BirdLife International Asia Division is a division in Asia of BirdLife International (HQ in Cambridge, UK), an international environmental NGO to conserve habitats of birds taking them as the index.
BirdLife International set up an office in Tokyo in 2002 to promote its conservation activities for 16 countries/areas in Asia. In 2005, it had officially been registered as an incorporated NGO and in April 2011 it was reorganized as a general incorporated association, BirdLife International Asia Division, to take advantage of its characteristics as an international environmental NGO. Since the Asian divisional office has been transferred to Singapore on May 2012, the Tokyo office will conduct activitites mainly in Japan.
Positioning birds as the index to evaluate the state of biodiversity, we are conducting our conservation efforts from four phases: species, habitats, environment and local people.
Among important actions by 2013 which were decided by BirdLife’s World Conference held in September 2008, following items are included: ‘Contribution to biodiversity and preventing global warming by means of forest conservation’, ‘Protection of migrant birds and their habitats’, ‘Conservation of sea birds and marine ecosystem’ and ‘Businesses and biodiversity’.
In response to this, we, Tokyo office, are working specially for developing new program such as businesses and biodiversity, supporting marine and sea birds program and promoting flyway partnership. In addition, we are working for conservation of habitats (especially, forests and wetlands), protection of species with the highest threats for extinction, securing ecosystem service and conducting innovative measures for conserving IBAs in collaboration with local people.