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Yamaha's Tree-planting Project in Indonesia

December 15, 2009

Yamaha Corporation (hereinafter "Yamaha") and Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (hereinafter "Yamaha Motor") jointly held their fifth annual Yamaha Forest tree-planting event in Pelabuhan Ratu (*1), Sukabumi Province, Indonesia, on December 5.

The Yamaha Forest project was initiated in December 2005 in Indonesia, where both Yamaha and Yamaha Motor have manufacturing and sales subsidiaries. The goal of the program is to contribute to the local community, support education and protect the environment in the region through tree-planting events. After the latest tree-planting event Yamaha and Yamaha Motor will have planted seedlings on land sites totaling approximately 120 hectares in Sukabumi Province, West Java, restoring at least some of the vast natural forest environment lost due to extensive logging activities in that area.

In promoting this project, Yamaha and Yamaha Motor have been supported by OISCA International(*2), a Japanese NGO with an extensive record of achievement in environmental protection as well as agricultural assistance and other development in the Asia-Pacific Region.

Some 86,000 trees have been planted in the past four years of the project, covering 94 hectares of land. In the fifth tree-planting, a total of 26,000 seedlings(*3) will be planted on land measuring 26 hectares by March 2010. When the five-year Yamaha Forest project is complet, approximately 112,000 seedlings will have been planted on about 120 hectares.

In addition to the five-year tree-planting activities, this project aims to increase environmental awareness, encourage ongoing forest preservation and provide long-term support for educational facilities and local communities. In the past year, the project's social action programs have built their third community water-supply facility, donated desks, chairs, supplies and sports equipment to area schools. The programs have also taught local agriculture groups and schools about raising seedlings, and ran an eco-camp program on the theme of World Environment Day.

On December 5, 1,926 people gathered for this year's tree-planting event, including Vice General Manager Katsuya Nakamura of the Yamaha General Administration Division, Executive Officer Yoshiaki Hashimoto of Yamaha Motor, staff from environment-related departments, employees of local Yamaha and Yamaha Motor subsidiaries in Indonesia, local residents and municipal government officials. Everyone joined the school children and local residents to plant about 3,000 seedlings. The ceremony after the tree-planting began with the Indonesian national anthem, followed by speeches from representatives of both companies and Sukabumi Province government officials. School supplies were donated to local children.

Yamaha and Yamaha Motor will continue their efforts to bring the five-year forest project to a successful completion in March 2010. Meanwhile, both companies also remain engaged in forest preservation activities in Japan, part of their ongoing policy of contributing to the environment by protecting the forests.



Pelabuhan Ratu, Sukabumi Province

Pelabuhan Ratu, 100 km south of Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, flourished as a base for offshore fishing, but the surrounding forest severely declined under the encroachment of urban development. The goal of reforestation is to secure water resources to ensure a stable life and livelihood for local residents, farmers and fishermen.


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

A non-profit organization established in 1961 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 in Japan.


Mahogany: 3,990, Melina: 3,950, Albasia: 3,250, Acacia mangium: 3,000, ten other species: 26,000

■Outline of Forestation Activities


Indonesia (Pelabuhan Ratu, Sukabumi Province, West Java)


From 2005 to 2009 (5-year plan)

Scale of forestation:

120 ha; approximately 112,000 seedlings, including mahogany,
teak, sengon laut and eucalyptus


Yamaha Corporation and six local subsidiaries
Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. and two local subsidiaries

Project partner:

OISCA International (NGO)

Support provided by:

Local government organization

2009 tree-planting event participants

2009 tree-planting event participants

Planting tree seedlings Planting tree seedlings

Planting tree seedlings

Trees planted in 2005 Third community water-supply facility built this year

Trees planted in 2005

Third community water-supply facility built this year

Seedlings for the tree-planting program managed by a local agricultural group Eco-camp program participants join in a beach clean-up campaign

Seedlings for the tree-planting program
managed by a local agricultural group

Eco-camp program participants join in a
beach clean-up campaign

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