Lake Izunuma-Uchinuma is a 4km2 low-lying wetland in circumference located in the Senpoku Plain in Miyagi Pref. This region is located in Japan's northernmost temperate zone, which has minimal snowfall and is not prone to freezing. Thus it has excellent conditions for most wintering waterfowl.
As Lake Izunuma-Uchinuma is very shallow, there are various aquatic plants on the surfaces, making the area an environment with abundant vegetation. Furthermore, it supports a variety of creatures such as dragonflies, fish, and waterfowl. In order to pass on the beautiful natural environment of the Lake Izunuma-Uchinuma area to future generations, various protection and conservation projects have been continually carried out. In 1985 by the Ramsar Convention, it was designated as an internationally important wetland for waterfowl habitat. The Miyagi Prefectural Izunuma-Uchinuma Environmental Foundation was established in 1988 with the aim of promoting conservation and wise use of Lake Izunuma-Uchinuma's environment through projects that contribute to regional promotion and social welfare.
In particular, the foundation has carried out various projects, for example, water purification, wetland restoration, and playing an important role in conserving the Lake Izunuma-Uchinuma environment. In 1996, the sound of Greater White-fronted Geese in Lake Izunuma-Uchinuma was selected as one of Japan's top 100 melodic landscapes. Also, with the cooperation of regional citizens, nature-watching expeditions, photo and art exhibits are continuously being carried out.
Lake Izunuma-Uchinuma, with many people living in its surrounding area, is an valuable wetland to demonstrate the coexistence of nature and people.