Responding to the record magnitude of coral bleaching which took place in Okinawa and Kagoshima in 2016, the Ministry of Environment held an experts’ panel in Onna Village (* the venue was at OIST.) on April 23, and consolidated an urgent declaration for establishing new oceanic conservation areas and framework for eco-tourism, etc.
Through monitoring the current situations and making predictions of future coral bleaching, the Ministry of Environment is going to discuss areas which urgently need measures for conservation.
The declaration states that the world wide coral bleaching has been taking place due to the impacts of rising water temperature and acidification. The Panel warned the possibility of coral disappearance from the Sea of Japan in the future, and pleaded for the promotion of countermeasures against global warming in accordance with the Paris Agreement.
In addition, the Panel called for preferential management on specified areas by predicting future damages on these areas’ rich eco-system. Framework building such as asking tourists to burden a part of coral conservation cost was also suggested in the discussion.
The Panel was reported on several TV news as well. These videos are available at the Media Section. Please request if you are interested in watching them. :