Forests/biodiversity Preservation Initiatives
As one initiative that embodies protecting and preserving forests and biodiversity as stated in our corporate social responsibility and environmental policies, the Yamaha Group sponsors tree-planting activities both in Japan and around the world.
Yamaha Forest Phase II: Planting Trees in Indonesia
Yamaha Corporation and Six Local Indonesian Subsidiaries*1
Yamaha Corporation and six local Indonesian subsidiaries carried out Phase I of the Yamaha Forest (tree-planting activities in Indonesia) between fiscal years 2005 and 2009. Phase II of the Yamaha Forest is a five-year tree-planting program in Indonesia running from fiscal 2010 through fiscal 2014.
Indonesia is a treasure trove of diverse world species. In recent years, however, that bounty of biodiversity has been in rapid decline. Phase I of the Yamaha Forest project involved planting of approximately 110,000 saplings over approximately 127 hectares of public land in Sukabumi, West Java, in efforts to restore the functionality of the forest. These activities have also been effective in educating local Yamaha subsidiary employees, elementary, and middle-school students in environmental issues.
The selection of tree species (based on academic surveys) and planting schedules for Phase II are designed to renew the natural forest in harmony with local characteristics, as well as to help the ecosystem recover. The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry are working in cooperation with Yamaha to work in an area devastated by fire (approximately 50 hectares) in the Mt. Ciremai National Park, located in Kuningan, West Java.
In December 2011, we held an event at the activity site where 250 people gathered, including from Yamaha Corporation, local subsidiary employees, government officials, local residents and elementary school students. In addition to a ceremony that included greetings from different related persons and an activity report, participants took part in commemorative tree-planting. Children that participated were taught about the environment at the same time.
Yamaha planted approximately 12,000 trees representing 18 local species by the end of fiscal 2011 and plans to plant around 50,000 trees by the end of fiscal 2014.
- *1 Six local Indonesian subsidiaries:Yamaha Indonesia, Yamaha Music Manufacturing Indonesia, Yamaha Music Indonesia (Distributor), Yamaha Music Manufacturing Asia, Yamaha Musical Products Indonesia, Yamaha Electronics Manufacturing Indonesia
Enshunada Coastal Forest Recovery Support
As one part of our environmental preservation activities, Yamaha Corporation signed on as a “Shizuoka Forests of the Future Supporter” with Shizuoka Prefecture and Hamamatsu City in March 2007. Based on this agreement, Yamaha has agreed to support for the Enshunada coastal forest, which has been severely damaged by wood-boring ambrosia beetles.
In October 2011, some 160 Yamaha Group employees and family members as well as volunteers from the general public and other related persons participated in the fifth round of tree-planting activities. A total of 160 trees were planted of five different varieties, namely bayberry, round leaf holly, Japanese cheesewood, kakuremino and privet. Culture soil made from wood-based waste material was used to plant the trees. After the work, everyone got to hear a discourse on the envronment by a specialist and learned the importance of protecting forests such as coastal forests.
Over the past five years, a total of 760 trees have been planted representing 10 species of broad-leaf tree with almost 600 people participating in the project. Going forward, the Company will continue with activities to plant trees and manage forests with participation from employees and the general public and in cooperation with the local community.