• In order to achieve the goals of the “Plan for the Preservation and Practical Use of Miyajima Marsh”, we propose eleven strategies and measures across the four fields of “Nature”, “Agriculture”, “Tourism” and “People and Education”.

1 Develop basic research methods and system
  • Obtain recognition as a national nature reserve and as a Ramsar site.
  • Conduct basic surveys on the environment of Miyajima-numa continually.
  • Request specialists to analyze data for advice on necessary measures.

2 Train people who will handle the conservation of nature
  • Create a research environment for researchers from Bibai and beyond.
  • Establish a system of support for research.

3 Take measures against vermin damage
  • Put a system of measures against vermin damage into practice.
  • Construct a feeding ground, and research ways to attract the geese.
  • Support farming by citizen’s doing the additional work created by vermin damage.
  • Conduct a detailed survey into vermin damage, and research effective countermeasures.
  • Propose the establishment of a support system of vermin damage to the national and Hokkaido governments.

4 Prepare facilities around Miyajima-numa
  • Set up an observation point from which the geese can be observed without causing disturbance.
  • Regulate traffic with a focus on avoiding any impact on agriculture.
  • Construct a new parking lot and a footpath to Miyajima-numa.
  • Establish main facilities at their current position on the southeast edge of the lake.

5 Improve access to Miyajima-numa
  • Secure means of transport other than privately owned vehicles.
  • Devise ways how taxis can be used.
  • Improve access from the existing bus stop.
  • Provide information via the website.
  • Put up signs to Miyajima-numa on major roads.
  • Develop thematic and scientific explanatory software.

6 Develop tourism from new angles
  • Take suggestions from established methods in developed areas.
  • Calculate a basic value for the number of visitors, and test the results and influence.
  • Create a visitor’s database and provide information.
  • Establish the means to analyze feedback from visitors.
  • Mark out a walking route that connects the resources in the city.
  • Create a tourist information center.

7 Strengthen the foundations of agriculture
  • Increase the opportunities for tourists to meet farmers.
  • Reassess the potential and appeal of farming villages and agriculture.
  • Create an environment in which tourists can stay in farming villages.
  • Bring the appeal of farming villages and farm products to the attention of people.
  • Increase prices, and use the profit to support the harmonious coexistence with the geese.

8 Improve education about the environment
  • Draw attention to Miyajima-numa and the geese in school and community education.
  • Establish a system to carry out and support environmental education.
  • Research methods of environmental education, and accumulate the necessary know-how.
  • Promote“Proper” observation through environmental education.
  • Develop the accumulated know-how of environmental education.
  • Co-develop environmental education programs with other concerned regions.
  • Conduct environmental education that is not restricted to the geese’s migration season.

9 Found an organization for promotion by citizens
  • Set the year’s guidelines for Miyajima-numa by the people concerned.
  • Visit and study examples in other regions, and share ideas.
  • Continue efforts to increase the number of such contacts.
  • Form a citizens’ organization that would act independently.

10 Find a new model for agriculture
  • Seek a new model based upon coexistence with nature that will sustain and develop agriculture.

11 Aim to create a waterfowl sanctuary
  • Discuss the development of the river Ishikari basin.