Mid-Conference Excursion

In URBIO2010, the following 12 mid-conference excursions (plan) will be held on May 20, 2010 under the main theme of “Urban Biodiversity in the Ecological Network”

Course A. Higashiyama Forest Hiking

25 Participants (Min. 20)

Higashiyama Forest with eastern hilly area in Nagoya urban area is attracting attention as “a forest having full of nature and amenity for human being”. Nagoya formulated “Nagoya Higashiyama Forest Conservation Master Plan” such as Heiwa Park and Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens in 2003. With appeal of Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens, work with civic participation forest conservation to regenerate Satoyama, and developing parks where we can use as the place for life in the farm village experience or environmental learning is developing. In this course, see Higashiyama Forest with the guidance about the characteristic, the subjects and conservation activities of Higashiyama Forest by “Nagoya Higashiyama Forest Conservation Group”

Course B. Todagawa Green Park and Atsuta Shrine

Canceled
25 Participants (Min. 20)

In Atsuta Shrine with about 2000 years of history is located in the heart of Nagoya, you can see Camphor trees over 1000 years and climax (laurel forest) in the shrine forest sixty-thousand-tsubo (one-tsubo is 3.3 square meters). In this course, see the shrine forest in Atsuta Shrine first. Then, visit Todagawa Green Park. “Todagawa Midori no Yume Club” will introduce about “Nagoya Western Forest Greening” (Satoyama regeneration project) by the Partnership project of citizens, companies and the government. Finally, visit “Fujimae tidal flat” which was registered under the Ramsar Treaty spreads out around the mouth of The Shonai River. You will touch the richness of the biodiversity. For this course, clothes and shoes that can be accessed to the tidal flat are required.

Course C. Atsuta Shrine and The Horikawa river Cruise

25 Participants (Min. 20)

In Atsuta Shrine with about 2000 years of history is located in the heart of Nagoya, you can see Camphor trees over 1000 years and climax (laurel forest) in the shrine forest sixty-thousand-tsubo (one-tsubo is 3.3 square meters).

In this course, see the shrine forest in Atsuta Shire first. Then, get on the houseboat at the old Tokaido “Miyano Watashi Ferry” and cruise up The Horikawa, which is a canal links Nagoya Port and Nagoya Castle to the heart of Nagoya, to Naya bridge under the guidance of the town histories and activities of “Horikawa River Thousand-Citizen Survey Network”.

Course D. The Shonai River and Fujimae tidal flat

20 Participants (Min. 16)

The Shonai River comes from Mt.Yudachi, runs through basins in Mizunami, Toki and Tajimi. Then, it runs down from Noubi Plain to western Nagoya, into the Ise Bay in Minato-ku, Nagoya. The Shonai River is an urban river in streaming in Nagoya , however, it also has biotope in the river bed and “Fujimae tidal flat”, which was registered under the Ramsar treaty, which had been conducted biodiversity conservation activities by citizens spreads out at the mouth of the river.

In this course, see The Shonai River and Fujimae tidal flat under the guidance of a researcher (Associate Prof. Taniguchi at Meijo University), who had been studying the ecology of freshwater fish. For this course, clothes and shoes that can be accessed to the tidal flat are required.

Course E. Mt. Togoku Hiking (Squirrel conservation activity)

25 Participants (Min. 20)

Mt. Togoku located on the border of northeastern Nagoya and Seto in urban neighborhood. There is a forest of great biodiversity which has mammals like squirrels, flying squirrels and Japanese serows. Also, used as the place for contact with nature in the city.

In this course, Moriyama Wild Japanese Squirrel Concervation Society which promoting the biological research and conservation activities over past 20 years in Mt. Togoku will introduce. Let’s discuss forest use policy and the risk as the opportunities of the vegetation of Japanese suburban forest, research of mammals including squirrels, conservation activities and environmental education. For this course, clothes and shoes for hiking are required.

Course F. Rice planting experience

25 Participants (Min. 20)

Japanese staple food is rice. In Japan, rice growing in paddy field is popular. They have provided flood plain animals with their habitats. It is just the season of rice planting in May. In this course, we are planning rice planting experience after a tour of current condition in urban neighborhood agriculture in Noda farm in Nagoya. Let’s experience rice planting covered with mad in paddy fields by the barefoot.

In addition, we will visit Togokusan Fruits Park which placed in richly green natural environment at the foot of Mt. Togoku in northeastern Nagoya after rice planting. You can taste world fruits at the tropical fruits greenhouse and a variety of fruits gardens.

Course G. Aioiyama Green Park and Biodiversity Greening

25 Participants (Min. 20)

Aioiyama is one of a green park in the hilly part of eastern Nagoya. In there, it improved as a resting place using the remaining forest and “Oasis Forest” which is a trial to raise forest for citizens and the government is promoting. In the meantime, the construction of a road across Aioiyama is under construction now. For the road construction, citizens and the government have considered at the working repeatedly, and attempts animal friendly road construction and tree-planting. In this course, see biodiversity friendly civic green activity at Kifune-gakku in Meito-ku, Nagoya first, then, see “Oasis Forest” and Satoyama in Aioiyama. Finally, a member of the working will introduce about the process of the consideration, the results and problems of the road construction across Aioiyama. For this course, clothes and shoes for walking in the grass are required.

Course H. Aqua Restoration Research Center

Canceled
50 participants (Min. 40)

Aqua Restoration Research Center, Public Works Research Institute, MILT is a river research facility which is located near the Kiso River. In this course, a member of Aqua Restoration Research Center will introduce about the research of an animal friendly river process by using a large-scale test river. While the tour, see a unique agricultural landscape “Shimabata” which is islands in the rice paddy area under a researcher (Mizoguchi, a professor at Nagoya University) as well. For this course, clothes and shoes for walking in the grass are required.

Course I. The Kiso Three Rivers

Canceled
20 participants (Min. 16)

Noubi Plain is located in Nagoya is a plaine made by three large rivers, including the Kiso River, the Nagara River and the Ibi River. These rivers are used to meet at the downstream and they often flooded. However, people has been living with rivers, building banks called “River-surrounded land” around their settlements and fields and preparing shelter houses in flood disasters called Water house. In the Meiji era, separation levees and Phkerepp groin works were built with the modern river improvement works method by a Dutch engineer. In this course, see the traditional river method in harmony with nature and environment and people’s lifestyle in the River-surrounded land first. Then, see separation levees under the guidance of the Chubu Regional Bureau, MLIT and visit the Kaizu Museum of History and Folklore.

Course J. Satoyama and Rivers in Toyota

50 Participants (Min. 40)

Toyota located in eastern Nagoya still has Satoyama. In this course, visit Toyota no mori which is Toyota Motor Corporation has it as a social contribution and see Japanese Satoyama first. Then, visit Fusso Park at The Yahagi River in Toyota and a researcher of Toyota Yahagi River Institute will introduce about Neo-Natural River Reconstruction Method and the planning process. Finally, visit a new Nature Center in Toyota Nature Sanctuary and see the exhibitions of nature overview based on Satoyama in Tokai region. For this course, clothes and shoes for hiking are required.

Course K. Expo 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park

40 Participants (Min. 35)

Expo 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park is a land after Expo 2005. In part of Shinrin Rakuen, it is used for a place contact with nature and environmental learning opportunities in the cities such as “Reforestation project” for understanding and becoming familiar with the importance of preservation, including natural ecosystem and natural diversity in Satoyama, through the observational programs and the making of forest.

In this course, see the trails through Japanese gardens and Satoyama built when Expo 2005 held, and a building looks like “Satsuki and Mei’s House” in the animated movie “My Neighbor Totoro”.

Course L. Kaisho Forest

50 Participants (Min. 40)

Kaisho Forest in southeast Seto is Satoyama which has been influenced by impact of human activity such as clay mining for ceramics began over 1000 years ago and cutting of trees for fuel. It was supposed to be the proposed Expo 2005 site, however it found that precious nature remained there at the stage of environmental impact assessment. Therefore, the development area was drastically reduced and most of them were protected. Aichi Kaisho-Forest Learning Center was built in there in 2006 and it had been an exchange base for Satoyama conservation activities like NPO in Aichi.

In this course, members of Aichi Kaisho-Forest Learning Center and NPO Kaisho-Forest no kai will introduce about unique vegetation which was created on the oligotrophic land, a connection between plants called Tokai hilly land element which shows a unique distribution in Tokai area and oligotrophic wetland, and the estimation of environmental conservation activities over past 10 years. For this course, clothes and shoes for hiking are required.