阿蘇草原保全活動センターオープン! /Aso Grassland Conservation Centre is opened!





草原が原野として残っているのは、度重なる噴火、降灰などにより、森林化が妨げられたことが一因ですが、放牧、採草、野焼きなど人々の生業の中で活用されてきたことが大きな理由です。 少なくとも1,000年以上も前から守られてきた歴史的産物であり、草原の野草は、茅葺屋根の材料として、また恵まれない火山灰土壌に厩肥や緑肥としても活用されてきました。また、草原は多くの生きものたちに命を与え、水資源が確保され、土地保全にもつながり、地域の畜産業や観光業においても重要な役割を果たしています。


学習館 TEL:0967-32-4193
情報館 TEL:0967-32-0100

開館時間 9:00-17:00


Aso Grassland Conservation Centre was newly opened in Aso city on 19 April 2015 to raise awareness of value of grassland, its conservation history and promote further utilization.

The center consists of two main facilities, one for Education and another for Information. This is the first educational center for grassland conservation in Japan.

【Grassland Education Centre】
Education Centre as its name, opened as a learning space, where community as well as visitors can learn about Aso’s symbolic grassland. The exhibition space includes diolama which describes clearly about areas of grassland along Aso Geopark areas, a library with audio facility; unique interactive exhibition panels demonstrate how people utilize the grassland in dairy life, how to maintain the land, and its value.
There are also multiuse meeting and training space together with outside working space, where is used by volunteers for burning fields to make tools or crafts making.

【Grassland Information Centre】
The center has function as general enquiry department. Information on grasslands, conservation activities, related events and tourism are available for everyone.

《Aso’s Symbolic Vast Grassland on Pyroclastic Flow Plateau》

Why the grassland has remained open for many years is not only by repeated volcanic eruptions and ash deposits have prevented trees from growing, but also by human management, which includes grazing, grass harvesting and controlled burning, has also played a large role. The grasslands are a historic product of coexistence between humans and nature that has lasted for at least 1,000 years. The grass has been used for thatched roof, and also for manure for poor condition of volcanic soil.

Although the role of volcanic eruptions is significant, controlled fields burning is believed to have a particularly beneficial impact on the grasslands. Burning suppresses the growth of large plants, allow meadow plants and animals to thrive, and helps protect both water resources and soil. Ultimately it also contributes to the local economy by enabling livestock industry to prosper and, more recently, attracting tourists.

However because of decreasing numbers of local labors and its aging as the workload for burning field is so heavy, the conservation of grassland is on risk to continue.
Aso Grassland Regeneration Committee (local pasture association, NPO, researchers, government and other related organizations including Aso geopark) as a centre, has working together in conservation, bio-diversity, education, tourism and pasture management.