• Dave Harmon, PW editor

Japan | Dams to be removed on prime salmon rivers to enhance WH nomination of Shiretoko NP

Japan is enthusiastic about the UNESCO World Heritage List, seeing it as a major tourist draw. This enthusiasm is the major impetus toward an effort to restore the viability of several prime salmon rivers in the country's north.

Approving sites for the UNESCO World Heritage List often comes with requirements, such as restoring or protecting historic or natural features – this was the case when Japan applied to have Shiretoko National Park in Northeast Hokkaido listed.

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