Conservation of the Okinawa Dugong: After Two IUCN Recommendations and One IUCN Resolution

In the last 12 years, the IUCN has passed two recommendations (2.72 and 3.114) and one resolution (4.022) to promote the conservation of the Okinawa dugong in light of the US and Japanese governments´ plan to construct a US military base in Henoko/Oura Bay, Okinawa, a critical habitat for the Okinawa dugong. While the construction plan still remains in effect, the recommendations/resolution have proved to be important tools in the sustained conservation efforts for the Okinawa dugong and their habitats.

Our poster session provides an opportunity 1) to inform and discuss how and to what extent the IUCN recommendations/resolution have been made relevant and utilized in the conservation efforts for the Okinawan dugong in such a politically complicated situation and 2) to explore whether further collective action could be taken by the stakeholders. Emphasis is placed upon the fact that various stakeholders have taken steps towards dugong conservation, while maintaining their own stances on the construction plan and the recommendations/resolution.

Our poster highlights NGOs´ advocacy campaigns on the basis of the IUCN recommendations/resolution as well as NGOs´ citizens´ research on the dugong and their biodiversity-rich habitats. It illustrates the roles of international organizations such as UNEP/CMS MoU Dugong in production and dissemination of knowledge and skills for dugong range communities. It also illustrates the efforts by the Japanese Ministry of the Environment in terms of research and "dugong rescure" programs carried out independently of the recommendations/resolution. It highlights the emerging interest shown by local municipalities and communities in relationships between community development and the conservation of dugong and their habitats.

Our poster session provides key to understanding and examining the roles of IUCN recommendations and resolutions in sustaining and guiding resilient and dynamic conservation efforts.

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Japan
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