30by30 is an international goal that aims to effectively conserve at least 30% of land and sea as healthy ecosystems by 2030. Hokkaido University has a wide variety of fields, including a vast campus and a research forest with a total area of approximately 70,000 ha (approximately 0.2% of Japan's land area). We have contributed to conservation. In June 2022, we launched the 30by30 Alliance for Biodiversity, the first national university to do so, in order to promote integrated sustainability that balances climate change countermeasures and biodiversity conservation (nature positivity). We are participating in the following activities.

Application and certification as a natural coexistence site

Natural coexistence sites are areas certified by the government (Minister of the Environment) where biodiversity is being conserved through private efforts, and areas that do not overlap with areas that are already designated as wildlife protection areas are OECM. *¹Registered in international database.
Hokkaido University applied for and has been certified for the following areas.

  • Uryu Research Forest*² (24,953ha) Certification date: Wednesday, October 25, 2023 (certified site in the first half of 2020)
  • Sapporo campus*³ (126ha) Certification date: Monday, March 18, 2024 (certified site in the second half of 2020)


Abbreviation for Other Effective area-based conservation measures. Areas that contribute to biodiversity conservation other than protected areas such as national parks.

*² Uryu Research Forest
Uryu Research Forest is one of seven research forests in and outside of Hokkaido that belong to Field Science Center for Northern Biosphere Forest Station. Founded in 1901. Located in one of the snowiest areas in Japan, it is a habitat for precious wildlife such as the endangered Japanese ittle. The forest is a mixed coniferous forest in which evergreen coniferous trees such as Scots pine and deciduous broadleaved trees such as Quercus japonica and white birch grow together. Research aimed at collecting basic information over a long period of time, research on countermeasures against increasingly serious climate change, and forest management that takes biodiversity into consideration have been carried out. In the future, the area within the research forest (24,255 ha), excluding areas that overlap with areas already designated as wildlife protection areas (698 ha), will be registered in the OECM international database. (As of February 13, 2024)

*³ Sapporo Campus
There is a large biological production research farm and research forest (experimental nursery) on the premises, making it one of the largest urban university campuses in Japan (177 ha). While it is home to many educational facilities, it is also home to an ecosystem that has been preserved for many years, including the primeval forest that is Sapporo's natural landscape, the ruins of Memu, where underground water from the Toyohira River gushes, and a diverse flora and fauna, including rare species. It has been well preserved. The results of the ecological environment survey (biota survey), which has been conducted every year since 2009 under the leadership of the Sustainable Campus Management Office Eco-Environmental Management Working Group, which is made up of university faculty and staff with specialized knowledge and skills related to ecosystems and green spaces, are summarized below. While utilizing the green space, we are implementing sustainable conservation and management of green spaces in accordance with the ecological environment conservation management policy. The certified natural coexistence site area of the Sapporo campus is here Please refer to the.

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