Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
Ramsar Convention Secretariat
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the Ramsar Convention Secretariat (Ramsar Secretariat) has agreed to cooperate on global survey of the Wetlands of International Importance through the use of Japanese ALOS ("Daichi") satellite images.
On October 18, 2010, Dr. Tachikawa. JAXA President, and Prof. Davidson, Deputy Secretary General of Ramsar Secretariat, attended the side event of the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 10), entitled "The role of the Ramsar Convention in the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity", hosted by Ministry of Environment (MoE), Ramsar Secretariat and Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity. During the side event they signed on the Agreement with the attendance of Mr. Hiroyuki Tani, head of the secretariat of parliamentary group on Ramsar wetlands.
JAXA has ever provided "Daichi" images on trial to the Ramsar Secretariat to support the wetlands survey. Upon the conclusion of this agreement, JAXA will enhance these cooperation, and provide officially "Daichi" images of Wetlands of International Importance to the Secretariat, based on the coordination what kind of images to provide. Besides, JAXA will publish the database of "Daichi" images.
Ramsar Secretariat will apply ALOS satellite images in wetland inventory, assessment and conservation, for the wise use of wetlands.