知床宣言


知床宣言


October 30, 2005


             Shiretoko's World Treasure Declaration


Shiretoko is now recognized as one of the world natural heritages, with its unique biodiversity and ecosystem in both the land and sea.

The Shiretoko coastline is the southernmost point that drift ice reaches in the northern hemisphere.  The subtle ecosystem which spreads from the sea to the land supports various animals and vegetation, and is also a breeding place for an important internationally recognized rare species such as the Steller's sea eagle, and the white-tailed sea eagle among others.  Abundant marine life resources are carried to the forests by fish traveling up the rivers which helps sustain local animals like the brown bear.  Many varieties of creatures have been flourishing in the natural environment of this great land, Shiretoko since ancient days.

In order to responsibly hand down this world natural heritage to the next generation as a priceless asset of mankind, we, in unity together with the citizens of Hokkaido, hereby vow to make every effort towards proper use and conservation of this priceless world treasure, Shiretoko.  At the same time, we will maintain the wisdom and skills that the region's ancestors, the Ainu, have passed on through the generations as well as conserve the valuable history and remember what the land has provided us.


Harumi Takahashi
Governor of Hokkaido


Sakae Gorai
Mayor of Shari Town

Kimio Waki
Mayor of Rausu Town

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