Okinawa Environmental Research Support Section

Group photo of all members

Okinawa Environmental Research Support Section Group Photo


The Okinawa Environmental Research Support Section (OERSS) has launched since April 2019. 
This new section includes the network with the Okinawa society, environmental observation networks, and experienced teams supporting those functions, which developed through the OKEON Churamori Project ( We are supporting the terrestrial field surveys and its system conducted in Okinawa. We also aim to contribute to the sustainable development of Okinawa through environmental research and education.


  • Provision of support for terrestrial fieldwork in Okinawa
  • Maintenance and management of common equipment for terrestrial fieldwork
  • Develop, manage, and facilitate the use of the Okinawa Environmental Observation Network (OKEON)
  • Maintenance and management of equipment for OKEON
  • Execute and manage long-term data collection and sample storage for OKEON
  • Contribution to the sustainable development of Okinawan communities utilizing OKEON data, human resources, and collaborative network


Current service for OIST researchers

  • Information and network provision and paperwork support for permissions required for terrestrial field sampling in Okinawa Prefecture
  • Coordination with the local community to conduct field survey in Okinawa Prefecture
  • Providing information about the OKEON Churamori project study area
  • Providing supports for field survey in the OKEON Churamori Project study areas
  • Return, promotion and its coordination of the academic outputs related to the OKEON Churamori Project to Okinawa society

Latest Posts

  • OIST Science Festival 2019 (2019/11/16)

    We received 5,200 visitors, and many people enjoyed our two kinds of talk and the booth many insects were displayed.

  • Visit to NZ (2019/11/3-9)

    New Zealand, a developed country of biosecurity, is the only country that has been successfully eradicated in spite of three RIFA discovery cases. We would like to explore that know-how. The report will be shared by the Nature Conservation Division, Environment Department, Okinawa Prefecture, so please look forward to it!

  • Yoshi’s lecture at the Town and Village Council Members & Officers Workshop in Okinawa Prefecture (Nov/11/2019)

    Yoshi delivered a lecture on Okinawan biodiversity and fire ant countermeasures to around 410 attendees at the Okinawa Prefectural Council Members & Officers Workshop. At the social gathering following the workshop, Yoshi received many questions from the attendees. We would be happy if our activities through the “OKEON Churamori Project” are useful for future environmental policies in Okinawa.