Many thanks for your letters to the mayor of Nagoya city which were
coveredby major national newspapers. The Save Fujimae Association
greatlyappreciates your support towards saving Fujimae, an
internationallyimportant stopover site on the Asia-Australasia Flyway.
However, to finallycancel the garbage dump project, we need your support
The draft EIA says that because aquatic phytoplankton and zooplankton move
constantly with the flow of water, habitat reduction will be insignificant.
Regarding benthos, fish & their eggs, the draft EIS concludes that impacts
of the project will be insignificant because 225 hectares of tidal flat will
be left in the vicinity of the project area. However, no adjacent tidal flat
matches Fujimae's quality as habitat. Some areas are in the middle of the
river, which is periodically dredged, or are occupied by reedbeds. Most
importantly, Fujimae and its adjacent area are the last habitat for
shorebirds and aquatic creatures within the Ise Bay.
95% OF ISE BAY'S ORIGINAL TIDAL FLATS HAVE ALREADY BEEN CONVERTED INTO PORT AND INDUSTRIAL COMPLEXES.
An added 180m wide strip surrounding the 46.5 hectare project area will be
used for construction and transportation, and for a barrier to stop
pollutant leakage. The result will be that all of Fujimae Tidal Flat will
be rendered virtually useless for the shorebirds and aquatic creatures.
Nagoya city managed to come to these conclusions by manipulating the
research. For example, one-day surveys were performed on literally one day
in the off season for migratory birds. The particular habits of each species
were ignored, tidal levels were ignored, impacts of the project on the
ecosystem as a whole were ignored, etc.
Nagoya City chose to go ahead with the old rules, which would predictably
allow the development despite obvious impacts on the wetland. A full
translation of the 1,000 page report is impossible, but a detailed outline
of the relevant problems is available - please let us know if you'd like to
see a copy. If you don't have time to study the outline to form your
opinion, please send a simple letter. You can write anything you like, but
we recommend that you mention:
And please send a copy of your comments to:
Save Fujimae Association
Address: Dept. of Math. Meijo University
1-501 Shiogamaguchi Tenpaku Nagoya, 468 JAPAN
Fax: 81-52-832-1169 A.Tsuji
If you feel it's too inconvenience to send two copies, please send your
opinion to SFA by easiest way for you, via Mail, Fax, or E-mail.
Save Fujimae Association will present your opinion paper to the authorities together with others collected from around Japan and the world.
p.s. Please open attached files if you interest on national shore bird count
data in Sprin 1996 and further information.