On 2 February, 2017, World Wetland Day, the geographical distance is reduced between the high school students in Iran and Japan. First internet video conference was held between the students of Rasht’s Mirzakoochak Khan Exceptional Talents High School on behalf of the Anzali Wetland and Shibecha High School near the Kushiro-shitsugen wetland in Hokkaido pref. Japan. Education Organization, Department of Environment and JICA Expert Team supported the Mirzakoochak Khan High School and Kushiro International Wetland Centre (KIWC) supported the Shibecha High School.
Both wetlands are registered in Ramsar Convention. Kushiro-shitsugen Wetland is the first wetland in Japan which has been registered as Ramsar Site in 1980.
Shibecha High School that provides specialized theoretical and practical training in the fields of environment, agriculture, animal husbandry, and forestry to students. This school with about 2.55 Km2 is the largest school in the field of environment and natural resources.
Iranian and Japanese students while having Skype audio video internet connection introduced the their geography, culture and ecology of two areas where these two wetlands are located in, and provided environmental information, and introduced the environmental activities performed by students in relation with environment management and in discussion part, deepen their understanding and information.
It is planned to continue the internet conference between Shibecha High School and Mirzakoochak Khan High School with other high schools in the Anzali Wetland watershed across borders for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources.
JICA Expert Team will continue to support both schools in cooperation with KIWC.