Forests of Okinawa and Kagoshima islands may finally be registered as a UNESCO World Heritage. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN,) an advisory body for UNESCO, reported that woodlands in the northern part Okinawa’s main island, Iriomote Island, Amami Oshima and Tokunoshima, are home to many rare species of animals, such as Amami rabbit and yanbaru kuina (Okinawa rail,) and posses values to be registered as World Natural Heritage. Such registration is expected to be formalized at an online meeting in July. Source: NHK / Okinawa Times
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