HOT PRESS
Vol. 488 Jan 14, 2015

Nurturing Community Mountains Hand in Hand with Local Citizens

Nurturing Community Mountains Hand in Hand with Local Citizens

Tree planting in Kihoku town, Mie Prefecture marks a final year
            with a total of 14,200 trees planted over the last three years.

On December 6th 2014, Aeon Environmental Foundation conducted a tree planting in Kihoku town, Mie Prefecture in cooperation with the municipal government and local development organization Interactive Space Miyama. Kihoku town, an entrance town to the World Heritage Kumano Kodo, has a bountiful nature with sea and mountains around. However, due to the lumbering in recent years, the mountain is losing its function in sustaining life of surrounding community, such as mitigation of landslide disaster or purification of rivers. In response to this situation, the Foundation started the three-year tree planting project in 2012 aiming to restore the mountain’s full communal function. Together with 540 volunteers and local citizens, the Foundation planted 4,200 tree saplings. The total number of trees planted over the last three years reaches 14,200.
Aeon will continue its tree planting activities hoping to hand down rural community lives surrounded by rich natural environment.