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.
Visit to Japan by Myanmar and Mongolian children as “Children’s Goodwill Ambassadors” under the Children’s Forest Program
From September 14 to 24, OISCA invited to Japan a total of 7 school children and coordinators from Myanmar and Mongolia under the Children’s Forest Program (CFP) and carried out various exchange activities in Tokyo, Aichi, Osaka and Nara.
On September 20, they visited Okazaki Plant of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation in Aichi Prefecture, and in front of the company officials and workers, delivered presentations on the respective forestation activities carried out while facing the serious water shortage in Myanmar and the severe natural disasters and climate change in Myanmar.
In Tokyo, the group participated in a work shop at Nerima Art Museum and underwent studies at NPO Medakanogakkou. While in the Kansai Region, they observed the Kasugayama Virgin Forest located in Nara Prefecture and had an exchange session at Yoshikawa Elementary School in Toyono, Osaka Prefecture.
OISCA intends to promote infrastructural development so that children would be able to think and act together across national borders toward solving global issues in the future.
Amidrah uhaan surgalt uildverleliin tuv
(Life skill vocational training center)
The school was built in 1992 for orphans and street children. The school`s training programs include teaching the students to learn how to cook, process food, construction, agriculture and animal husbandry. The school also offers secondary education program.
In 2014, OISCA introduced the concept of the Children`s Forest Program (CFP) wherein the students planted poplar and lilac tree seedlings within the school compound. After two years, the all planted seedlings are growing well.
Other than planting tree seedlings, the students also planted vegetables in the school. The harvested vegetables were cooked and eaten by the students at lunch time. This year, OISCA Mongolia intends to continue teaching the students the importance of protecting the environment.
CFP starting year: 2014
Songino khairkhan district, Ulaanbaatar city
Orkhon Aimag (Province) Primary school#6
After the school`s establishment in 2007, the students whose ages are ranging from 6-11 years old no longer need to walk for about an hour just to go to school. The playground is often taken for granted because of the absence of vegetation.
To increase the vegetation cover of the school, OISCA began to introduce the concept of the Children`s Forest Program (CFP) in 2015.
The students and the school teachers collected used tires to make a fence and dump soil mixed with compost in preparation for the tree planting area. It was the first for the students to be involved in planting flower and ornamental trees in the school. After the tree planting activities, it was followed by environmental conservation related workshop participated by the students.
To ensure the survival of the planted seedlings, the students organized a Green Club. The members of the Club are also responsible in taking the initiative to promote environmental conservation in the school.
CFP starting year 2015
Zest BAG, Orkhon aimag, Mongolia
In Mongolia, Children’s Forest Program (CFP) was started in 2010, and the CFP activities are slowly but firmly taking root in that country.
CFP tree-planting activities were carried out at Kindergarten No. 1, Erdenet City, Orkhorn Province, and Bugat Village Elementary School and Hangal Village Elementary School in Bulgan Province on May 12, 2012 which coincided with the “National Tree-planting Day” in Mongolia. Bulgan Province where tree-planting took place, is famous for having produced skiers, and in winter 2011, OISCA Mongolia, took initiative in collecting used skies from Aomori Prefecture and Hokkaido, and donated them to the province. That triggered the participation of these schools in CFP.
On the day of tree-planting, 30 kindergarten children and 35 elementary school pupils took part and also their families and neighborhood residents joined. It was the first experience for the children to plant trees, and they were all excited. They planted willow and elm which grow in subarctic and temperate zones, and fruit trees such as apple and raspberry.
Four Mongolian female OISCA trainee alumni played a central role on the tree-planting day. They underwent training at OISCA Nishi Nippon Training Center and Shikoku Training Center from 2008 to 2011, after returning to their home country, they are playing active role by utilizing the training results in their respective workplaces. Eager to promote the OISCA activities, they are also striving hard to implement CFP in the country.