|The location of the town of Karuizawa
IBA is an international meeting designed to facilitate the exchange
of information between specialists and researchers including bear
biology, ecology, conservation, management and conflict management.
It is held approximately twice every three years.
A member of the NPO picchio staff attended the IBA meeting held in
San Diego, February 2004. At the meeting, Karuizawa was nominated
as the site for the IBA meeting in October 2006. It will be the first
time an IBA meeting will be held in Asia.
Reasons why Karuizawa was chosen:
|The meeting in San Diego
Town of Karuizawa has a policy to coexist with wildlife and even
has budgets for it.
NPO picchio has a bear specialist team to solve human-bear conflicts
using non-lethal methods.
Karuizawa is easily accessed from the Tokyo area.