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”.



Basic research and organization
  • Recognition as a national wildlife sanctuary and registration as a wetland under the Ramsar Convention should be sought.
  • Basic surveys on the environment of Miyajima Marsh should be conducted continually.
  • Specialists should be requested to analyze data and devise the methods necessary for development.

Training people who will handle the preservation of nature
  • A research environment should be created for researchers from Bibai and beyond.
  • A system of support for research should be established.

Taking measures against vermin damage to crops
  • Environmentally friendly measures against vermin damage should be devised.
  • A feeding ground should be designed, and ways to attract the geese researched.
  • Citizens can support farming by doing the additional work created by vermin damage on a voluntary basis.
  • A detailed survey into vermin damage should be conducted, and effective countermeasures researched.
  • The establishment of a support system should be proposed to the national and Hokkaido governments.

Preparing facilities around Miyajima Marsh
  • The amenities for a visitor center should be designed.
  • An observation point should be set up from which the geese can be observed and photographed without causing disturbance.
  • Traffic should be regulated with a focus on avoiding any impact on agriculture.
  • A new parking lot and a footpath to Miyajima Marsh should be constructed.
  • Main facilities should be established at their current position on the southeast edge of the marsh.

⑤ Improving access to Miyajima Marsh
  • Means of transport other than privately owned vehicles should be secured.
  • Taxis can be used.
  • Access from the existing bus stop should be improved.
  • Information should be provided via the website.
  • Signs to Miyajima Marsh should be put up on major roads.
  • Thematic and scientific explanatory software should be developed.

⑥ Developing tourism from new angles
  • Suggestions should be taken from established methods in developed areas.
  • A basic value for the number of visitors should be calculated, and the results and influence tested.
  • A visitor’s database should be created and information provided.
  • The means to analyze feedback from visitors should be established.
  • A walking route that connects the resources in the city should be marked out.
  • A tourist information center should be created.

⑦ Strengthening the foundations of agriculture
  • The opportunities for tourists to meet farmers should be increased.
  • The potential and appeal of farming villages and agriculture should be reassessed.
  • An environment in which tourists can stay in farming villages should be created.
  • The appeal of farming villages and farm produce should be brought to the attention of people.
  • Prices should be increased, and the profit used to support the symbiotic relationship with the geese.

⑧ Improving education about the environment
  • Attention should be drawn to Miyajima Marsh and the geese in school and community education.
  • A system to carry out and support education about the environment should be established.
  • Methods of teaching about the environment should be researched, and the necessary know-how accumulated.
  • “Proper” observation should be promoted through education about the environment.
  • The accumulated know-how of environmental education should be developed.
  • Environmental education programs should be co-developed with other concerned regions.
  • Environmental education that is not restricted to the geese’s migration season should be conducted.

Founding an organization for promotion by the people of Bibai
  • The year’s guidelines for Miyajima Marsh should be set by the people concerned.
  • Examples in other regions should be visited and studied, and a basis upon which ideas can be shared should be formulated.
  • Efforts to increase the number of such contacts should be continued.
  • A citizens’ organization that would act independently should be formed.
Finding a new model for agriculture
  • A new model based upon symbiosis with nature that will sustain and develop agriculture should be sought.

Aiming to create a waterfowl sanctuary
  • The development of the Ishikari River basin should be discussed.