OISCA Coastal Forest Restoration Project accorded “Infrastructure Maintenance Grand Award” by the Japanese Government
On April 28, the Japanese Government announced that OISCA 10-Year Project for Coastal Forest Restoration in Natori City was selected as one of the awardees for the “1st Infrastructure Maintenance Grand Award”.
The Infrastructure Maintenance Grand Award system was established in 2016 by 6 Ministries (Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications; Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology; Health, Labor and Welfare; Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries; Land, Infrastructure and Transport; Defense). It is intended to commend groups and individuals who carried out excellent approaches and technology development related to the maintenance of infrastructure for the purpose of promoting activities by businesses, organizations and researchers involved in infrastructure maintenance, revitalizing the maintenance industry, and also spreading the concept of infrastructure maintenance.
A total of 248 applications were accepted for the Grand Award from mid-November through late December 2016. The Award Selection Committee selected 28 organizations and groups as winners of the Award. OISCA Project received the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Award. It is considered that the Project has been highly valued for the utilization of private vitality and active participation of citizens. The awarding ceremony will be held in late July.
OISCA and the Association for the Restoration of Coastal Forest in Natori City, a group formed by the disaster-affected local farmers, have been carrying out the 10-year project for planting and maintaining 500,000 black pine and other tree species over 100-hecatres’ land along the Natori coastal area devastated by the earthquake and tsunami disaster in March 2011. In addition to 190,000 seedlings already planted over 37 hectares site in the past three years, a total of 70,000 new seedlings are being planted over 13.66 hectares this year. The 4th tree planting ceremony is scheduled to be held on May 20 at the project site, and about 500 people are expected to participate in the event.
The budget of this project is estimated to amount 1 billion yen which is to be financed entirely by donations from private corporations and individuals in Japan and foreign countries. So far, about 500 million yen has been raised.