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 2019.

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

Sumitomo Forestry is providing consulting in planning of forest maintenance 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.

Sumitomo Forestry is currently assisting in the setup of an execution framework for this plan and will continue to support so that this master plan will contribute to regional reforestation.

Comprehensive Partnership Agreement to Turn Forestry to a Growth Industry with Nagato City, Yamaguchi Prefecture

Sumitomo Forestry entered into a comprehensive partnership agreement to turn forestry and timber industry to a growth industry with Nagato City, Yamaguchi Prefecture in September 2019 for the purpose of promoting development of the forest and timber industry in Nagato City in order to revitalize the local economy.

In April 2017, the Forestry Agency selected Nagato City was selected as a region to turn forestry and timber industry to a growth industry by the Forestry Agency and has worked toward that goal. The Nagato City launched a committee to promote turning forestry and timber industry to a growth industry with various subcommittees to conduct repeated assessments through local representatives and experts toward revitalization of forestry.

The partnership agreement between Sumitomo Forestry and Nagato City aims to increase local production of raw wood, secure and train forestry workers, and expand timber demand. By treating the forests throughout Nagato City as a single entity, we will also execute efficient forest maintenance and promote sustainable forest management to further turn forestry to a growth industry.

(Partnership Agreement Overview)

  • Promote harvest and replanting
  • Stably produce and use container seedlings
  • Develop and standardize container seedling production technology and train business operators
  • Establish and manage organizations central to forest management
  • Identify the quantity of forest resources and the intention of forest owners
  • Adopt and effectively utilize ICT in forestry and wood material industries
  • Adopt and effectively utilize forestry machinery in forest operations
  • Take advantage of business approaches that heighten motivation of forest owners and forestry businesses
  • Secure human resources and support their retention in forestry and timber industries
  • Build a cooperative supply chain with local city sawmills and other forestry businesses
  • Drive demand for timber produced locally both inside and outside of the city

Partnership Agreement for Forestry and Timber Industry with Nagano Prefecture

Sumitomo Forestry entered into a partnership agreement for forestry and timber industry with Nagano Prefecture in December 2019 for the purpose of revitalizing the local economy by nurturing sustainable forests.

Nagano is one of only a few prefectures in Japan that has 1.06 million hectors of forest (third largest forest area in the nation). This prefecture is pushing forward a wide range of measures to revitalize forestry in recent years founded in Japanese larch and other plantation forest resources. Nagano is advancing distinct initiatives from the "Nagano Model" smart precision forestry to adopt ICT into forestry as well as the Nagano F Power Project and Shinshu Premium Japanese Larch sales.

In Nagano Prefecture, Sumitomo Forestry has not only used a local construction promotion grant to create the Shiojiri City Forest Vision since fiscal 2016 but has also put together major projects for effective forest use. We assessed the quantity of forest resources in Chikuhoku between fiscal 2016 to fiscal 2018 and created the Basic Chikuhoku Forest and Forestry Plan according to a poll on the intentions of forest owners. The conclusion of this partnership agreement will promote a higher level of forest business management, forestry and wood material industries, deepen cooperation between each field of technical development and research, strengthen raw wood production capabilities in Nagano Prefecture, heighten demand for Nagano timber, and train forestry workers.

(Partnership Agreement Overview)

  1. Define items related to proper forest business management
    (1) Exchange information and cooperate in technology related to a forest business management system (new forest management system)
    (2) Interact and cooperate with human resources
  2. Define items related to the revitalization of forestry and wood material industries
    (1) Work together to regulate the supply and demand of seedlings
    (2) Work together toward the effective use of forestry machinery
    (3) Work together to facilitate higher labor saving and efficiency of forest operations
    (4) Work together to promote use of Nagano timber in fields other than housing
  3. Define items related to the technological development and research of forest and wood materials
    Work together across various technological development and research fields related to forests and timber from cutting to replanting and cultivation, such as labor-saving techniques and technology to preserve large and quality trees.

Case examples of the basic Chikuhoku research (surveys on the health of Japanese Red Pine/Surveys on the intentions of forest owners)

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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 Paliyan Wildlife Sanctuary Reforestation Project (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. We are also furthering the seedling cultivation at local special needs schools.

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.

Seedling farm set up at a special needs school to cultivate seedlings together with the special needs school students.

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 and Laiwangi Wanggamet National Park in Indonesia (East Nusa Tenggara), Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park (East Java) and Gunung Ciremai 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. We also engaged in efforts to raise awareness of local residents about preserving the environment and forests while also building a conservation system with the participation of the local community as a way to further the conservation of plantation forests in the future. Sumitomo Forestry handed over the project results to the Indonesian government during fiscal 2019, and the local efforts were completed in March 2020. We have summarized the knowledge obtained through this project in a book distributed to all relevant agencies in Indonesia in order to help future forest conservation efforts.

Presenting a Textbook Providing This Project Knowledge

Environmental Education for Local Elementary School Students (Manupeu Tanah Daru National Park)

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