what is GGT?
Science as the bridge for Sustainable Use
 “Global Guardian Trust(GGT) has been organized to educate public opinion on what science teaches us, with a penchant for no purpose other than that of broadening our understanding of the world in which we live,” Chairman Kunio Yonezawa explained at a GGT symposium on national and international wildlife management.
 For this reason, he said, GGT sees itself as a bridge, from achieving today the sustainable use of natural resources to providing for tomorrow the opportunities to benefit as we do now from these same resources. And, for GGT, public understanding through knowledge and science, rather than emotion and rhetoric are the components of this bridge to the future.
 Thirty-seven Japanese leaders and experts in natural resource management and other fields organized GGT in the spring of 1993. They share the world's commitment to sustainable development embodied in Agenda 21 and the 1992 Rio de Janeiro Charter on Environment and Development. At the first GGT general meeting in April 1993, they agreed that through its policies and projects GGT will --
 * promote the sustainable use of natural resources
 * use the best available scientific information
   as the basis for conserving and ensuring
   the rational use of natural resources
 Thus, GGT is seeking to ensure that resource uses are the thoughtful and responsible result of reliable data and study. This is not altruism. Ecosystems conservation is critically important to the survival of human beings.
 The June 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development served to focus the world's attention on this vital point. As a result of this growing awareness of and appreciation for the goal of sustainable development, both long-standing non-governmental organizations(NGOs) and many new ones are, world-wide, planning and acting to improve the conservation of natural resources. In both developed and developing countries, citizens and governments are -- as GGT is in Japan -- working together to achieve this.
 Ecosystem conservation has several aspects. Wise use of natural resources is one. Awareness of the too-rapidly increasing population and the impact this has on all natural resources in another -- a problem which manifests itself in virtually every resource use consideration. It is therefore essential that we cooperate to understand how best to balance users and resources.
 The principles which we must use to accomplish this -- principles which balance reasonable continuous use with stable long-term productivity in healthy environments -- apply to all living natural resources: fisheries, forests, wildlife, and domestic animals and crops. By implementing these principles, we and many others seek to improve people's living standards through natural resource management policies which reflect interactions among all species -- including man -- to achieve sustainable ecological balances.
GGT's specific activities include
 * increasing public awareness to promote conservation
   and the sustainable use of natural resources
 * cooperating with organizations in Japan and abroad
 * collecting and disseminating information on the status
   of natural resources
 * organizing and sponsoring international conferences,
  symposia and consultations
 * publishing newsletters and other documents
 GGT's members include both individuals and corporations from many sectors. GGT welcomes all those who are interested in furthering work for conservation and sustainable use of natural resources.