Island Wildlife Laboratory (IWL) is based on the island of Okinawa of the Ryukyu archipelago in Japan. The islands are filled with an array of unique diversity and abundance of nature found nowhere else in the world.
For many years, we humans have lived harmoniously with our natural world and made use of its resources. However, with the continuous development of science, technology, and human populations, our impact on the environment also continues to increase as well. The International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Endangered species shows the number of endangered species risking extinction is also increasing, causing a huge concern for the potential loss of biodiversity. The Ryukyu islands specifically, are entirely made up of small, isolated islands that have a significantly higher chance of being negatively impacted. For example, the invasive Small Indian Mongoose mercilessly preys on the local wildlife found in Northern Okinawa and Amami regions, causing a huge loss in biodiversity and ecological balance.
The Institute of Island Biology was established with the aim of preserving biodiversity in the Ryukyu Islands and actively addressing these issues. We highly prioritize the environmental conservation of the Ryukyu islands, and accumulate the knowledge, experience, and technology for conservation through various means.
Name: Island Biology Laboratory Co., Ltd.
Headquarters: 587-1-402 Goga, Nago City, Okinawa Prefecture
North Office: 132 Kogachi, Nago City, Okinawa Prefecture
South Office: 244-5 Kanera, Tomigusuku City, Okinawa Prefecture
Representative Director: Norihiro Kawauchi
Company established on April 3, 2017
Introduction of Company Efforts,
- Ecological and wildlife surveys
- Development and research
- Renting of nature and wildlife photography
- Organization and management of research and academic conferences