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Japanese royal opens bird offices
Birdlife International
Princess Takamado: "Imperative that we act with intelligent integrity"
A Japanese princess is to open the new offices of a bird charity in Cambridge.

Her Imperial Highness Princess Hisako Takamado has worked with BirdLife staff in Tokyo and Cambridge to raise awareness in saving bird species.

Princess Takamado became BirdLife International's Honorary President in 2004 and will open the new offices of the conservation charity on Friday.

Birdlife is a global network of conservation groups in 100 countries and is supported by about 10m people.

As well as her links with BirdLife, Princess Takamado has other connections with Cambridge.

She studied at Girton College, Cambridge, gaining an M.A. Hons in Chinese Studies, Archaeology and Anthropology.

In her own country the princess has campaigned to save threatened species.

"Asia is blessed with a uniquely varied and abundant number of bird species, treasures we are in danger of losing," she said.

"Now, as environmental issues grow into global concerns, it is imperative that we act with intelligent integrity."

Birdlife said: "Commercial logging, clear-felling for paper production and plantation establishment are the biggest threats to Asia's birds."

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