The Oji Group engages in activities for protecting and nurturing endangered species, recovering ecosystems, and other activities by working together with governments, administrative authorities, environmental NGOs, academics, local residents, and other parties.
Protection of the Kiwi (Pan Pac)
|Pan Pac Forest Products, an Oji Group company, engages in activities for protecting the Kiwi, a rare bird species, by collaborating with the Ministry for the Environment of New Zealand, citizen volunteers, and other parties. For these activities, the company has designated land of an area of approximately 40 hectares as a Kiwi sanctuary for protecting Kiwi chicks. Chicks and eggs in the surrounding area are captured and collected, and chicks that are captured or hatched out of the collected eggs are nurtured in the sanctuary before being returned to the wild.
Activities for Recovering the Ecosystem and Protecting and Nurturing the Mutum (CENIBRA)
One of the largest overseas forest plantations of the Oji Group is owned by CENIBRA, which operates the eucalyptus plantation and pulp businesses in Brazil. This company owns and manages 250,000 hectares of forests. Under the Brazilian Forest Law, approximately 50,000 hectares of the company-owned forests need to be protected for biodiversity conservation. In addition to protecting forests pursuant to the law, the company maintains 100,000 hectares of natural forests overall, leaving steep slopes and areas around water sources unharvested, and manages them together with 150,000 hectares of forest plantations. In the case of erosion, collapse, bush fire, or a similar phenomenon in its reserved forests, the company plants indigenous species of trees to recover the environment (restoration of natural forest).
Diverse wildlife species are observed in the forest plantations of CENIBRA. The symbol of the company’s biodiversity initiatives is the Macedonia Farm, a 560-hectare area that is registered as a natural forest reserve (RPPN*). In this forest, the company has been engaged in activities for breeding the Mutum (a relative of the curassow), an endangered bird species, and returning them to the wild, jointly with an NPO since 1990. CENIBRA also provides environmental education related to forests and biodiversity to schools and local communities and conducts wide-ranging monitoring surveys of flora, fauna, and water resources in the forest on a regular basis.
*RPPN：Reserva Particular do Patrimônio Natura
Protection of Rare Indigenous Species of Animals and Plants in Australia (APFL)
Albany Plantation Forest Company of Australia (APFL) has been working together with local communities as a supporter of the Gondwana Link, a project for protecting the valuable natural environment of southwest Australia. In the forest plantations it owns, APFL monitors rare species of animals and plants and maintains and manages the natural vegetation. In the areas around natural forests as habitats of rare indigenous species of animals and plants in Australia, the land, most of which used to be pasture, was turned into eucalyptus plantations, which function as a buffer zone with pasture or corridors between natural forests. These plantations are highly evaluated for their contribution to the improvement of biodiversity.
In addition, water quality surveys, which are conducted by APFL jointly with the University of Western Australia, have found that the forest plantations contribute to improving the water quality. The surveys, which also use the number of animals living in water systems as an indicator, will be continued until the impact of harvesting is evaluated.
Establishment of the Sarufutsu Itou Conservation Council
|In 2009, the Oji Group established the Sarufutsu Itou Conservation Council, jointly with a local NPO, government, researchers, and other parties, for the purpose of protecting the Itou or the sea-run taimen (Hucho Perryi), an endangered species that lives in the river zone of the Sarufutsu mountain forest in Sarufutsu village, Hokkaido. We designated 2,600 hectares of land including the river zone as a sanctuary, where we engage in activities for protecting the fish.
Conclusion of an Agreement to Protect the Fairy Pitta
|The fairy pitta is a migratory bird with multiple body colors and a body length of around 20 centimeters. It is listed as a class IB endangered species on the Red List of the Ministry of the Environment.
In August 2016, the Oji Group concluded an agreement to protect the fairy pitta with the Ecosystem Trust Society at the 260 hectares of company-owned forest, which is adjacent to the fairy pitta sanctuary of the organization.
(Photo provided by: Ecosystem Trust Society)
Support for Restoration of Alpine Plants at Mount Apoi
|Since 2005, the Oji Group has been supporting activities for protecting endangered alpine plants at Samani mountain forest in Samani town, Hokkaido. These activities are carried out by the Mount Apoi Restoration Committee, which aims to restore alpine plants.