2019 Volume 82 Issue 5 Pages 573-578
To promote conservation of biodiversity in local area, collaborative management approach is useful. This study focused on the case of forest patrol activity conducted by local forestry workers and residents in Yambaru area of Okinawa Island. The purpose of this study is to survey the development process, analyze the change of awareness of participants, and then view the multiple effect with the point of project scheme. We examined administrative project reports,organized the gradual change in method, harvest and the remarks of participants in the feedback-meeting.It is clarified that the project started in 2011 has been improved with many outcomes, not only strengthen the measure against poaching of endangered species, but it is also helpful to conduct monitoring survey of both native and alien species, and develop nature survey skills of participants. Additionally, it is effective to grow positive sense and action of participants for their familiar natural environment and realize its outstanding value. The project scheme including lecture by experts, data processing direction, public relations and feedback-meeting effected well the gradual change. As a result, the forest patrol activity provides local stakeholders with good opportunities to get involved, and leads them to advance independently community-based natural resource management.