The tidal flat wetland protection movement and JAWAN
In 1989, the International Wetland Research Bureau (IWRB), Japan Committee, published “Inventory of Wetlands in Japan.”
Also in 1989, an “International Wetland Symposium” was held in Nagoya, which recognized the significance of the Ramsar Convention, and proposed formation of a national network, which was established at an International Wetland Symposium held in Isahaya in 1991. This was the start of Japan Wetlands Action Network (JAWAN).
JAWAN representatives have taken part as observers at all CoPs since (CoP5-CoP9). JAWAN is now extending its network to wetlands other than tidal flats.
JAWAN is particularly known for its ability to work with local NGOs, national NGOs, the government and others in the pursuit of realizing wetland conservation and wise use as defined by the Ramsar Convention.