Amami Oshima has become a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site!
After years of effort and revision, Amami Oshima has been officially listed by UNESCO as a Natural World Heritage Site. After deliberation by UNESCO, the listing was announced at 18:45 JST on the 26th of July. Amami Oshima will be listed along with Tokunoshima (another island in the Amami Archipelago), the northern area of Okinawa Island, and Iriomote Island. Amami is home to many different flora and fauna, many of which are endemic to Amami Oshima. There are various types of ecosystems within
Amami as well, which contributes to this rich biodiversity.
Conserving this nature for generations to come is a priority to Amami City, and we hope that this paves the way for more efforts in the future!