Report on the Third 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 third 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 November 28 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 took place between fiscal 2005 and 2009, Yamaha Corporation and Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd. worked together with local subsidiaries of both companies to plant 115,110 saplings in approximately 127 hectares of land in Sukabumi Regency, which is located in western Java. For the second phase of the initiative, which began in fiscal 2010, Yamaha Corporation and six of its local subsidiaries are cooperating with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry, and the Faculty of Forestry at the National University of Kuningan to plant saplings in approximately 50 hectares of land in Mt. Ciremai National Park in Kuningan Regency, West Java, in an effort to restore biodiversity. With the aid of the National University of Kuningan's Faculty of Forestry, a vegetation survey was carried out in the first year of this phase, and from the second year onwards seedlings from a number of local plant species were selected based on this survey to be raised. When they are sufficiently mature these seedlings are planted in damaged areas within this national park. To date 10,250 seedlings have been planted in a 12.5 hectare area.
Approximately 210 people gathered for the November 28 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 vice-regent of Kuningan, the head of the national park administration office, JICA specialists, personnel from Kuningan University, local residents, and students from elementary schools in the area. The ceremony featured greetings and reports on activities from personnel involved, environmental education for children, and the presentation of a certificate of appreciation from Kuningan Regency to the Yamaha Group. To conclude the ceremony, each of the participants planted a sapling in commemoration of the event.
17 different varieties of trees—a total of 13,500 seedlings—will be planted on 12.5 hectares of land by the close of fiscal 2012, for a planned total of 23,750 seedlings planted over a 25 hectare area. When this phase concludes at the end of fiscal 2014, a total of 50,000 seedlings are planned to have been planted on 50 hectares of land.
Yamaha Corporation senior executive officer Tsutomu Sasaki offers a greeting at the ceremony
Mr. Momon Rachmana (right), vice-regent of Kuningan Regency, offers the certificate of appreciation to Teruhiko Tsurumi (left), president of PT. Yamaha Music Indonesia Distributor
Participants in the planting
Vice-regent of Kuningan Regency, Mr. Momon Rachmana plants a commemorative seedling
Yamaha Corporation senior executive officer Tsutomu Sasaki plants a commemorative seedling
Environmental education for elementary school students in attendance
Naoya Tetsumura, president of PT. Yamaha Music Manufacturing Asia, presents elementary school students with commemorative gifts
◆Monitoring of the first phase of Yamaha Forest (which took place from fiscal 2005 to 2009)
The Yamaha Group carried out monitoring of the first phase of Yamaha Forest (conducted in West Java's Sukabumi Regency), under which trees were planted. This monitoring showed that areas which had been devastated by illegal logging when the Yamaha Forest initiative started are now filled with an abundance of trees due to this planting, and confirmed that the forest is beginning to form well thanks to the understanding of local residents and appropriate management by regional administration. The saplings raised included Gmelina and Albizzia, fast-growing species whose progress was particularly remarkable. Many of these trees have achieved a height in excess of 15 m.
We at Yamaha hope that this area will experience further forest growth, and are now working diligently to plant more trees during the second phase of Yamaha Forest.
How trees planted in the first phase of Yamaha Forest look now