Narashino Agreement

Brisbane City Council and the City of Narashino, Japan have had an agreement in relation to the protection of migratory shorebirds since 1998.

The migratory shorebirds fly the East Asian-Australasian Flyway route between the Boondall Wetlands and Yatsu Higata Tidelands.

The Narashino Agreement:

  • embraces the idea of "thinking globally and acting locally"
  • is a shared initiatives for the conservation of migratory shorebirds and their habitats
  • responds to increasing concern and awareness of both cities and their citizens regarding the conservation of wetlands.

Yatsu Higata Tidal Flats of Narashino, Japan and Moreton Bay, Brisbane (incorporating Boondall Wetlands) are listed under the Ramsar convention on wetlands of international importance. 

Find out more about migratory shorebirds.

Celebrating 20 years of the agreement

This year, Council celebrated the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Narashino Agreement with temporary art installations placed on the foreshores at Nudgee Beach, Sandgate and Manly from 6-20 October 2018. Named Flock, and produced by local artists Claire Tracey and Annique Goldenberg, the installations represented a flock of birds in flight and reminded residents of the importance of protecting wetland habitats for migratory shorebirds.

Japanese language translation

This information is available in Japanese (日本語).  この情報は日本語でもご覧になれます.


Wings of the World

Council’s environment centres offer a unique learning experience for school-aged children as part of our commitment to keeping Brisbane clean, green and sustainable. Students can learn about the marathon flights of migratory birds and the adaptations that allow them to travel all the way from the Artic to Australia every year.

Your class will experience an interactive presentation making use of traditional Japanese story telling methods, multi-media, guided walks and more. This lesson is best suited to Year Four to Year Six students. Book your place online.

The Narashino Affiliation Wetlands Agreement film

This film explores the agreement between Narashino and Brisbane's wetlands.

For more information on Brisbane's sister wetland in Japan, visit the Yatsu Higata Nature Observation Centre's website.

Last updated: 23 April 2019