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Promoting forest management through the vitality of the private sector for the realization of carbon neutrality  NEWアイコン

In order to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, it is important to not only reduce carbon emissions, but to secure and strengthen the ability of forests to absorb and store CO2. Therefore, in addition to existing public works, it is necessary to further promote forest management through the vitality of the private sector.

To this end, the Forestry Agency established the "Forests × Decarbonization Challenge" in 2022, which honors forest management efforts supported by corporations and others, and the winners were selected in May of the same year. In June, the Award Winners Report was released to publicize their outstanding efforts contributing to decarbonization.

Additionally, in June 2022, an easy-to-perform method to evaluate the contribution of investment projects to carbon neutrality and ensuring biodiversity, etc. in order to facilitate smooth and proper decision making regarding investment projects in the forest and forestry sectors was formulated in light of the growing potential for investments.

Recreation Forests of Japan

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The Forestry Agency has established "Recreation Forests" within national forests across Japan to provide the people with the opportunity to enjoy beautiful scenery and rich wilderness in the forest.
As of April 2016, there are 1,055 Recreation Forests designated all over the country. 
This website aims to provide you with a series of information on ‘Recreation Forests’ that we strongly (or proudly) recommend to both domestic and foreign tourists.
As our first selection, we would like to introduce to you the following five Recreation Forests.

Japanese Lumber to the World

As forest resources in Japan have come to maturity, it is important to promote cyclical use of them through increasing the use of lumber. Besides the housing sector, the use of lumber is expected to grow in public facilities, office buildings and others. Outside Japan, demand for lumber is forecast to increase due to economic development and population growth in emerging economies. Japanese lumber is expected to meet such demand as well.

In the meantime, efforts to boost exports of forest products are emerging in various parts of Japan. Among them is the production of highly durable lumber treated at high temperatures and high-performance wooden window products.

The Forestry Agency, in cooperation with prefectural governments, has collected such efforts underway to increase exports of forest products in various parts of the country and compiled this report as the “Case Studies of Forest Products Exports – Japanese Lumber to the World”.

The Montréal Process

The Montréal Process is an initiative to promote the development and application of criteria and indicators for conservation and sustainable management of temperate and boreal forests. Its 12 member countries are Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Uruguay, and the United States of America. The initiative is named after the venue of the expert seminar on sustainable forest management of temperate and boreal forests held in 1993 in Montreal, Canada, where discussion started. Since the Working Group was formed, in 1994, it has been working on the development and revision of criteria/indicators, collection of data based on the indicators, and development of country reports.

The country report of the Montreal Process aims to analyze and explain the progress towards achieving sustainable forest management in each member country based on the seven criteria for sustainable forest management.

This 3rd Country Report has developed a synthesis of trends of the changes in the circumstances surrounding Japan’s forest and forestry after the compilation of the 2nd Country Report, based on the 54 indicators revised in 2009 and in the light of the revised Technical Notes on Implementation of the Montreal Process Criteria and Indicators, Criteria 1-7 (the 3rd edition).

Japan’s Voluntary National Report to the United Nations Forum on Forests

The first-ever UN Strategic Plan for Forests (UNSPF) which provides an ambitious vision for global forests in 2030 was forged at United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) and was adopted by the UN Economic and Social Council and the UN General Assembly on April 2017. UNSPF contains six Global Forest Goals and 26 associated targets, to be achieved by 2030. These Goals and their associated targets are at the heart of UNSPF and are aimed at contributing to progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the Paris Agreement adopted under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

UNFF will conduct a midterm and the final review of the effectiveness of the international arrangement on forests in achieving its objectives. Voluntary national reports are a vital source of information for assessing progress towards implementation of the UNSPF and its Global Forest Goals and targets and the United Nations Forest Instrument.

Japan had compiled its national report based on the new format for voluntary national reporting adopted in 2018 and subsequently submitted the report to UNFF in 2019.

Wood Design Award

The Forestry Agency promotes the “Wood Design Award”, which acknowledges products and initiatives that seek to rediscover the goodness and value of wood from the perspective of consumers.

The cartoons which convey the appeal of forests, forestry, and the lumber industry   

We hope you enjoy the cartoons and support forestry and forest conservation in Japan.

The Forestry Agency made presentations at The Fifth World Landslide Forum   NEWアイコン

"The fifth World Landslide Forum" is an international conference held by International Consortium on Landslides together with UNESCO and UNDRR, which are support organizations, with the aim of exchanging information, forming networks, and promoting research on efforts to mitigate landslide disasters around the world. The following two themes made presentation by The Forestry Agency at the World Forum.

Theme:“Efforts and results of mountain area conservation by Forestry conservancy projects “
             “Examples of recent landslide countermeasures by conservancy projects “
Date   :5th November 2021
Place  :Kyoto International Conference Center (Takaragaike, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan)

“Efforts and results of mountain area conservation by Forestry conservancy projects “

“Examples of recent landslide countermeasures by conservancy projects “

Regeneration of Forests and Forestry

The impacts of radioactive substances are still under various ongoing investigations, including monitoring by national and prefectural governments and the Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute.

Japan's Wood imports in 2020(PDF : 158KB)

This document illustrates the total value and volume of Japan's wood imports in 2020, including Log, Lumber, Plywood, Laminated Lumber, Woodchip and Woodpellet.

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