Report on our Fifth Planting as a Shizuoka Forests of the Future Supporter

- A collaborative project with Hamamatsu City and Shizuoka Prefecture to help restore the coastal forests of Enshunada -

 Aiming to assist with the restoration of the Enshunada coastal forests as part of our environmental protection efforts, Yamaha Corporation entered into an agreement with Hamamatsu City and Shizuoka Prefecture to become a Shizuoka Forests of the Future Supporter in March 2007, and the company is currently working to curb the serious threat posed by pine weevil damage to coastal forests.
 This is a report on the fifth planting of saplings by employees of Yamaha Corporation and its group companies.
 Approximately 160 people gathered on the day of the event, including employees and their families, individuals recruited from the general public, and related authorities. At the opening ceremony Yamaha Corporation General Administration Division deputy manager Katsuya Nakamura greeted the participants on behalf of the company, followed by a few words from Toshiyuki Tamaki, director general for Flowers and Greenery at Hamamatsu City’s Urban Development Department. At the ceremony Yamaha Corporation received a certificate of appreciation from Hamamatsu City for our service to greenification of the area and our five-year effort to aid in the restoration of coastal forests. Mr. Otsuka of the Shizuoka Prefecture Office of Forest Resources' Division of Environmental Protection—the head office for the Shizuoka Forests of the Future Supporter System—also presented us with a certificate in recognition of our work in FY 2010.
 This year, we moved to an area further west from last year’s site and planted trees indigenous to the region. Totaling 160 trees in all, the five species planted included wax myrtle, kurogane holly, and Japanese cheesewood.
 Participants were treated to a post-planting environmental lecture by Mr. Yoshio Takayama, executive director of the Hamamatsu Parks & Greens Association. Mr. Takayama shared with us his experiences in coastal reforestation and a variety of other greenification initiatives, and discussed the benefits of plants and trees for people, reminding everyone in attendance of the importance of vegetation.
 In a continuation of its efforts from the previous two years, Yamaha Livingtec Corporation provided compost and mulch produced as a byproduct during manufacture of its system kitchens, and this contribution proved invaluable to our tree-planting efforts. They also offered compost to attendees as a “souvenir” for each family to use.
 This fiscal year marked a turning point for this project as a five year plan. Over the past five years, approximately 600 people have participated in this activity, planting 760 trees of 10 broadleaf varieties. Yamaha Corporation will continue efforts to cooperate with local communities, with Yamaha employees working together with members of the public to plant trees and carry out maintenance.

Outline

Date

Saturday October 29, 2011

Location

Hamamatsu City Enshunada Kaihin Park Seaside Protection Forest
(Shirowa-cho, Minami-ku, Hamamatsu City)

Participants

Approximately 160 employees of Yamaha Corporation and Yamaha Group Companies (including family members), members of the general public, and personnel from Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture and gardening companies.

Activities

Planning 160 broadleaf saplings 0.5-1.0 m in height (Five tree species were planted: Wax myrtle, Kurogane holly, Japanese cheesewood, Dendropanax trifidus, and Ligustrum obtusifolium)

*The Shizuoka Forests of the Future Supporter System
The Shizuoka Forests of the Future Supporter System was instituted by Shizuoka Prefecture and aims to encourage business participation in forest-preservation activities.
Under this system, businesses obtain the right to display an authorized label (the Smile label) in recognition of their efforts. The amount of carbon dioxide that will be absorbed by their contribution will be calculated, and they will receive a certificate of acknowledgement from the prefecture.

Mr. Nakamura (Manager, CSR section; Deputy manager, General Administration Division, Yamaha Corporation)
Mr. Nakamura
(Manager, CSR section; Deputy manager, General Administration Division, Yamaha Corporation)

Mr. Tamaki (Director general for Flowers & Greenery, Hamamatsu City Urban Development Department)
Mr. Tamaki
(Director general for Flowers & Greenery, Hamamatsu City Urban Development Department)

Mr. Otsuka of the Shizuoka Prefecture Office of Forest Resources' Division of Environmental Protection awards Yamaha the certificate of recognition for 2010.
Mr. Otsuka of the Shizuoka Prefecture Office of Forest Resources' Division of Environmental Protection awards Yamaha the certificate of recognition for 2010.

The certificate of appreciation received from Hamamatsu City)
The certificate of appreciation received from Hamamatsu City

The Future Forests of Shizuoka Supporter certificate of recognition for 2010
The Future Forests of Shizuoka Supporter certificate of recognition for 2010

Planting the saplings
Planting the saplings

The planted saplings
The planted saplings

The environmental lecture (Mr. Takayama, executive director of Hamamatsu Park & Greens Association)
The environmental lecture
(Mr. Takayama, executive director of Hamamatsu Park & Greens Association)

Group photo of the participants
Group photo of the participants

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