Report on the Fourth 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 fourth 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 11 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 the first stage of this initiative which took place from December 2005 to March 2010, 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 regency land in Sukabumi Regency, a region in West 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 land in Gunung Ciremai National Park in Kuningan Regency, West Java, in an effort to restore biodiversity. Based on vegetation surveys leading up to March 2011, seedlings from a number of different local plant species were selected for cultivation and raised in open areas within the park. To date, 23,750 seedlings have been planted over 25 hectares.
Approximately 230 people gathered on site for the December 11 planting and ceremony. Attendees included Yamaha Corporation's senior executive officer Masahito Hosoi, Yamaha Music Indonesia Distributor’s president Teruhiko Tsurumi, employees of Yamaha Corporation and affiliated local subsidiaries, the deputy 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 the region to the Yamaha Corporation Group. At the conclusion of the ceremony, each of the participants planted a sapling in commemoration of the event.
By March 2014, 14,000 saplings of 16 different varieties of trees are scheduled to be planted over 12.5 hectares, for a total of 37,750 saplings over a 37.5 hectare area.
Participants in the planting
Yamaha Corporation senior executive officer Masahito Hosoi offers a greeting at the ceremony
Deputy regent of Kuningan Regency Acep Purnama (left) and Yamaha Corporation senior executive officer Masahito Hosoi (right) shake hands
The head of Gunung Ciremai National Park , Mr. Dulhadi (left), presents Yamaha Music Indonesia Distributor's president Teruhiko Tsurumi with a certificate of appreciation
P.T. Yamaha Indonesia president Yoshihiro Shiiya presents mementos to elementary school students
Deputy regent of Kuningan Regency Acep Purnama plants a commemorative tree
Yamaha Corporation senior executive officer Masahito Hosoi plants a commemorative tree
A commemorative photo of participants