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Youth Ramsar Japan visit to Slimbridge, UK

Tuesday, July 09, 2019 at 9:29 AM

The current and previous head of Youth Ramsar Japan, Takuma Satoh and Atushi Tanabe respectively, have visited the Slimbridge Wetland Centre in the UK. Maximising their time in Europe at the Ramsar Standing Committee meeting, they then went to the UK to meet WWN Deputy Chair Chris Rostron and colleagues.

Outside Peter Scott's house

Visiting Sir Peter Scott's house at Slimbrige. 

Takuma Satoh writes:

This was the first time I visited an overseas wetland visitor center. First of all, I was surprised at the scale of the Slimbridge Wetland Centre. I felt it was rooted in the locality: WWT centres in the UK have more than 1 million visitors per year and most of them visit from within 20 miles.

It is interesting that the zones of wetland conservation and animal contact are clearly separated, yet each place has different generations and interests for visitors.

By feeding the birds in the collection area, the children learn the original experiences of touching wild animals, while bird-loving adults can secretly observe wild birds. I expressed that it was somewhat like a Japanese zoo, but not exactly. The zoo has a strict permiter, and brings out the wild animals that are not there from the outside, but Slimbridge is the place in the wetland and there is an environment where the wild animals live better. The zoo ends only with contact, and we do not look after environmental conservation and relations with the local community. I felt that there was a fresh place.

I also felt it has a great deal of educational approaches. These had the flexibility to change the contents of the workshop according to the age and the needs of the visiting children. I felt that the connection was created so that not only the children in the area but also the visiting adults could learn.


WWN and youth at Ramsar Standing Committee 57

Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 4:46 PM

Following their closing statement to Ramsar’s 13th Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP13) in October 2018, the Youth Engaged in Wetlandsare continuing to engage with the Ramsar convention. Joining in the 57th meeting of the Ramsar Standing Committee thanks to the generous support of Youth Ramsar Japan, they have been getting good support from national delegates.

Youth representatives with Ramsar Secretary General Martha Rojas Urrego

Elise Allély, Takuma Satoh, and Atsushi Tanabe have been warmly welcomed to the meeting, at Ramsar headquarters in Gland, Switzerland. One of the highlights from meeting this meeting is that Ramsar’s COP14 will be hosted in Wuhan, China, in 2021. Some countries have indicated interest in proposing a focus on youth at the next COP.

Elise Allély, the WWN Youth Facilitator, reports back as the meeting comes to a close: 

“From the discussions throughout the week and interventions in plenary, we are pleased to see the enthusiasm and support among delegates around engaging youth in particular in the context of the 50th anniversary of the Convention. Some initial keywords mentioned for the COP14 were Youth, Water, Future and Responsibility! A promising direction for the big birthday of Ramsar!
The Youth Engaged in Wetlands team remains as committed as ever, inspired and full of new ideas! We are keen to keep the contacts we made in the meeting and to lend our voices and ideas as we go towards an exceptional 50th anniversary for wetlands and post COP14”.

There are more details about the topics discussed at the Standing Committee on the Ramsar website. You can also read about how Youth Engaged in Wetlands influenced the previous COP.  

See Secretary General Urrego's tweet about meeting the YEW team!

Youth representatives and the Japanese delegation to Ramsar Standing Commitee 57

Logo of Ramsar Youth Japan