Nature & Parks

[Outline of Policies] Shirakami-sanchi World Heritage Area Management Plan

[Cultural and Historical Heritage] Shirakami-sannchi World Heritage Area Management Plan

Outline of the Policies Affecting the Shirakami-sanchi World Heritage Area

Systems NamePurpose and RequirementsZone(Area)Management ClassificationRestrictionsNotes
Nature Conservation Area (Shirakami-sanchi Nature Conservation Area) Areas fulfill specific criteria (e.g., being an extraordinary natural forest) and are necessary to preserve the natural environment given consideration of natural and social conditions. Special Zone, (9,844 ha) Core Area The following activities require the approval of the Minister of the Environment (Article 25): (1)constructing, reconstructing, or extending buildings, (2) altering the landscape (3) mining and quarrying, (4) reclamation, (5) altering the water level or water volume in rivers, etc., (6) cuttingtrees or bamboo, (7) discharging waste water or sewage into designated lakes, marshes, rivers, etc., (8) using vehicles or horses in designated zones. Nature
Conservation
Law
Wildlife Protection Zone (,9,844 ha)(Same area asthe Special Zone). Core Area Restriction s are placed on collecting or damaging the 108 species of plants. (A list of protected species is attached.) (Article 26)
Ordinary Zone ,(4,199 ha) Buffer Area The following activities require that written notification be given to the Minister of the Environment (Article 28).): (1) constructing, reconstructing, or extending buildings, (2) altering the landscape, (3) mining and quarrying, (4) reclamation, (5) altering the water level or water volume in rivers, etc.
Quasi-National
Park
(Tsugaru Quasi-
National park)
Parks contributes to human health, recreation, and enlightenment by protecting scenic beauty and promoting its use. Special Zone (, 624 ha) Buffer Area The following activities require the approval of the Prefectural Governor (Article 17).): (1) constructing, reconstructing, or extending buildings, (2) cutting trees or bamboo, (3) mining and quarrying, (4) altering of the water level or water volume in rivers, etc., (5) discharging waste water or sewage into designated lakes, marshes, rivers, etc., (6) advertising, (7) reclamation, (8) altering the landscape, (9) collecting designated plants, (10) changing the color of buildings, etc., (11) using vehicles or horses in designated zones. Natural Parks
Law
Special Protection Zone (, 344 ha) Core Area and Buffer Area In addition to (1) through (8) and (11) listed above, the following activities require the approval of the Prefectural Governor (Article 18).): (12) damaging trees or bamboo, (13) planting trees or bamboo, (14) grazing livestock, (15) accumulating things, (17) collecting fallen leaves or branches, (18) capturing animals.
Akashi Keiryu-
Anmon no
Taki Prefectural
Natural Park
Special Zone (1,952 ha) Buffer Area The activities that require the approval of the Aomori Prefectural Governor .are the same as those listed for the Special Area in the Quasi-national Park. Aomori
Prefecture
Natural Parks Ordinance
Kimimachizaka-Fujisatokyo Prefectural Natural Park Special Zone (8 ha) Buffer Area The activities that require the approval of the Akita Prefectural Governor are the same as those listed for the Special Area in the Quasi-national Park. Akita Prefecture
Natural Parks
Ordinance
Forest Ecosystem Reserve Shirakami-sanchi Forest Ecosystem Reserve Conservation forests which contribute to the maintenance of the natural environment that is made up of the forest ecosystem, the protection of plants and animals, preservation of the gene pool, advancement of forestry management and techniques, and academic research through preserving primitive forests. Preservation Area (10,139 ha) Core Area Principally, this area will be left to natural succession without human disturbance. (emergency measures caused by natural disasters; monitoring, academic research and other activities that contribute to the larger public welfare,;and other legal measures are excluded by this restriction). On the
reformation and
expansion of
Conservation
Forests (Order
by
Director of the
General Forestry
Agency, April 1989)
Conservation and
Utilization Area
(6,832 ha)
Buffer Area No forestry operations are permitted for the purpose timber production ( if there is an artificial forest multiple forest management may be applicable). Educational and recreational use that does not accompany large-scale development is permissible.
Natural Monuments (designated species) Monuments are animals, plants, and geological minerals of great academic interest in Japan. Special Natural Monuments: JapaneseSerow (Capricornis crispus); NaturalMonuments: Black Woodpecker (Dryocopus martius),Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos japonica),Dormouse (Glirulus japonicus) The Commissioner for Cultural Affairs must approve activities that may impact the preservation of the status quo of designated species. (Article 80) Law on the
Protection of
Cultural
Properties

Ministry of the Environment Government of Japan

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