Jun 26, 2020

To the supporters of our project in Natori

Aerial view of our project site.
Aerial view of our project site.

On behalf of OISCA International, I wish to extend my gratitude to GlobalGiving donors for their generous support to our project. Our project helped catalyzed the revitalization of the devastated communities as it involves the tsunami survivors in seedling production, tree planting, and forestry maintenance. We are the only organization entrusted by the Japanese government with more than 100-ha to reforest. Other organizations are maintaining an average of 0.5-ha.

It has been 10 years since we started our project and through the funds that we have raised, we have provided jobs to more than 8,448 tsunami survivors and forest workers; mobilized 11,379 volunteers; and educated 38,212 people through our report sessions, symposiums, and photo exhibitions.

In our nursery, we are raising a total of 30,000 black-pine seedlings and by October 2020, we will maintain a total of 361,748 seedlings planted over an area of 103.04 hectares. Prior to transplanting, we grow our seedlings at our nursery for 2 years. Well-acclimated and long been exposed to relatively the same environment, our seedlings can easily adopt to the site`s elements. For 7 consecutive years, we have 99% survival rate and this we attribute to the excellent condition of seedlings, use of polymer, and tapping of professional forest workers for the tree planting and site maintenance. At first, we faced problem related with the site`s poor water drainage but it is being solved by making canals with the help of volunteers.

Meanwhile, the Japanese government and forest experts are recognizing our seedlings for their ability to withstand the harshest weather conditions. Our site is exposed to Yamase (northeasterly cold wind blowing from May to August), Zao Oroshi (western dry and cold wind blowing from December to April), and typhoon season from September through November. These natural occurrences affect the survival of black-pines as they grow mainly in spring with an average of 50 cm.

Our efforts and commitment to have excellent results are now gradually paying off. The 5-km-long and almost 0.3-km-wide planting site (tallest black-pine is now 5 meters high) now serves as natural barrier from wind-blown sand, salt sprays, and strong winds within 1-km distance. This include the rebuilt 350 agricultural greenhouses and the infrastructures at Sendai Airport.

In line with the global fight against climate change, the growing black-pines now contribute to offsetting carbon dioxide emissions and sequestering about 213.84 tons of carbon dioxide/year. According to the experts, 1 person emits 0.320 tons of carbon dioxide/year and 1 car emits 2.3tons/year. With this, our site can now absorb carbon dioxide emissions of 668 person and/or emissions of 93 cars. After 15 years, based on our calculations, our site can possibly absorb more than 900 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

Moreover, as the vegetation cover increases, our project is helping in the restoration of biodiversity. According to the survey result of Miyagi Forest Management, a number of known to be endangered species of plants were observed and different species of animals such as snakes, foxes, raccoons, rats, eagles (6 species), hawks, and dragonflies are now commonly observed in our site.

Our project is now gaining support and recognition within and outside Japan. It is one of the recipients of the “First Infrastructure Maintenance Grand Award” from the Japanese government.

Canal making helped improved site`s water drainage
Canal making helped improved site`s water drainage
Constant weeding crucial to seedlings` survival
Constant weeding crucial to seedlings` survival
Growing of black pines at OISCA nursery.
Growing of black pines at OISCA nursery.
Project promotion to increase number of volunteers
Project promotion to increase number of volunteers
Jun 2, 2020

To the Supporters of our Community Project in Ra

Newly planted taro.
Newly planted taro.

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 to our project.

The corona virus pandemic prevented us from implementing activities in Ra for almost two months due to the movement restriction imposed by the government. We were supposed to implement a training workshop on organic farming involving the villagers but we had to postpone it to comply with the government`s order. We are in constant communication with the villagers though through our local staff based at the site but sometimes it is difficult to reach out because of the weak signal/connection.

Still suffering from the impact of corona, the villagers were not spared from the wrath of cyclone Harold that hit Fiji on April 6. The villagers particularly those who engage in the tourism industry and now unemployed are seeking help from us for the production of vegetables. Living in an island, it is difficult for them to source essential items such as food and medicine. Due to the limited supply of their staple food such as cassava and taro, prices are now very high. Our local staff are providing technical assistance among the villagers on the effective and efficient way of growing crops.

Now, the lockdown is gradually being lifted and within this month, we are planning to assist the villagers in their food production. We are planning to replant mangroves to replace the ones damaged by cyclone as well.

Newly planted cassava cuttings.
Newly planted cassava cuttings.
Villagers land preparing for taro.
Villagers land preparing for taro.
Planted mangroves affected by cyclone Harold.
Planted mangroves affected by cyclone Harold.
Mar 5, 2020

To the supporters of our project in Natori

growing black pine seedlings
growing black pine seedlings

Nine years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011. The Coastal Forest Restoration Project in Natori which started on March 17 of the same year marks the 10th year and the final year of the first 10-year project. So far, the project has been going on better than expected without mass withering of black pines and fallen trees by typhoons and strong wind. We would like to express our deep thanks to those who have supported our project. This year, as the preparatory year for the second 10-year project, we will make an effort to cooperate with the government, accept volunteers for field works and put more of a force to promotional activities

Osaka Marathon, started in 2011, is a leading citizen participation type marathon in Japan, of the scale second only to Tokyo Marathon. It is a charity event that aims to raise funds among the runners and roadside cheering people. For 7 consecutive years, including the 2020 Osaka Marathon, OISCA (Coastal Forest Restoration Project) is selected as one of the charity recipient organizations. The registration fee of 70,000 Japanese yen or 700 US dollars paid by an individual charity runner is donated to his/her selected charity recipient organizations such as OISCA.

We are fortunate and appreciative of the foreign runners from Australia, the Philippines, and Taiwan supported our endeavor. The entry for charity runners this year will start on April 23. We are waiting for your entry as charity runners! For further details, please have a look at the official home page of Osaka Marathon.

http://www.osaka-marathon.com/index_en.html

Project site`s latest aerial photo
Project site`s latest aerial photo
OISCA charity runners
OISCA charity runners
charity runners from the Philippines
charity runners from the Philippines
 
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