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Yogyakarta Special Province Wildlife Reserve Restoration and Recovery
Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company, Limited
This project is designed to restore a natural reserve that has been ravaged by illegal logging and, over the long term to contribute to the local economy through the planting of trees. This has resulted in the planting of some 300,000 trees across nearly 350 hectares of highland area.
This marked the first collaborative reforestation project between Indonesia’s Department of Forestry and a Japanese corporation. Forestry activities focused on native species and restoring both animal and plant species in a natural way in conjunction with planting fruit trees and agricultural crops following an “agroforestry” approach with the aim of bolstering the local economy. To enhance appreciation of the importance of forests, since fiscal 2008 we have been conducting environmental education tours involving local upper-grade elementary school students.
In addition, these activities are conducted in partnership with Gadjah Mada University under which annual surveys are conducted to monitor the restorative progress.