This is the first time that the International Wildlife Management Congress (IWMC) comes to Asia. The Mammal Society of Japan (MSJ) in partnership with the Wildlife Society (TWS) will host this exciting congress at the Sapporo Convention Center, Hokkaido, Japan from July 26 to 30, 2015. The previous four IWMCs were held in Hungary, Costa Rica, New Zealand, and South Africa. The Vth IWMC is therefore the first at which “wildlifers” from the entire world will meet together in East Asia, and the MSJ and TWS are extremely pleased to host the IWMC 2015.
Wildlife research in Japan is today one of the greatest social interests and one of the most dynamic fields in ecological science. The islands of Japan stretch a long distance from north to south and contain a diversity of wildlife. Our natural environment provides a rich habitat for many species of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. The hosting city Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido, is an excellent location to practice the main theme of this congress, “International Models of Wildlife Biology and Management: Beyond Cultural Differences.” Hokkaido has introduced many exemplary practices in wildlife management and human dimension studies.
However, as with many other countries and regions, Japan faces many ecological, social, and structural problems with regard to its wildlife. These call for far-reaching reforms under the leadership of the scientific community. The hyper-abundant population of sika deer is one serious social assignment. The Sapporo metropolitan area is struggling with the looming population growth of urban deer and bears. Our hunting population is rapidly declining. Our island ecosystem is prone to invasion by alien species.
The Vth IWMC hopes to attract more than 1,000 delegates from around the globe. It is an amazing opportunity for all wildlifers to share our knowledge and experiences of wildlife sciences.
Come join us in exciting discussions on all aspects of wildlife, ecology, biology, not to mention people, and in enjoying the agreeable atmosphere of the northern island of Japan, Hokkaido.
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Conflicts between large mammals and human beings are a critical issue in Hokkaido, Japan. Sika deer cause huge damage in the agriculture and forestry industries. Brown bears haunt both crop fields and urban areas. Marine mammals cause serious damage to fisheries. Let’s discuss future solutions for wildlife management in Sapporo!
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