Participating in the Coastal Forest Restoration Project
Nikon supports the Coastal Forest Restoration Project. This 10-year project conducted by OISCA Japan and the Association for the Coastal Forest Restoration in Natori City aims to restore black pine trees to the coastal forests devastated by the tsunami.
The project creates jobs for regional development, and at the same time conducts restoration work. The work includes raising seedlings, planting trees and cultivating forests-to build a local infrastructure that protects habitation areas and farmlands from salt damage, sand storms and storm surge.
Nikon supports the project by donating money to the project in every year, providing photo equipment, assisting photo exhibitions of the project held throughout Japan and sending employees as volunteers to help out. In the year ending March 2016, Nikon employees participated in the volunteer activities held every third Saturday. Nikon also supported OISCA's activity-reporting panel exhibition held at a concourse in JR Sendai Station and other places in Japan.
About the Coastal Forest Restoration Project
Coastal forests function as disaster-prevention areas, while at the same time offering beautiful landscape. The local people have planted trees for forests in the region and have maintained them for generations. As a result, coastal forests have remained close to heart with the local people for as long as one can remember. Unfortunately, the same coastal forests were heavily damaged by the tsunami that hit the Tohoku region following the Great East Japan Earthquake. It is said that approximately 3,600 hectares* of coastal forests were damaged in the affected areas of the Tohoku region. Moreover, it is estimated that more than 6 million trees will need to be restored throughout the coastal forest region.
- *Data: Forestry Agency
This Coastal Forest Restoration Project is led by the Association for Coastal Forest Restoration in Natori City, which produces the seedlings. OISCA provides economic and physical support to the project, and also offers academic advice. This helps the project receive cooperation from various individuals, business enterprises and other organizations, as well as from the local people.
The project reached an agreement with national and local governments to promote tree planting, and was based on the Miyagi Prefectural Seedling-raising Farmer Cooperatives' reconstruction plan in areas where members of the cooperatives reside.
Supporting the Activity-Reporting Panel Exhibitions
Nikon supports OISCA's panel exhibitions by making photo panels. In the year ending March 2016, exhibitions were held six times. Exhibitions have been held in a total of 57 areas throughout Japan, highlighting the importance of coastal forest restoration.
The panel exhibition was held in JR Sendai Station every year and the third exhibition in JR Sendai Station was held in December 2015.
Nikon Group employees, who have continuously participated as volunteers for the project, worked as guides for the exhibition held in JR Sendai Station.
Participating in the Third Saturday Volunteer Activity
Nikon Group employees actively participate in this project, which is held every third Saturday. They work together with many volunteers from around the country.
The tree-planting ceremony is held in the coastal project area in May every year. In the year ending March 2016, Nikon local employees who always work volunteer activity for the project participated in the ceremony as members of local communities. About 10,000 trees were planted on 2 hectares in the ceremony.
On the other days throughout the year, volunteers stamped and packed the soil around the young trees to protect them from strong wind, covered the area with wood chips, cleared away the underbrush, and removed ivy and vine which could hamper the seedling growth. They also worked in inland seedling areas removing weeds and small stones.