8-9 September, 2007/Biwa-ko, Shiga
|KODOMO Ramsar in Biwa-ko was held at Biwa-ko ramsar site in Shiga prefecture
on September 8th and 9th, 2007. 49 children, representing a variety of
Ramsar sites such as Kushiro-shitsugen, Tofutsu-ko, Yatsu-higata, Fujimae-higata,
Nakaumi, Nagura-Amparu, and living children near the Biwa-ko participated
in the activity.
|The first day was a field study parting three groups. One group visited the biotope area in school, other group visited wetlands arround the Biwa-ko. Children learned history, culture and nature of Biwa-ko.||After the field study, children moved to Okishima in Biwa-ko by ship. Okishima is unique place in the world, the inhabited island inside a freshwater lake. About 380 people are living there.|
|In the night, children was talking about the KODOMO message for tomorrow.
They formed the themselves in groups of five.
|On the morning of 9th, children tour around okishima. On the way, governer of shiga prefecture visited them. She talked about history and value of the Biwa-ko and the okishama.|
|In the afternoon, children made the KODOMO message reflecting yesterday opinion.||By children's joint effort, they came up with the following KODOMO Message.
"Thank you for our mother Biwa-ko,
precious water bearing life
~take back drinking water everywhere of lake~
Thank you for the participants
to the KODOMO Ramsar in Biwa-ko !!