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Biodiversity:Social Responsibility Activities
-Forest Ecosystem Conservation Projects-

Project for the Conservation of the Afan Forest in Kurohime, Nagano

- Boost the recovery capabilities of forests by providing an appropriate amount of human support. Hope for a forest where humans and species can co-exist! -

  • ●Location:Japan (Nagano Prefecture)
  • ●Start date:November 2001
  • ●Activity:Treat degraded land and help it recover into natural forest where Glirulus japonicus and other diverse species can live.

The Afan Forest is a roughly 99,000 square-meter forest in Kurohime, Nagano Prefecture. Once degraded, forest ecosystems cannot recover easily–sometimes it requires hundreds of years if left to natural capacities only. It is therefore important for us to help the forests recover from their wounds.
With the project goal set as "Recovering and conserving the stable growth for prolonged periods of natural forests by supporting the natural processes of succession," the trust selected trees that needed priority for growth care, while providing an environment where the trees can best recover themselves through their natural capabilities.
The results of activities so far are obvious in the increasing number of wildlife species in the forest. With the image of the woodland 100 years from now in mind, the project repeats the "activities as planned" and "survey to inspect the results" so that human interaction can always result in the best way to enhance the woodland's self-recovery capabilities.

image:The symbol of the project: Glirulus japonicus
The symbol of the project: Glirulus japonicus

image:Initial stages of the Afan Forest
Initial stages of the Afan
Forest

image:The Afan  Forest revived through conservation activities
The Afan Forest revived
through conservation
activities

image:Shiro Kondo, Ricoh President and CEO (left) and C.W. Nicol,  chairman of the C.W. Nicol Afan Woodland Trust (right), at  the Afan forest
Shiro Kondo, Ricoh President
and CEO (at the time) (left) and C.W. Nicol,
chairman of the C.W. Nicol Afan Woodland Trust
(right), at the Afan forest

  • ●Partner
  • C.W.Nicol Afan Woodland Trust
image:C.W. Nicol Afan Woodland Trust

C.W. Nicol Afan Woodland Trust was established in 2002. In purpose of recovering and conserving the Afan Woodland in Kurohime, Nagano Prefecture to create a forest where humans and other animals and plants co-exists, the trust implements ecological research and various academic and conservation activities. Chairman: C. W. Nicol (author, naturist)

Project for the Conservation of Yanbaru Forest

- If you realize how irreplaceable the forest is, forests will be kept for future generations. Let’s conserve the forests, where the habitats of the unique species exist there. -

  • ●Location:Japan (Okinawa Prefecture)
  • ●Start date:November 2001
  • ●Activity:Maintain the Yanbaru forest, which is home to many endangered species, such as the Rallus okinawae.

The Yanbaru forest in northern Okinawa Island is a precious habitat for endemic species such as the protected species Rallus okinawae and Geoemyda japonica. The building of dams and the construction of roads through the forest has divided the mountain and negatively impacted the ecosystem.
This project is intended to inform local residents and tourists about the importance of forests, and to expand the network of people conserving the forest.We conduct nature observation outings and secure land for the Yanbaru Forest Trust to conserve the Yanbaru forest.
We also help raise the awareness of local residents and call on local government administrations to aim to have their local parks designated as national parks.

image:The symbol of the project: Rallus okinawae
The symbol of the project: Rallus okinawae

image:View of the Yanbaru forest
View of the Yanbaru
forest

image:Sign in Trust forest
Sign in Trust forest

image:Nature classes for children
Nature classes for children

  • ●Partner
  • Yanbaru Forest Trust
    Through its activities, the trust aims to secure land for wildlife in northern Okinawa Island, which is rich in biodiversity, and to contribute to the promotion of habitats and nature conservation.

Project for the Conservation of Taiga, the Northern Limit Habitat of Tigers

- If we conserve our forests, we have a future for generations. Let's aim for conservation through World Heritage Site registration! -

  • ●Location:Russia
  • ●Start date:May 2004
  • ●Activity:Conserve rich forests where many wild animal species, including the Amur tiger, live harmoniously with people.

Russia is home to roughly 20% of the world’s forest acreage. The Russian Far East is also a habitat for rare indigenous species such as the Amur leopard and the Amur tiger (the largest tiger in the world). However, the forest ecosystem is being destroyed by large-scale deforestation, which is reducing the number of animals living there and driving some species to near extinction.
This project was launched during an urgent need to immediately stop deforestation which is a destruction of the ecosystem. Another important goal for this project is to conserve the livelihoods and traditional culture of the people living in this forest. We aim to have this area designated a World Heritage Site with the cooperation of local residents, the Russian government, scientists, UNESCO and NGOs.

image:The symbol of the project: Amur tiger
The symbol of the project: Amur tiger

image:The Taiga forest along the Bikin River in the Russian Far East
The Taiga forest along
the Bikin River in the
Russian Far East

image:People of a local indigenous tribe
People of a local
indigenous tribe

image:Lines of trucks loaded with logs chopped down from the local forest
Lines of trucks loaded with logs
chopped down from the local
forest

  • ●Partner
  • FoE JAPAN
image:FoE JAPAN

FoE Japan (Friends of the Earth Japan) was established in 1980 as a member of Friends of the Earth International, an environmental NGO network established by citizens around the world despite differences in the members' nationalities, ethnicities, and religions.
Incorporated in 2001, FoE Japan engages in overseas environmental conservation activities such as forest conservation in Russia and combating desertification, as well as forestry support projects in Japan.
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Project for the Conservation of Biodiversity at the Tree Parallel Rivers, a World Heritage Site

- If we learn the value of forests, we could conserve a World Heritage Site. Let's expand understanding among people! -

  • ●Location:China (Yunnan Province)
  • ●Start date:August 2007
  • ●Activity:Promote sustainable forest management in a World Heritage Site where rare animals and plants, like the golden monkey, can live.

Three Parallel Rivers–a region where the Yangtze (Jinsha), Mekong (Lancang) and Salween (Nujiang) rivers run parallel to each other–is a Natural World Heritage Site where visitors can find rare animals and plants as well as breathtaking landscapes from mountains and rivers created by various environments from subtropical zones to glacier regions. But the biodiversity is being threatened by poaching, illegal lumbering, and overgrazing.
This project is implemented through activities that educate local residents and governments about the limits of the nature supporting their lives, and the significance of the sustainable use of forests. At the same time, this project implements activities to spread the know-how and technology necessary for efficiently conserving the forest.
By jointly test-growing high value-added products such as Ganoderma lucidum and matsutake mushrooms with local residents, we are aiming to create a structure where local residents can gain a stable income while co-existing with nature without relying on hunting or logging.

image:The symbol of the project: Golden monkey
The symbol of the project: Golden monkey

image:The three Parallel Rivers in Yunnan Province, China
The three Parallel Rivers
in Yunnan Province, China

image:Planting by local residents
Planting by local residents

image:People of a local indigenous tribe
People of a local indigenous tribe

  • ●Partner
  • AGA (Asia Green-Culture Association)
image:AGA (Asia Green-Culture Association)

Established on March 12, 1999 (China's “Tree–Planting Day”) after the flooding of the Yangtze River, this association has been working on forest conservation and environmental education activities. Roughly 1,000 people cooperate in the activities worldwide.

Project for the Restoration of Mangrove Forests in the Central Selangor Coast in Malaysia

- Restore mangrove forests--coastal zone ecosystems as habitats for diverse wildlife -

  • ●Location:Malaysia
  • ●Start date:July 2011
  • ●Activity:Restore mangrove forests that serve inherent, ecologically important functions including supporting wildlife, carbon absorption, and water retention.

Mangrove forests are one of Malaysia's major ecosystems that support an abundance of species. Recently, this natural environment has faced gradual depletion and degradation mainly due to illegitimate exploitation, including illegal tree cutting. To address this concern, this project was launched with emphasis placed on the involvement of local communities. The project organizes programs to raise public awareness of the region's major environmental issues and encourages local residents to take relevant actions, such as tree-planting and other activities, aiming to restore and conserve the precious natural asset of local mangrove forests.

image:The wetlands are a treasure trove of diverse ecosystems
The wetlands are a treasure trove of
diverse ecosystems

image:Mangrove saplings
Mangrove saplings

image:Smooth-coated otters, which inhabit the region
Smooth-coated otters,
which inhabit the region

image:Tree planting
Tree planting

  • ●Partner
  • BirdLife International Tokyo
image:BirdLife Asia

BirdLife International Tokyo is a secretariat in Asia of BirdLife International, an international environmental NGO headquartered in Cambridge in the United Kingdom. The Tokyo-based non-governmental organization works closely with its partner organizations in Asia to conserve birds and their habitats in the region as well as contribute to maintaining and improving the natural environment, thereby also promoting the health and wellbeing of people.
Click here for details.

NEW
Mangrove Restoration Project in Mexico

- Restoring mangrove forests and wetlands to preserve habitats for migratory birds, including endangered species, and sustain local livelihoods -

  • ●Location:South Pacific coastal areas in the states of Oaxaca and Chiapas, Mexico
  • ●Start date:July 2015
  • ●Activity:To recover and restore mangrove forests which help preserving a North American migration flyway

Mar Muerto Lagoon and La Encrucijada Biosphere Reserve are located in the Mexican states of Oaxaca and Chiapas. Retaining diverse wetland ecosystems stretching along the Pacific coast, these spots provide natural habitats for a wide variety of wildlife, particularly waterfowl, including ducks and geese. Also, situated as they are near the narrowest part of the land area connecting the North and South American continents, these marshy reserves serve as a key stopover point along a principal American migration flyway, offering habitats to many different species of migratory birds, including those on the endangered list. In recent years, these areas have been subject to a range of human activities, from the construction of canals and dikes to aquaculture and salt production. Such activities have involved mangrove deforestation, inducing aridification and ecological damage in an expanding hectarage across the natural wetlands. Aiming to remedy this situation, Ricoh launched a project in July 2015 in cooperation with local residents and NPOs to recover and restore damaged mangrove forests in pilot zones. This initiative has been designed to help improve the livelihoods of local communities through creating employment opportunities and increasing fishery productivity, as part of planned ecosystem conservation activities.

image:South Pacific coastal areas in the states of Oaxaca and Chiapas
South Pacific coastal areas in the states of
Oaxaca and Chiapas

image:Workshop for tree planting to local residents
Workshop for tree planting to local residents

image:Maintaining mangrove forest
Maintaining mangrove forest

image:Scenes of mangrove planting
Scenes of mangrove planting

  • ●Partner
  • BirdLife International Tokyo
image:BirdLife Asia

BirdLife International Tokyo is a secretariat in Asia of BirdLife International, an international environmental NGO headquartered in Cambridge in the United Kingdom. The Tokyo-based non-governmental organization works closely with its partner organizations in Asia to conserve birds and their habitats in the region as well as contribute to maintaining and improving the natural environment, thereby also promoting the health and wellbeing of people.
Click here for details.