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Tree-planting Project in Indonesia Yamaha Corp. and Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. report on 2nd year of Joint Afforestation Project

December 25, 2006

Yamaha Corp. (President: Shuji Ito) and Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (President: Takashi Kajikawa) held an afforestation event in Chitaps*1, Sukabumi Province, Indonesia, on December 17 (Sunday), 2006. This was the second such event in "YamahaForest," an afforestation project being conducted jointly by the two companies.

The Yamaha Forest Project was initiated in December 2005 in Indonesia, where both Yamaha Motor Co. and Yamaha Corp. have production and sales bases. The goal of the program is to provide support for education and protect the environment in the region through tree-planting, as part of efforts to contribute to the local community. In promoting these activities, Yamaha Motor Co. and Yamaha Corp. have received support from OISCA International*2, a Japanese NGO with an extensive track record of environmental protection activities and assistance in agriculture and other forms of development in the Asia-Pacific Region.

The two companies will plant a total of 150,000-200,000 seedlings (mahogany, teak, Sengon laut, etc.) over five years on about 120 hectares of land in Sukabumi Province, in West Java. In this way, they will attempt to restore at least some of the natural forest environment, much of which has been lost due to extensive logging activities in that area.

Last year, about 5,000 seedlings were planted, and many of these trees have already grown taller than the adults who planted them. In addition to the afforestation activities, environmental seminars have also been held at elementary, junior high, and high schools, to encourage the continuation of forest protection activities in the future, and to help deepen the students' understanding of environmental protection and the importance of forests. Further support was provided to the schools in the form of stationery, sports equipment, and other educational materials, as well as classroom fixtures such as desks, chairs, and blackboards.

In preparation for the recent tree-planting event, local elementary, junior high, and high school students and other residents spent the past year cultivating seedlings under the guidance of OISCA International. As a result of these efforts, 13,500 seedlings*3 were planted over 18 hectares of land, which represents nearly three times the number of seedlings and six times the land area covered in the previous year's event. Some 1,600 people*4 gathered at the event location on December 17, including representatives of Yamaha Motor Co. and Yamaha Corp., as well as staff from the companies' environment-related divisions, employees of local subsidiaries in Indonesia, local residents, and local government officials.

A ceremony held before the start of the actual tree-planting activities began with a chorus of the Indonesian national anthem, which was followed by greetings from Sukabumi Province government officials. Gifts of school supplies were also presented to the local children. The tree-planting activities themselves offered an opportunity for local residents to interact and strengthen community relationships.

Yamaha Motor Co. and Yamaha Corp. will continue their efforts to contribute to society by protecting forests, and will examine the possibility of expanding "Yamaha Forest" activities to other parts of the world.



Chitaps, Sukabumi Province:

Located 100km south of Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia.
Chitaps flourished as a base for off-shore fishing, but the surrounding forest was extensively cut as a result of urban development. The goal of reforestation is to restore stability to the lifestyles of local residents, whether they make their living through farming or fishing.


OISCA International ("Organization for Industrial, Spiritual and Cultural Advancement")

Established in 1961. A non-profit organization under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.


Mahogany: 3,500; Albasia: 3,500; Eucalyptus: 3,200; Acacia: 1,300; Bamboo: 500;
six other species: 1,500; Total: 13,500 trees (11 species)


Principals, teachers, and students from 9 local elementary, junior high, and high schools: 700; Local
residents: 500; Representatives of regional government: 50; Representatives of OISCA and local NGOs: 250; Representatives of the Yamaha Group: 100; Total: 1,600 persons

Outline of Afforestation Activities:



Indonesia (Chitaps, Sukabumi Province, West Java)



From 2005 to 2009 (5-year plan)

Scale of afforestation


120 ha; 150,000-200,000 seedlings, including mahogany, teak, Sengon laut, and eucalyptus



Yamaha Corp. and six local subsidiaries
Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. and one local subsidiary



OISCA International (NGO)

Cooperation provided by


Local government organizations

*Participating in tree-planting activities

Participating in tree-planting activities Participating in tree-planting activities

*Participants in the Yamaha Forest event

Participants in the Yamaha Forest event Participants in the Yamaha Forest event

*Children learning about cultivating seedlings

*Desks and chairs donated to schools

Children learning about cultivating seedlings Desks and chairs donated to schools
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