Domestic Case Example

Supporting Municipalities in Introducing Forestry ICT Platforms

While quantitative forest resources are analyzed through aerial surveys and forest resource data systems are prepared in some advancing areas, many of the forests in Japan do not have sufficient forest resource information. Sumitomo Forestry built the Forestry ICT Platform together with AS Locus Corporation as a measure to address this situation. The Forestry ICT Platform is a holistic system with a wide range of functionality related to advance forest resource information as well as forests and forestry that has been provided to municipalities throughout Japan and organizations in the forestry business since fiscal 2013. The key distinctive feature of this platform is that it is provided in regionally customized form, with a variety of forest and forestry-related data and functions optimized for local characteristics. We have supported 13 municipalities with the platform as of the end of fiscal 2018.

System screen (geographical information)

System screen (geographical information)

System screen (forest resources information)

System screen (forest resources information)

Supporting the Creation of a Forest and Forestry Master Plan for Itoshima City, Fukuoka Prefecture

Sumitomo Forestry is providing consulting in planning of forest management and forestry development conducted by local municipalities by taking advantage of its wealth of knowledge in forest management cultivated in company-owned forests over a long period of time. As part of these efforts, we supported the creation of a Forest and Forestry Master Plan in Itoshima City, Fukuoka Prefecture as an initiative to use local forest resource since January 2016.

This plan is the foundation for measures related to proper forest maintenance and effective use of city lumber in Itoshima, which is positioned as the basic plan under which businesses are to build supply chains for city use of timber that takes advantage of ICT promoted by Itoshima.

As methods to create this master plan, we are zoning areas that consider attributes such as the growth rate and accessibility of forests as well as the environmental conservation functions after grasping the amount of forest resources within the city limits through aerial laser measurement. Sumitomo Forestry formulated a harvesting plan and a plan for a transportation network that would be optimal to haul timber cultivated in the forest out by defining policies for conducting operations in the forest for each zone. Moreover, we also examined the systems to build to execute measures that follow this master plan.

Itoshima expects to achieve regional revitalization that utilizes the forest based on this Forest and Forestry Master Plan in the future.

Overseas Case Example

Corporate needs for forest management are diverse. In recent years, a considerable number of companies have been conducting forest conservation and planting activities in developing countries to mitigate the impact on forests in overseas countries and regions where they engage in various business activities, and to otherwise fulfill their corporate social responsibilities.

Drawing on its knowledge of forest management in Japan and overseas, Sumitomo Forestry implements its consulting business for the restoration of degraded forests in tropical regions, the rehabilitation of biodiversity, and for the protection and cultivation of forests that takes into account local communities.

Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co., Ltd.'s Project for the Rehabilitation and Regeneration of the Paliyan Wildlife Sanctuary (Environmental Reforestation / Social Forestry)

Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co., Ltd. has been involved since 2005 in efforts to restore the devastated forests in the Paliyan Wildlife Sanctuary (Gunung Kidul Regency in the Special Region of Yogyakarta) in Indonesia. Sumitomo Forestry has provided associated consulting services.

During the first phase of activities to March 2011, around 300,000 trees were planted on 350 hectares of land. As second phase of activities since April 2011, with a goal of creating a framework for local people to voluntarily protect their abundant forest areas, Sumitomo Forestry has been providing support for an agricultural guidance program aimed at improving the livelihoods of local residents, the establishment of an inclusive organization to examine ways of managing protected forests, and an environmental education program in cooperation with local schools. As third phase of activities since April 2016, we have been supporting additional planting in areas with few trees in protected forests as well as social forestry through local communities around protected forests.

As part of this project, the Company has also opened the doors to its plantation forests, seminar house and other related facilities in a positive effort to make information on its experiences and know-how on forest restoration available to the public. These have been well attended by local elementary and middle school students, by Indonesian and foreign university students and experts in such fields as forestry, the environment and education, as well as by many government officials.

Social Forestry Monitoring

Social Forestry Monitoring

Technical Support (Citizen Participation Type Reforestation) Consulting Services Related to Indonesian Forestry Conservation Plans Through Environment Programs for Free Capital Assistance (Environmental Reforestation / Social Forestry)

The Japan International Cooperation System is working in citizen participation type reforestation in Manupeu Tanah Daru National Park in Indonesia (East Nusa Tenggara), Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park (East Java) and Ujung Kulon National Park (West Java) over five years starting in 2015. Sumitomo Forestry has been involved as a consultant in these activities. Reforestation was conducted in 2015 and fiscal 2016. In fiscal 2017, Sumitomo Forestry implemented fire prevention measures through maintenance such as cutting grass, patrols, and environmental education for citizens. The purpose of these operations is to teach forest management to local residents through joint plantation activities so that they will be able to continue managing forests after they have been returned.

Seedlings Planted in Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park

Seedlings Planted in Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park

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