“Yamaha Forest” – Report on the 5th Year of the Joint Reforestation Initiative in Indonesia

Yamaha Forest

The collaborative tree-planting initiative “Yamaha Forest” jointly undertaken by Yamaha Corporation and Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. is now in its fifth year. Both companies have manufacturing and sales in Indonesia, and see “Yamaha Forest“ as a five-year plan to contribute to society by providing environmental education and protection through the planting of trees. The project is supported by the OISCA foundation, a Japanese NGO with a track record in environmental conservation, and in promotion and developmental support of agriculture in Asia and the Pacific region.

Yamaha Corporation and Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. have conducted tree-planting activities in the regency of Sakubumi in western Java, aiming to restore land that has suffered from deforestation back to a near-natural state. In total approximately 86,000 trees have been planted on 94 hectares over the past four years, and a further 26,000 seedlings will be planted on 26 hectares of land before March 2010, representing this fiscal year’s contribution. Including those planted in 2010, a total of 112,000 seedlings will have been planted on total 120 hectares over a five-year span, bringing to a close the five-year “Yamaha Forest“ scheme.

On December 5, 2009, this year’s forestation event was held in Sukabumi’s regency’s Pelabuhan Ratu. 1,926 people, including Yoshiaki Hashimoto (Operating Office, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd), Katsuya Nakamura (Deputy manager, General Affairs Division, Yamaha Corporation), Kiyomi Osumi (Head of CSR, Yamaha Corporation), employees of Indonesian subsidiaries of both companies, joined with local residents and representatives from regional administration to plant approximately 3,000 seedlings. At a ceremony held after the planting, those in attendance sang the Indonesian national anthem, which was followed by greetings from Yamaha personnel, and from members of the Sukabumi regional administration. Gifts of school supplies were presented to local children, and Yamaha personnel also received items from schools and the local region commemorating their support to date.

Attendees of the seedling planting event
Attendees of the seedling planting event

Planting the seedlings
Planting the seedlings

Planting the seedlings
Planting the seedlings

Planting a commemorative tree
Planting a commemorative tree
(Katsuya Nakamura, deputy manager, General Administration Division, Yamaha Corporation)

Presentation of school supplies
Presentation of school supplies
(Yoshiaki Hashimoto, Operating Office, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.)

Receiving commemorative items from schools this initiative has aided
Receiving commemorative items from schools this initiative has aided
Shunichi Yamada, Indonesian representative for Yamaha Corporation)

In conjunction with this five-year afforestation effort, we have worked to offer environmental education, educational support, and regional aid in support of continued forest preservation activities in the future. Our efforts this year have included the construction of public water installations at three locations, the provision of desks, chairs, and sports equipment, raising seedlings with farming groups and schools, and an eco-camp in association with World Environment Day.

Trees planted in 2005
Trees planted in 2005

The third public water installation
The third public water installation

Seed beds managed by local agricultural groups
Seed beds managed by local agricultural groups

A beach clean-up at the Eco camp
A beach clean-up at the Eco camp

Both companies will continue their activities until the end of the current fiscal year, when the five-year “Yamaha Forest” scheme will reach completion. Furthermore, afforestation initiatives in Japan also continue, in an effort to contribute to society in the future through forest preservation activities.

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