Various Countries including
Japan Participated in the Green Wave 2017
The Green Wave is a global biodiversitycampaign which the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD)of the United Nations has advocated and is calling for participation in greening by young people. It is celebrated globally before and after May 22 –the International Day for Biological Diversity. OISCA concluded in 2016 a basic agreement with SCBD for promoting conservation of biological diversity and PR activities, and has been carrying out tree planting activities mainly through schools participating in the Children’s Forest Program (CFP). This year, it actively conducted the Green Wave campaign in Japan and overseas.
In Mongolia, schools and kindergartens participating in CFP planted various species of seedlings such as pine trees, almond and apricot in the campus. The children carried water in bucket and sprinkled plenty of water to the root so that the seedlings would be able to grow up even under the severe dry weather.
In Indonesia, students belonging to “Environment Club” of Sukabumi No 1 High School led tree planting activities at 8 neighboring elementary schools with the support of CFP coordinator who is also a teacher of the high school, thus contributing to the spread of the Green Wave in the area. Moreover, OISCA Indonesia approached CFP non-participant schools and appealed for participation and promoted cooperation with village youth groups, mosques and universities. This year, 92 schools took part in the campaign and the circle of activities is steadily spreading.
Also in Japan, OISCA Branches nationwide conducted the activities. Hiroshima Branch carried out forest maintenance at the “OISCA Forest” in the Prefectural Mominoki Forest Park. In cooperation with various organizations in the Prefecture, the Branch is aiming at offering venues and opportunities for children to get familiar with forests, and as part of it,participated in the Green Wave. It tackled the maintenance activities so that children would be able to enjoy thinning experience and handicraft utilizing thinned materials on summer holidays.
In Tokyo, symposium “Mainstreaming Biodiversity Towards Achieving Aichi Biodiversity Targets and SDGs” was held at on June 21 at Sophia University, and Dr. Christina Pasca Palmer, Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, delivered a keynote speech. After the symposium, Mr. Yasuaki Nagaishi, Secretary General of OISCA, met with Dr.Palmer, and reported that OISCA including CFP participating schools is tackling the Green Wave in the various operating areas. On her part, Dr. Palmer expressed appreciation to OISCA for promoting forest development by young people and environmental education. Both sides mutually reconfirmed to further deepen cooperative relations so that many people could lead a life with the conservation of biodiversity in mind.
OISCA is issuing a certificate of participation in the Green Wave jointly signed by the SCBD Executive Secretary and OISCA Secretary General toeach participating organization and is appealing for their participation after next year.
which brings many blessings
SDN 2 Ngemplak is an elementary school with 114 pupils located in Karanganyar, Central Java Province. In this school which is taking part in CFP since 1993, the trees planted by school children are steadily growing and providing cool environment with shades. As they are carrying out activities in close cooperation with the local community, they could utilize the land owned by the village as a planting site and have developed it as a small forest.
In 2016, they planted local fruit bearing trees such as Java plum and longan. When the trees start bearing fruits, the fruits will serve as nutrition source for the school children and may be sold to purchase stationery and equipment of the school. Ms. Adella Puspa Vika, 11-years old student said: “I am always enjoying outdoor activities such as tree planning and maintenance of plants. I am looking forward to playing various nature games taught by CFP coordinators.”
In the future, they intend to put effort on gardening and studying garbage separation while carefully taking care of the planted seedlings.
Just joined CFP !
This school has 78 students and is located in Sukabumi, West Java Province. A student who had participated in CFP as a child, became the principal of the school and wanted his school also tackle the activities and joined in 2016. Beforehand, The CFP coordinator conducted a seminar for the principal and teachers on the significance of CFP activities, and then explained to students and their parents the importance and method of environmental conservation.
In the first activity, they planted fruit trees such as Rambutan and Sukun. They are also challenging organic farming on the school field by making organic fertilizers. The school is situated in a village but its students come from big cities such as Jakarta, Bandung, Bogor, etc. Since the students from the cities are usually not exposed to the soil, tree planting and organic farming provide them with valuable opportunities to experience nature. Mr. Muhammad Irpan, school teacher, commented: “Students can acquire life skills through tree planting, organic farming and making compost. This is a great program for promoting their independence.”
The Green Wave, OISCA has joined since 2008, it is promoted by The Secertariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) .
The new CFP logo which cerebrating 25th anniversary of CFP were shown in Indonesia CFP schools and flying that flag. That logo has wishes for "water, green and protect the future". Along that meant, children were tought "planting trees make conserving water cleanly and protect livings its lives and make the happiness future". After this education, children seems start to have more passionate attitude to participate CFP project.OISCA also took lots of actions involving CFP schools mainly with many participants in Japan and other countires.A lot of activities concerning greens were taken actions all over the world around on May, 22th, the international biological diversity day.
Hong Kong which has been 3 years since it joined Green Wave. With hanging slogan of "harmonized with nature" 29 schools and 10 organizations had tree planting. It seems people are more
interesting in it by reffering the participants and its organizations are increasing year by year. The students planted sunflowers, morning glory and beans in OISCA Hong Kong Japanese
In addition to it, MACCO also started activities sincce OISCA Hong Kong invited to join this. And then, the event has held with a concept of "Love green and grow all livings". There were many of programs like quiz of environment, drawing and planting vegetables were enjoyed understanding about environment by family and students.This makes good opportunity to learn how people connect to nature and precious green through these watering and observing them.
The 2nd annual eco-camp event in Sumenep Regency, Madura Island was held in March 19th – 20th, 2016 at Dungkek Junior High School in the same regency. It was attended by 173 students from 6
CFP schools and 4 non-CFP schools. Students were accompanied by two teachers from every participating school.
The eco-camp was conducted to commemorate two important international events, which were the World Water Day and the International Day of Forests. Thus, all activities were related to these themes so that students could learn and understand the relationship of water to trees. Such examples of activities carried out were lectures on waste management, water as source of life, relationship of sea and mountain which were provided by the Environment Office and CFP national team. Fakha, CFP Ambassador, also shared the experience and knowledge he learned during his trip to Japan. Others were planting of 205 seedlings and station activity. The aims were to instill in children the appreciation for water and its source, discipline in garbage management and love for tree planting.
As March 19th was also Earth Hour day, all lights went out that evening and it was a good opportunity to explain to the participants its purpose during the campfire.
Aside from the eco-camp, there was also the inauguration of the rainwater harvesting facility in the school. Tanks were installed in the school for storing of water because during the dry season, there is water shortage that plants usually die. Through this facility, seedlings planted for this program will continue to survive as there is water supply for the continued greening of the school.
This event and all other CFP activities in Madura is made possible through the funding of National Land Afforestation Promotion Organization (NALAPO) of Japan. Schools that are involved in this program and government offices for education, environment and forestry are very grateful for the assistance.