More Trees has established “More Trees Forests” at 11 locations in Japan and 2 locations abroad to implement forest conservation activities in collaboration with each local community. The main actor in this process is the people living in the area. We make the best of their forestry technologies and knowledge to achieve forest conservation suitable to each location.
005Komoro city, Nagano
008Hita city, Oita
011Higashi Shirakawa-mura & Kashimo, Gifu
013East Kalimantan, Indonesia
Japan is a forest country, 70% of which is covered by forests. Since planting of Japanese cedars and Japanese cypresses was promoted by the government after WWII, the forest area of Japan (a large part of which consists of the planted forests) increased in the past 100 years. However, the cycle of growing, caring, and adequately cutting down trees and utilizing their materials has not been fully established as originally expected.
Also, due to the country’s declining self-sufficiency rate in timber, forestry has been weakened, cares are not provided, and more forests have been falling behind in performing their inherent functions.
More Trees aims for the recovery of diverse forest functions by achieving healthy forests through maintenance including thinning. We are also working on establishing the cycle to utilize domestic timber while maintaining healthy forests.
Around the world, forest areas equivalent to 20 tennis courts disappear every 1 second. A particularly alarming issue is the decline of rainforests that support rich biodiversity. Main reasons for the disappearance of rainforests are forest clearing for timber and firewood as well as burning for farmlands as economic efficiency is prioritized. Especially, slash-and-burn land reclamation never ends even though it is illegal since the method requires a low cost. Such practices also cause fire progression leading to a mass forest fire.
In facing such reality, More Trees provides tree planting and maintenance as well as infrastructure such as firebreaks and reservoirs for forest fire prevention.
In aiming for people in cities to feel closer to forests, More Trees organizes seminars and events to introduce activities by people who live with and conserve forests, and discuss the status and challenges of forests. We also host tours to visit forests and enjoy “blessings of forests” with five senses.
More Trees plans and sells products utilizing domestic timber. Products created in collaboration with designers and local craftsmen include items that you may feel like having next to you in your daily life, or spaces that are comfortable and attractive. The price paid for the value of these items are given back to forest conservation activities.
More Trees provides forest carbon offset services. CO2 emitted through corporate activities, etc. is offset by “More Trees Forests” absorbing the emissions. Our services enable carbon offset of which the credits are clearly traceable in terms of when, where and how they are generated. Also, the price paid for the service is given back to forest conservation activities.
More Trees have been launching many programs originating from forests. LIFE311, an assistance project for areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011, is one of them. It helps generate funds to cover the cost of wooden temporary housings built by Sumita-cho, Iwate Prefecture, using local timber.
Our activities are supported by many people. You can join us in many ways for “creating forests”.