Report on the Second Planting in Phase 2 of the "Yamaha Forest" Reforestation Initiative in Indonesia
The "Yamaha Forest" reforestation initiative undertaken by Yamaha Corporation and six Indonesia-based companies from the Yamaha Group has now entered the second year of its second phase, which will last from fiscal 2010 to 2014. As part of the initiative, a tree-planting event was held this past December 6 in Kuningan Regency, West Java, Indonesia.
Yamaha Corporation possesses manufacturing and sales facilities in Indonesia, and sees "Yamaha Forest" as a scheme to contribute to society by providing environmental education and protection through the planting of trees. In activities for the first phase of this initiative, which began in December 2005, Yamaha Corporation and Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd. worked together with local subsidiaries of both companies to plant 115,110 saplings over approximately 127 hectares of land in Sukabumi Regency, a region in western Java. For the second phase of the initiative, which began in December 2010, Yamaha Corporation and six of its local subsidiaries cooperated with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry, and the National University of Kuningan to plant saplings in approximately 50 hectares of fire-damaged forest in Mt. Ciremai National Park in Kuningan Regency, West Java, in an effort to restore biodiversity. Over this past year efforts have primarily focused on conducting vegetation surveys and raising the seedlings of a number of local plant species selected based on the results of these surveys.
Approximately 250 people gathered on site for the December 6 planting, at which a ceremony was held. Attendees included Yamaha Corporation’s senior executive officer Tsutomu Sasaki, Yamaha Music Indonesia Distributor’s president Teruhiko Tsurumi, employees of Yamaha Corporation and local subsidiaries, the regent of Kuningan, the head of the national park administration office, JICA specialists, personnel from Kuningan University, local residents, and students from elementary, middle, and high schools in the area. The ceremony featured greetings and reports on activities from personnel involved, environmental education for children, and the handing over of an observation hut. At the conclusion of the ceremony, each of the participants planted a sapling in commemoration of the event. Some of the employees of Yamaha’s subsidiary Yamaha Music Manufacturing Indonesia offered their impressions of the day’s activities, with one stating that although they only planted a single tree, they were proud that they could do something positive for the future. Another commented on how impressed they were by the fact that people cared about protecting Indonesia's environment, even though they themselves were not from Indonesia.
14,000 saplings of 18 different varieties of trees are to be planted over 12.5 hectares of land, with planting scheduled to be completed in March 2012.
Yamaha Corporation senior executive officer Tsutomu Sasaki (center) presents H. Iskandar, chancellor of Kuningan University, with a seedling (at left is Hideki Miyakawa, JICA chief adviser)
Kenichi Masukata, president of Yamaha Music Manufacturing Indonesia, presents H. Aan Hamid Suganda, regent of Kuningan, with a commemorative gift
Participants in the planting
Yamaha senior executive officer Tsutomu Sasaki plants a sapling
Environmental education for elementary school students in attendance
Reporting on activities at the nursery
Teruhiko Tsurumi, president of Yamaha Music Indonesia Distributor (right),
and the head of Mt. Ciremai National Park (center),
at the handing over of the observation hut
(the observation hut built to aid in the prevention of forest fires is shown at center)