Local Host
On behalf of the people of this ancient Ryukyu Kingdom, “Haisai, Mensore!” or Hello & Welcome.
Thank you for registering for this esteemed academic event in Okinawa 2023. From memory this will be the 10th time HEF has chosen Okinawa to host this wonderful conference. July is a fantastic time of year here so please make sure you have a few extra days to take in all the sights, sounds & tastes that this tropical archipelago offers.I am very much looking forward to meeting you all and learning about technologies & initiatives that help the Environment & contribute to Sustainability.
Carl Bastian
Carl Bastian
Carl is the founder of Eco Japan, which supplies Hotels & Resorts with environmentally friendly amenities while encouraging the elimination of single use plastics and providing clients with GREEN solution consulting. On a volunteer level Carl leads the NPO CHURAMURA – an Ocean Conservation Agency focusing on Sea Turtle habitats and beach cleaning operations.
Carl is Managing Director of non-profit Okinawa Coastal Protection Alliance(OCPA) which coordinates prefecture wide efforts in marine conservation focusing on saving the Endangered Sea Turtles through a volunteer organization called CHURAMURA.
Carl has been an active member of AmCham Okinawa since 2010, Governor and Chairman of two committees, Tourism & Hospitality Committee and also the Sustainability Committee.
Memberships:Australian & New Zealand Chamber of Commerce Japan (ANZCCJ), Yomitan Chamber of Commerce, Yomitan Tourism Association, GreenGlobe, Japan Sea Turtle Association
Come to join us with OKILIFE
The pursuit of sustainable development and a desire for a green lifestyle have been the focus of governments around the world in the past decade. However, maintaining this greenery and vitality requires the assistance of more people. In the summer of 2023, we will hold a sustainable development seminar in the white sandy beaches of Okinawa. The conference will discuss various aspects of nature and culture. We have invited Carl Bastian, the founder of a sea turtle rescue organization, to serve as our local host and lead us to reflect on our planet through the rescue of endangered species. We welcome those who love the ocean and life to participate in this unique exchange event.

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April 01 / 2024 Extended!
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March 18
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April 15
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April 30
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July 4-6
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