"Owls Forest Restoration Project" at the "Sumitomo Dainipppon Pharma Forest"
Shortage of manpower for the proper maintenance of forests is a serious problem in Japan today, sounding an alarm to deterioration of forest's envirionment conservation funcition. Invasion by rampant bamboos is particularly serious in many places, and is adversely affecting conservation of biodiversity. The importance of collaborative forest restoration efforts among the government, business and local communities is strongly felt for sustainable maintenance of healthy forests.
Since October 2015, Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma is an active participant in the Owls Forest Restroation Project which is promoted by the city of Kishiwada, Osaka. Within the framework of the city's "Adopt Forest" program, we work together with a local NPO called Konoyama Conservation Club to keep a 0.45 hectare satoyama forest in Sangayamacho, Kishiwada in good conditions. The forest is officially dubbed as Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Forest and we are responsible for sound forest management for a period of five years. The project seeks to restore and maintain a rich natural environment capable of sustaining a habitat for owls that stand at the top of the ecological pyramid in the area.
Overall Work Schedule "Owls Forest Restoration Project" at the "Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Forest"
Our field activities are in principle monthly. Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma officers and employees volunteer to take part each time. Below is an update of the event date and the number of participants.
FY Participants 2015 165 2016 210
The first field work at the Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Forest in Kishiwada ( 2015/10/31)
Other Environment Protection and Community Dialog Activities in Japan and Abroad
Other environment protection and community dialog activities in Japan and abroad We and our group companies attach great importance on involvement in and communication with the local communities in which we operate. We take part actively in periodical tree planting and other forest conservation activities as well as community beautification works. Every one of our employees recognizes that he/she is a member of the local community and avails of any opportunity to walk together and play a constructive role in the healthy growth of the community.
In addition, our employees are constantly aware of the environmental impacts our business operations give at every stage of research and development, manufacturing, distribution and sales. At all of our establishments, efforts are made continually to reduce the environmental burden.
[ Left Photo ] Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma volunteers plant trees, thin bamboos and tree and weed the ground in the "Fukadani Park Satoyama Conservation Project" of Suzuka City, Mie. Together with local residents, we seek to help restore the quercus serrata forest to be rich in biodiversity and a safe natural playground for children. We joined in 2015 with 96 employees. The field work will continue on a regular basis.
[ Right Photo ] Our volunteers look after a public forest in Niihama, Ehime in the city's Adopt Program to help conserve biodiversity. Our participation began in 2007. In fiscal 2016, Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma employees and their families took part on four occasions.
In FY 2016, employees of Sumitomo Pharmaceuticals (Suzhou) plant trees in Jiangkou County in Guizhou province of China. In cooperation with China Green Foundation and the local forestry bureau, 15 officers and employees of the Chinese subsidiary company planted trees in an area of some 33,300 m2.
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