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Satoyama, only one hour from COP10 venue, is being destroyed with the city's approval

All attending COP10 must have a good idea what satoyama is by now. Many, especially government officials, are emphasizing the ideal side of its satoyama initiative - how Japanese rural area can offer an example of humans and nature co-existing. And you must have started wondering, is that all they can offer? Don't they have any failed experiences, or can't they show us some implementation of that where most of Japan's population can actually see? Isn't there any satoyama in the city of Nagoya if they push it so much?
The truth is, there is one, called Hirabari Satoyama, 5 hectares, only less than 30 minutes ride of subway and 20 minutes of bus. This is actually the only satoyama that can qualify as satoyama - must contain certain man-controlled aspects and productivity, I am not going into details - and its trees started being cut down with the city's approval in the middle of COP10. The city does not have a courage to share its failure to save this satoyama so that the rest of Japan and even the rest of the world can learn from it - why satoyama in urban areas cannot be saved in Japan. If you are attending COP10, and if you are frustrated how slow everything is moving, then please take your chance to let all know what government officials are not willing to share.

JapanTimes covered a story from this site on Oct. 21.

You can contact Somiya Hiroaki, a representative of Hirabri Satoyama Conservancy

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