Japan to Propose Kobushi Region as UNESCO Biosphere Reserve (News)
Tokyo, March 8 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese National Commission for UNESCO has decided to propose the Kobushi mountain region straddling Saitama Prefecture and three neighboring prefectures as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve area.
The commission on Wednesday said it plans to submit an application in September. Whether the region will be added to the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve list will be determined around spring 2019.
The Kobushi region stretches over 12 municipalities in the four prefectures, also including Nagano, Yamanashi, and Tokyo. Its main feature is the Okuchichibu mountain range, including Mount Kobushi and Mount Kinpu.
The 190,603-hectare region holds sources of big rivers, namely Arakawa, Tama, Fuefuki, and Chikuma. Areas near these rivers are also included in the region.
The region is rich in nature, including precious living creatures such as Luehdorfia puziloi, a butterfly variety, as well as cultural assets including those linked to mountain worship and Shintō.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]