
Activities Sponsored by NPO Urahoro Brown Bear Study Group
Experience tour of a riparian forest, as both of a habitat for biodiversity conservation and a corridor of wildlife between forests and city in Sapporo urban area.
The Toyohira-river, which flows through urban Sapporo, serves as a place of recreation and relaxation for the citizens of Sapporo. The riparian forest running along the river function to preserve the bio-diversity of the surrounding areas but also as a wildlife corridor connecting urban Sapporo greenery with the forests and mountains to the south and west. In 2013, a Brown bear that intruded into the urban areas of Sapporo was found to have used this corridor as it's entry point. Experience the site for yourself and take part in a program that started in 2014 where citizens participate in Brown bear intrusion-prevention through clearing out and cutting down thickets and tall grass. We'll give you an introduction of our work and look forward to discussing urban wildlife problems.
This program is conducted by the NGO Urahoro Brown Bear Study Group in cooperation with Sapporo City, with funding from the Hokkaido Shinbun Wildlife Fund.
Transportation available from Odori Station, further information will be emailed to the participants.
Japanese Culture Experience Activities
Accompanying Persons who wish to participate have priority.
Shodo (Japanese calligraphy)
Learn the techniques of shodo, an art form of calligraphy, which is about the balance of the characters, graduations of ink, and subtle differences in brush strokes.
28th am 10:00 and 11:00 at the Room 104.
Learn about the magic behind the Japanese art of paper folding.
Come by and fold your favorite animal.
29th am 10:00 and 11:00 at the Room 104.