Aug 2, 2019

To the supporters of our project in Fiji

Survey of the growth of mangrove seedlings.
Survey of the growth of mangrove seedlings.

On behalf of the local residents of Nakarotubu District on the coast of Ra Province, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to GlobalGiving Donors for your generous support to our project.

From June 25-28, together with our village coordinator, we conducted a survey to monitor the current situation of our mangrove reforestation project in Nakorotubu District. We also interviewed the elderly and the village leader to determine the factors that might affect the survival of the planted mangroves. In terms of growth, the result is quite remarkable as there is about 80% survival rate of the planted seedlings. We attribute this result from the active involvement of the locals. Their ownership towards the project guarantees long-term project sustainability.

In line with the national initiative of the Fijian government, we are contributing in their campaign of planting 4 million trees in 4 years to fight against climate change and build resilient communities. We intend to widen our scope to draw attention to the public on the positive effect of planting mangroves.

Mangrove planting with the locals.
Mangrove planting with the locals.
Jul 17, 2019

To the supporters of our project in Tohoku, Japan

Aerial view of our reforestation project
Aerial view of our reforestation project

It has been eight years since we started our project and we are now on the process of transitioning to another level. During the project`s peak period, rows of 8,900 pots containing 200,000 seedlings were a common sighting at the nursery. In the summer season, it takes four hours for two members of the Association for the Restoration of Coastal Forest in Natori to water the seedlings.

Since 2014, we planted a total of 350,000 black-pine seedlings in an area of 67 hectares. At the nursery, we are raising seedlings to plant in 6-hectare area in 2020. Despite the poor soil condition, the black-pines have grown noticeable fast that the highest reached up to 4-meter high. The growth speed is faster than initially predicted and to have a healthy coastal forest, full-fledged thinning is necessary in a few years.

Meanwhile, the wooden windbreak fences that protected the black-pines from cold and dry wind are now gradually degrading. In preparation for the smooth thinning process in the future, we intend to remove these fences.

The increase of vegetation in our project site contributed to the gradual restoration of the area`s biodiversity as manifested by the presence of racoons, weasels, raptors, dragonflies, and reappearance of known to be extinct species of plants.

In March 2019, Miyagi Prefectural Government established a Disaster Prevention Forest Review Committee involving the local government with coastal forests. The committee aims to study future management system of the coastal forests in terms of preventing and mitigating disasters.

While the field is steadily changing, the outpour of support from private corporations, organizations, and private individuals is still consistent. The letter with a message “I am very glad to see that green is steadily regenerated by the people with good intentions in a wide and harsh environment” that we received from one of our supporters is heartwarming.

We are heartily grateful to the supporters of our project.

Our project supports the return of wildlife.
Our project supports the return of wildlife.
Growing black-pines and the degrading wooden fence
Growing black-pines and the degrading wooden fence
Volunteers maintaining our nursery.
Volunteers maintaining our nursery.
Jun 24, 2019

To all the supporters of our project in Nishihara Village, Kumamoto

Mobilized volunteers while planting sweet potatoes
Mobilized volunteers while planting sweet potatoes

On behalf of the local residents of Nishihara Village, I wish to extend my deepest gratitude to the GlobalGiving donors.

After the 2016 earthquake, the population of the village dropped by half wherein most of them live in temporary housing. One of the consequences of village`s population decline is the difficulty of maintaining the public and communal lands. We helped solved this problem by mobilizing volunteers to help in mowing these lands, as well as helping the local villagers in their agricultural farms.

From April to June, the mobilized volunteers helped in planting of sweet potatoes and grass cutting of the village`s common and public lands. These months happened to be the busiest period for the local rice farmers. They were appreciative of the presence of the volunteers as they can focus in tending their rice farms.

Compared with last year, the number of requests from the locals has declined. As they are gradually working towards self-reliance, the locals knew that they cannot depend from the volunteers forever. As for the volunteers, they are aware of how they motivate the locals to start living again and it is fulfilling.

Grass cutting with the local villagers.
Grass cutting with the local villagers.
 
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