In commemoration of the International Year of Forests 2011, Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) has partnered with NGO OISCA to begin a Tropical Forest Regeneration Project in Mt. Gede Pangrango National Park on the island of Java, Indonesia. This project builds upon the successful results of our other Tropical Forest Regeneration Experimental Projects in Malaysia, Brazil and Kenya.
In this region of Indonesia, economically disadvantaged farmers have sought to cultivate the land by clearing large expanses of forests. Now there is concern that the loss of the water-retaining capability of the forests will result in water shortages for both residential and agricultural use in the communities downstream. The goals of this project include maintaining the source of the rivers, preventing certain natural disasters and preserving biodiversity. Planting will be conducted on 10 ha. of national park land (of which 1 ha. will be planted using the Miyawaki Method) and on 40 ha. of provincial land. Besides planting trees, this project will include agricultural training for farmers and environmental education activities for children.
Report on the Tree Planting Ceremony in Indonesia
The first Tree Planting in Indonesia was held on January 11 at Mt. Gede Pangrango National Park. Volunteers from Japan were joined by employees from our Jakarta office, national park and local government staff, as well as students and other residents from the local community, for a grand total of roughly 1,400 participants. Utilizing the Miyawaki Method, which involves dense, mixed planting of species native to the local area, approximately 20,000 seedlings comprised of 32 different varieties were planted on the 1 hectare site.