Forests/biodiversity Preservation Initiatives
As one initiative that embodies protecting and preserving forests and biodiversity as stated in our corporate social responsibility and environmental policies, the Yamaha Group sponsors tree-planting activities both in Japan and around the world.
Yamaha Forest Phase II: Planting Trees in Indonesia
Yamaha Corporation and Six Local Indonesian Subsidiaries*1
Yamaha Corporation and six local Indonesian subsidiaries carried out Phase I of the Yamaha Forest (tree-planting activities in Indonesia) between fiscal years 2005 and 2009. Phase II of the Yamaha Forest is a five-year tree-planting program in Indonesia running from fiscal 2010 through fiscal 2014.
Indonesia is a treasure trove of diverse world species. In recent years, however, that bounty of biodiversity has been in rapid decline. Phase I of the Yamaha Forest project involved planting of approximately 110,000 saplings over approximately 127 hectares of public land in Sukabumi, West Java, in efforts to restore the functionality of the forest. These activities have also been effective in educating local Yamaha subsidiary employees, elementary, and middle-school students in environmental issues.
The selection of tree species (based on academic surveys) and planting schedules for Phase II are designed to renew the natural forest in harmony with local characteristics, as well as to help the ecosystem recover. The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry are working in cooperation with Yamaha to work in an area devastated by fire (approximately 50 hectares) in the Mt. Ciremai National Park, located in Kuningan, West Java.
In November 2012, we held an event at the activity site where around 210 people gathered, including from Yamaha Corporation, local subsidiary employees, government officials, local residents and elementary school students. In addition to a ceremony that included greetings from different related persons and an activity report, participants took part in commemorative tree-planting. Children that participated were taught about the environment at the same time.
Yamaha planted approximately 24,000 trees representing 18 local species selected based on a survey by the end of fiscal 2012 and plans to plant around 50,000 trees by the end of fiscal 2014.
Yamaha Forest activities enter their ninth year in fiscal 2013 since the first event and a forest is gradually starting to form in the area where the trees were initially planted.
Participants planting trees
Environmental education for elementary school students
The Yamaha Forest that was planted in the first year
- *1 Six local Indonesian subsidiaries: Yamaha Indonesia, Yamaha Music Manufacturing Indonesia, Yamaha Music Indonesia (Distributor), Yamaha Music Manufacturing Asia, Yamaha Musical Products Indonesia, Yamaha Electronics Manufacturing Indonesia
Enshunada Coastal Forest Recovery Support
As one part of our environmental preservation activities, Yamaha Corporation signed on as a “Shizuoka Forests of the Future Supporter” with Shizuoka Prefecture and Hamamatsu City in March 2007. Based on this agreement, Yamaha has agreed to support for the Enshunada coastal forest, which has been severely damaged by wood-boring ambrosia beetles.
In October 2012, some 150 Yamaha Group employees and family members as well as volunteers from the general public and other related persons participated in the sixth round of tree-planting activities. A total of 200 trees were planted of five different varieties, including bayberry, round leaf holly and Japanese cheesewood. After the tree-planting was complete, an official Hamamatsu City staff member gave a discourse on the environment, mainly concerning how to combat exotic species of trees, and all participants learned about creating a local, green environment. The culture soil made using wood-based waste material generated from the system kitchen process at Yamaha Livingtec Corporation was again provided by that company for the third time since 2009 and used to plant the seedlings. The culture soil was also distributed as a commemorative gift to participants for them to use at home. Going forward, the Company will continue with activities to plant trees and manage forests with participation from employees and the general public and in cooperation with the local community.
Lecture about the environment
Participants gather for a group photo