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President’s Welcome

We all hope to live in a prosperous, beautiful country. Our children and future generations will also have the same hope. Japanese people made significant efforts after the World War II and our country has become one of the largest economies in the world. On the other hand, in return for materialistic wealth, we have lost important assets including our unique culture and traditions, attractive townscapes, and deep appreciation for living in harmony with nature, all of which had been developed in our long history. In particular, our disorganized land usage has killed much wildlife and broken the healthy ecosystem balance.

Due to overuse of underground resources such as fossil fuel, we have released CO2 into the atmosphere, causing climate change, health concerns due to endocrine disruption, and other environmental problems. These issues have negatively impacted the foundation of our own lives. Given that natural ecosystems and underground resources are properties to be shared with future generations, we are damaging the foundation of those generations as well.

Japan is facing a pivotal turning point now. The concept of nature restoration in order to share resources with future generations, which has been long promoted in Europe and the US, is growing and becoming a mainstream idea in Japan. As a leading environmental think tank in Japan, ECSJ will keep playing an active role in the effort to build a sustainable society where our children and future generations can enjoy living in harmony with nature. We appreciate your support for activities to achieve this mission.


Hobun Ikeya
President, Ecosystem Conservation Society-Japan

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