View of Japan’s largest glacial natural park

Now the largest inland glacial park in Japan, Namie recently expanded by 39 square kilometers to create a new natural park and wildlife conservancy in the hills and valleys in the center of the…

View of Japan’s largest glacial natural park

Now the largest inland glacial park in Japan, Namie recently expanded by 39 square kilometers to create a new natural park and wildlife conservancy in the hills and valleys in the center of the city. These new areas cover about 11,850 acres of land, and the NNEC is working with Aichi Prefecture to enhance the park’s ecological condition.

Because of its large size, the NNEC is already active in numerous protected areas and the new land includes high, rough forests and croplands — wild grasslands are being protected in large areas to ensure that their biodiversity is protected. The park plans to use the new protected land to provide a corridor for migratory birds to come into Japan.

Despite the 2014 Fukushima nuclear disaster, a catastrophe that remains fresh in the minds of many people around the world, forests and animals have grown enormously since. Today it’s relatively easy to find birds, deer, mice, and many other animals in these new areas — it helps that they are closer to the city — but a bit farther out and the view is more fragmented. For those eager to learn more about these resiliencyary changes, a new bilingual publication by the NNEC is out this summer.

Namie Animals In the Nature Main.pdf [PDF]

Japan Geographic Dictionary.pdf [PDF]

Québécois Brasil [WebLink]

Sources: Japan national parks NHK Channel and Tokyo Broadcasting System, Japanese Ministry of Environment.

[© The Washington Post , c/o Saemin Kimsugi, c/o JTB Corporation]

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