Environmental and Biodiversity Conservation
Holding Workshops as Part of Our Efforts to Eradicate the Illegal Wildlife Trade
In March 2018, ANA became the first Japanese airline to sign the United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce Buckingham Palace Declaration, a plan recommended by IATA that aims to eradicate the illegal wildlife trade. We also undertake the following efforts:
- Inform customers and employees about the illegal wildlife trade
- Share information with airports and aviation-related personnel
- Implement awareness raising programs in cooperation with other related entities
In December 2019, we held our first ever workshop for airport personnel outside the ANA Group using the ROUTES*1 partnership program. This was our second such workshop after our 2018 workshop for Group employees, and was planned together with the Narita International Airport Corporation (NAA). Speakers included members of TRAFFIC*2, an NGO that surveys and monitors the wildlife trade at WWF Japan*3, and Tokyo Customs, and attendees got to learn about topics including the present situation with common smuggling routes, real incidents, and handling procedures upon discovering live animals.
We will continue to promote an understanding and awareness of the illegal wildlife trade, sharing information in cooperation with related parties and promoting initiatives to conserve the environment and ecosystems in Japan and overseas.
- *1.ROUTES: Abbreviation of Reducing Opportunities for Unlawful Transport of Endangered Species. ROUTES is an international collaborative platform for dealing with criminal activities involving the illegal trade of wild animals. The organization implements a variety of programs, mainly in countries / regions where illegal transactions occur frequently.
- *2.TRAFFIC: NGO that surveys and monitors wildlife trade. A joint venture between the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). TRAFFIC sponsors activities through a global network, mainly through bases in ten countries. TRAFFIC https://www.trafficj.org/ Opens in a new window.In the case of an external site,it may or may not meet accessibility guidelines.
- *3.WWF: Environmental preservation public interest corporation located in approximately 100 countries (WWF https://www.wwf.or.jp/eng/ Opens in a new window.In the case of an external site,it may or may not meet accessibility guidelines.) WWF Japan adopts the nature-centric view that human beings exist as a part of greater nature. The organization works on issues within Japan and international issues related to Japan.
Coral Conservation Activity: Team Tyura Sango
In 2002, ANA proposed its assistance in ocean environmental conservation (coral transplanting) to Onna Village, Okinawa, a place where its corals were stricken by bleaching. This assistance took the form of coral transplanting, which began in the following year. Further, in 2004, the ANA Group formed Team Tyura Sango, a coral conservation project, which engages with companies from both Okinawa and elsewhere that have signed on to the conservation project.
The team, which saw its 16th anniversary in 2019, is comprised of 19 firms as of July 2020, and has the cooperation of related parties in Okinawa, as well as the support of bodies such as the Ministry of the Environment, the Okinawa prefectural government, and the Onna Village municipal government. The project also enjoys donations from ANA Mileage Club members. This support allows the team to carry out five yearly coral fragment transplanting events and educational activities to raise awareness for treating the formerly-vibrant coral reefs with great care.
The International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) named 2018 the International Year of the Reef.
Team Tyura Sango participates in the Tokyo Coral Cafe as a Ministry of the Environment-certified official supporter, promoting activities and details about the village of Onna, where the activities are based. These initiatives deepen Onna coral conservation and provide samples of sea grapes and local awamori liquor, specialties of the region.
Via Team Tyura Sango, the ANA Group pursues the goal of protecting corals as a unified organization in conjunction with participating companies, local related parties, and participating individuals. The ANA Group strives for environmental conservation and biodiversity, contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Prevention and Extermination of Invasive Species in Yambaru National Park
Most people picture the blue ocean when they think of Okinawa. On the north of the main island, however, lies Yambaru National Park with its vast green forests of subtropical plants. This area contains a diverse set of natural environments and is home to rare flora and fauna such as the Okinawa rail bird. The area is attempting to be registered as a Natural World Heritage Site.
In recent years, highly prolific invasive plant species have entered the area, and their habitat is rapidly growing in size. This has disrupted the proper natural balance as native species are unable to get enough sunlight, while invasive species also steal water and nutrition. The prevention and elimination of these invasive species is therefore a pressing issue.
In July 2019, a volunteer team of ANA Group employees came together to preserve the Yambaru National Park ecosystem. This team worked to eliminate and prevent the spread of the invasive mikania micrantha plant in the Takazato area of Ogimi Village in Kunigami District.
The ANA Group will continue efforts to preserve the abundant nature of Yambaru National Park in cooperation with the local population and the Ministry of Environment.
Environmental Support Miles
The ANA Group implemented the Tohoku Coastal Forest Restoration Miles and Coral Restoration Project Miles programs for ANA Mileage Club Members who wished to support these conservation efforts through mileage donations. Tohoku Coastal Forest Restoration Miles were used to support the Organization for Industrial, Spiritual and Cultural Advancement (OISCA) International, a public interest incorporated association. The OISCA leads the Coastal Forest Restoration Project, which aims to replant forests that were destroyed by the Great East Japan Earthquake. Coral Restoration Project Miles were used to support the ANA Group's Team Tyura Sango Project, which aims to restore coral reefs off the coast of Onna Village in Okinawa Prefecture.(June 17-July 16, 2019)
Tohoku Coastal Forest Restoration Miles
Participation: 239 AMC Member accounts (717,000 miles)
Mileage was donated toward activities conducted by OISCA International, which is leading the Ten-Year Coastal Forest Restoration Project. As part of this project, residents of the affected communities cultivate saplings that will be planted in order to restore the beautiful coastal forests that were destroyed by the tsunami.
Coral Restoration Project Miles
Participation: 175 AMC Member accounts (525,000 miles)
The coral reefs off the coast of Onna Village in Okinawa Prefecture are being destroyed due to a combination of feeding by crown-of-thorns starfish, red clay runoff, and bleaching caused by rising seawater temperatures. Mileage was donated toward Team Tyura Sango, a coral restoration project that aims to revive these reefs.