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.

We have solicited environmental support donation miles from ANA Mileage Club members who supported the activities of Team Tyura Sango. (June 1 to June 30, 2020) The 249,000 miles collected were donated to the activities of Team Tyura Sango.

Preparing Coral Fragments
Divers Transplanting Coral
Coral Reefs at Manza Bay, Onna Village
Participants in the Transplanting Event

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.

Volunteer activities in the Takazato area, Ogimi Village, Kunigami District
Mikania micrantha, an invasive plant species

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. *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. *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 Opens in a new window.In the case of an external site,it may or may not meet accessibility guidelines.
  3. *3.WWF: Environmental preservation public interest corporation located in approximately 100 countries (WWF 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.