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Wildlife Research Center Seminar -- "Conservation and Sustainable Use of Ghanaian Wildlife: Research Report and Plan for This Year"(June 8, 2011)

A JSPS AA Science Platform Program seminar, "Conservation and Sustainable Use of Ghanaian Wildlife: Research Report and Plan for This Year," was held at the Wildlife Research Center following last year's seminar, with five researchers invited from the University of Ghana under a JSPS AA Science Platform Program titled, "Research Collaboration for Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of Wildlife Resources" (FY 2010-2012, coordinator: Director Gen'ichi Idani of the Wildlife Research Center).

Participating in the seminar were a total of fifty-four researchers from the University of Ghana, Gifu University, Kyoto Gakuen University, Kyoto Prefectural University, and Kyoto University's Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, where interim reports on their joint research activities and presentations on future research plans were given. There were reports or proposals on six research projects from the University of Ghana researchers and seven projects from the Japanese researchers, as well as in-depth discussions on concrete plans to promote the conservation of wildlife based on ties across diverse disciplines, including anthropology, field science, veterinary medicine, animal husbandry, and genetics. At the welcome party, participants enjoyed a time of friendly exchange.

After the seminar, participants from the University of Ghana visited the Primate Research Institute, the Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, and the Kyoto City Zoo, and discussed with the Japanese researchers specific issues regarding research collaboration and human resource development. The four University of Ghana graduate students will stay at the Wildlife Research Center and Gifu University until early August in order to engage in joint research activities dealing with the analysis of genetic diversity and infections in wildlife based on the research plans they presented at the seminar.

It is anticipated that the results of this seminar will help activate academic exchange across disciplines regarding wildlife conservation and produce more research achievements by enabling significant mutual learning.


Professor Miho Murayama opening the seminar

Dr. Boniface Baboreka Kayang closing the seminar

Group photo at the seminar hall