Mar 31, 2021

To the supporters of our Mt. Fuji Project

Fallen maple tree from the strong typhoon.
Fallen maple tree from the strong typhoon.

We wish to extend our sincerest gratitude to GlobalGiving donors for your generous support.

Based on the survey result that we conducted last year, we found out that 25% of the growing trees that we have planted in our site are in great need of tender loving care. Strong typhoons that hit Japan, heavy snow falls in winter season, and deer infestation affect the growth or worse will result to their mortality. We felt the immediate need to re-raise the fallen trees, replace the rotting bamboo sticks, and reinstall the nets to guarantee the survival rate of our project site. Unfortunately, because of corona, we have no choice but to cancel all the scheduled volunteer related activities. As a consequence, we are lagging behind the schedule.

 From October to early November 2020, within our network (OISCA staff and OISCA members), we managed to recover a total of 1,100 fallen trees with the help of local foresters. It is impossible for us to implement activities from December to April 2021 because of snow, but our activities will resume in May 2021.

 Meanwhile, as part of our endeavor to promote the sustainable use of Mt. Fuji’s resources, we are supporting the launch of small and medium-size local businesses venturing into the utilization of forest resources. One of these companies venture into the extraction of aroma oil from shirabe trees. In February, we donated 1,000 pieces of 30ml shirabe aroma alcohol spray to health care centers and healthcare personnel’s fighting corona.

 On March 25, we organized a general meeting involving the 21 companies and organizations involved in our project to discuss the project`s current situation and future plans on how to cope up with the corona situation.

Trees damaged by strong typhoon.
Trees damaged by strong typhoon.
The actual site maintenance.
The actual site maintenance.
Assessment of our site condition.
Assessment of our site condition.
Donation of 1,000 pieces of shirabe alcohol spray
Donation of 1,000 pieces of shirabe alcohol spray
Certificate of Appreciation for donating alcohol.
Certificate of Appreciation for donating alcohol.
Actual site maintenance
Actual site maintenance
Feb 16, 2021

To the Supporters of our Project in Natori

Project site's aerial view
Project site's aerial view

It has been 10 years since the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011, and more than 10 years have passed since the project started on March 17, 2011. We are grateful that we have been able to proceed with the project with the generous support of many people from all over the world.

When the project started, the only thing that had been decided was just to regenerate the uprooted coastal forest along the coast of Natori. As for the location of the project, we had no idea who would play what role, and the outline of the project was not clear. First of all, we have to entrust the restoration of coastal forests to the central, Miyagi Prefecture, and Natori City Government, and we remember having many discussions to gain their trust. The government was initially skeptical on our capability to regenerate the 100-ha coastal forest, but their stance gradually changed as we started growing seedlings in our nursery and transplanting them in our project site.

As of January 31, 2020, 10 years later, through various funding platforms, we received donations of 811,597,999 yen or about 7.69 million dollars from all over the world, and we were able to plant 370,000 Japanese black pine trees in 72hectares. All the planting of Japanese black pine was completed this year, and from now on, we will be focusing on maintaining the planted trees.

For the 10 years from 2011 to 2020 (1st phase), we have called for donations as the first 10-year plan centered on activities to raise seedlings in our nursery and plant them in our project site. In the second and third 10-year plans from 2021 (2nd and 3rd phase), we will continue our activities centered on growing and maintaining our project site using the funds that we have raised.

It is said that tree planting is not the end of reforestation, but rather it is the start. We plan to continue the project until at least 2040 until the 370,000 black pine trees become a strong and resilient forest that will protect the lives of the Natori citizens from tsunami and storm surges.

We will take this opportunity to thank you for your generosity. Without your support, it would be difficult for us to implement all our target activities. We will no longer be accepting donations, but please be encouraged to check our website and read our blogs on the status of our project.

Thank you for your kindness and generosity.

Black pines planted 5 years ago
Black pines planted 5 years ago
Mobilized volunteer students at the project site
Mobilized volunteer students at the project site
Project stakeholders
Project stakeholders
Jan 28, 2021

To the Supporters of our Project in Fiji

On behalf of the local villagers of Nakorotubu District, Ra Province, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to GlobalGiving Donors for your generous support into our project.

In the middle of corona pandemic, Fiji is one of the countries with the lowest cases. However, most of the locals particularly those who rely on tourism are struggling to survive. Due to the almost zero entry of foreign tourist, businesses were temporarily/permanently shut down which resulted to the increased percentage of unemployment. To make ends meet, laid off workers had no choice but to return to their own villages to engage in farming.

 Meanwhile, other than problem with corona, the locals are also vulnerable from the damages brought by cyclone. The mangrove propagules in our nursery as well as the mangroves that were already planted were also affected by cyclone Yasa that hit Fiji on December 13. Based on the monitoring that we conducted to assess the impact of cyclone, 60% of the mangroves in our nursery were affected. The locals felt the need to grow new mangrove propagules in our nursery to replace the ones been damaged at our planting site. Few weeks after the cyclone, we worked with the local villagers to collect and plant propagules in pots in our nursery. After several months it will be scheduled to be replanted in our project site.

 
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