Harmony with the einvironment
The idea of overseas plantation conjures images of vast tracts of planting, but most sites dedicated to plantations in which Japanese firms, are engaged were previously pastures or abandoned farmlands, and are small, scattered mosaics of farmland and pasture.
Industrial plantation is generally operated in lands suitable for afforestation, especially paying attention to forest conditions from nursery to harvest.
It is thought that their plantation would result in prevention of erosion and salinization, and in a wider variety of biota than its former state. We also observe the laws and regulations of the country where a plantation is located and conduct afforestation consistent with environmental conservation; for example, excluding natural forests and those lying along rivers and on steep gradients from plantation sites.
New forests on former pastures or ruined farmland absorb larger amount of carbon dioxide and since they are reforested soon after harvest in long-term forestry management, they play a major role in preventing global warming by serving as carbon sinks.
The recent increased involvement of the energy industry including electric power companies and the automobile industry in plantation projects reflects their appreciation towards the function of forests in absorbing carbon dioxide as one means of preventing global warming.
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