Greetings from Indonesia
From April to June 2010, our activities focused on maintaining the saplings we had already planted. We periodically monitor the trees and replace any dead saplings with new ones. In the third phase of the project, which starts in July, we are scheduled to plant saplings across 50 hectares of land. We have started to survey the land prior to beginning the third phase.
Progress in the reforestation project
On June 24, 2010, we held a ceremony to set up a signboard bearing the names of customers who contribute to environmental preservation by using Daikin Industries' air conditioners with an energy saver mode. The two-hour long ceremony took place with a peaceful manner attended by over 100 participants from the local government, Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park, universities, non-governmental organizations, Japan International Cooperation Agency, local communities, schools and media.
The signboard was installed through a path between cassava and corn fields in an open space with a fine view just inside the premise of the National Park. To the west spreads the reforested site from phase one, to the east the reforested site scheduled for phase three. The nursery for the seedling we set up through the project is also close by, and local people occasionally pass by for their maintenance and farming work.
With phase three approaching, the ceremony participants also planted tree saplings together. By the time the children who helped with the planting grow up, the trees would also have grown to provide ashade for the animals to move around the forest.
Signboard installation ceremony
The Bodogol Conservation Education Center near Daikin's forest attracts some 2,000 visitors each year with pioneering activities in natural environment management, environmental education, and eco-tourism. Visitors tour the forest on foot listening to the guide's stories about traditional ways of using plants and about interesting animals, tasting the sweet fruits, hearing the calls of Javan gibbons and the songs of a variety of birds, and keeping their eyes open for wild animals. In addition to setting up information boards in the Center and fostering tour guides, the project also invites local school'steaches and children about the importance of conserving nature.