Challenge of planting 1.32 million trees as part of reforestation activities
The Toyota Boshoku group is working to protect biodiversity with a focus on reforestation based on the Toyota Boshoku Basic Policy of Biodiversity. Since 2015, the Company has participated in the All Toyota Green Wave Project(Japanese language only)*1, an activity being implemented by the Toyota Group. The sphere of activities of the project has been expanded to include group companies, local communities and government in an effort to promote reforestation.
- Project aimed at creating a society that is in harmony with nature that has been implemented by the Toyota group since 2015
Cumulative number of trees by 2050
The Toyota Boshoku group’s reforestation activities
The Toyota Boshoku group’s reforestation activities have spread around the world and we are progressing towards our target of planting 1,320,000 trees by 2050. In fiscal 2021, we achieved our target of planting 54,000 trees, with a total of 61,349 trees planted. In fiscal 2022, we will plant 54,000 trees to achieve a cumulative total of 580,000 trees. This marks the first year of our 2025 Environmental Action Plan, which aims to plant 140,000 trees in five years to achieve a cumulative total of 640,000 trees.
Planting trees to prevent blown sand in Vietnam
In cooperation with the Japan International Forestry Promotion and Cooperation Center, in fiscal 2020 we started a project in Vietnam, and in fiscal 2021, as in the previous fiscal year, we planted 14,000 acacia trees in an area of seven hectares. Over the past five years, we have planted 70,000 trees in an area of 35 hectares to prevent blown sand, and our activities to improve the local environment and contribute to the development of the local economy are steadily taking root.
Amazonian tropical reforestation activities
In the Amazon River basin, where tropical forests are rapidly diminishing, Toyota Boshoku America is taking a lead in activities in cooperation with Conservation International, an international NGO. This will contribute to the protection of ecosystems through the regeneration of nine hectares of tropical forest over three years starting in fiscal 2020. In fiscal 2021, we sowed seeds equivalent to 7,500 trees in an area of three hectares, with the aim of restoring a tropical forest of 22,500 trees to a form close to their natural growth in the future.
Activities to prevent desertification in China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region
Toyota Boshoku China (TBCH) has been conducting tree-planting activities since 2013 in cooperation with the China Green Foundation, together with its sites and affiliated companies in China, with the aim of preventing desertification in Inner Mongolia.
In 2020, we planted 15,000 trees in an area of 20 hectares, although none of our sites or affiliates in China were able to participate due to the coronavirus pandemic.
To date, 71,200 trees have been planted, bringing the total area of trees planted to 44.6 hectares.
Toyota Boshoku is also cooperating with the China Green Foundation to plant 15,000 trees over a three-year period starting in fiscal 2020, together with affiliated companies in Japan. In fiscal 2021, companies in Japan were unable to participate due to the coronavirus pandemic, but 5,000 trees were planted by participating local staff in an area of 6.7 hectares.
High acclaim for reforestation activities in China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region
In September 2018, Toyota Boshoku China (TBCH) was presented with an award for contributing to the ecosystem in China by the State Forestry Administration in recognition of the reforestation activities that TBCH has been conducting on its own initiative since 2013.
Also in 2019, TBCH received the Best Contributing Corporation Award from the China Green Foundation. Our company was highly evaluated for continuing reforestation activities in the Tengger Desert for seven years, as well as for the impact of those activities on society.
All Toyota Participation in Green Wave Project
With the aim of building a society in harmony with nature, we have been participating in the All Toyota Green Wave Project promoted by the Toyota Group since fiscal 2016.
In fiscal 2020, as a member of the All Toyota Harmony with Nature Working Group, the Toyota Boshoku group participated in maintenance activities for observation paths in Izunuma, Miyagi Prefecture. Izunuma is a freshwater marsh certified by the Ramsar Convention*1.
These activities were held to support maintenance done by the Sanctuary Center, which manages Izunuma, and have improved the observation path so that many tourists can enjoy observing the ecosystem closer to the waterside.
In fiscal 2022, we will continue to participate in the activities of the All-Toyota Harmony with Nature Working Group and maintain our efforts to conserve the intrinsic ecosystems and biodiversity of regional areas.
- 1. Ramsar Convention: Convention on Wetlands which was adopted by International convention in Ramsar, Iran on February 2nd, 1971. The formal name is “Convention on Wetlands of International Importance Especially as Waterfowl Habitat”. It’s called “Ramsar Convention” associate with the city “Ramsar”.