Our Policy: Coexistence Between Humans and Wildlife
As we have a rich natural environment around the town of Karuizawa, we also have
wild animals and plants inhabiting the area as well. This leads to
conflicts between humans and wildlife. NPO picchio conducts research
and management to solve these problems and to conserve our ecosystem.
| Siebold's Primrose
What is happening at the foot of Mt. Asama?
A planted larch forest
, located at the foot of the volcanic mountain,
Asama, is surrounded by forests and other natural habitats.
Its cool temperature in the summer and the beautiful natural environment
attract eight million visitors every year. This is the cause of
various problems between humans and the surrounding wildlife.
The vast majority of grassland has been lost due to development,
and the flora and fauna that used to inhabit this area have been
dramatically reduced in numbers. Siebold’s Primrose (Primula
), a flowering plant that plays a significant role in sustaining the ecosystem,
and several other species are now endangered. Deciduous forests have been
lost because of clear-cutting, and the huge larch forests that were planted
to replace them are now abandoned due to the decline in forestry.
These circumstances has resulted in the deterioration and disappearance
of habitats for many forms of wildlife.
In recent years garbage and other unnatural foodstuffs have become increasingly
easier to get at through the town. This attracts Asian Black Bears (Ursus thibetanus
) to residential districts repeatedly, and is one cause of conflicts occurring
between bears and humans.
Introduced species like raccoons are also having adverse effects
on native species and these too are causing problems with the human
inhabitants of the area as their population increases.
NPO picchio's Mission
Considering this situation in Karuizawa, we feel the need to
conserve the ecosystem and biodiversity at the foot of Mt. Asama.
We need to have a system to sustain and utilize the area’s
natural environment and culture at the same time. NPO picchio is
trying to understand what is happening in the ecosystem through
scientific research. These results are reflected in our wildlife
management program, and are also used to suggest improved plans
for future conservation to the government and related institutions.
We use these activities, research and management to assist in developing
eco-tours and environmental education programs.
Activities – To Understand and Conserve Karuizawa's Ecosystem
- Wildlife Management
- Conservation and management of Asian Black Bears
- The removal of raccoons and introduced species from the
- Research Around the Foot of Mt. Asama
- Meadow ecosystems
- Forest ecosystems