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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  NEWアイコン

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   NEWアイコン

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).


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