Oita Canon (Japan)
One-third of the site area at Oita Canon's Oita Office is devoted to a natural forest called the Canon Forest, a result of the plant's original design concept of “harmony with nature.” Many kinds of animals and plant life live together in balance in the forest, including Japanese chestnut trees, five-leaf akebia shrubs, wild strawberries, and Japanese yams as well as butterflies, fireflies, dragonflies, Japanese white-eye, and varied tits. To make this environment even more abundant in wildlife, Oita Canon undertakes a variety of biodiversity preservation activities, such as maintaining the forest by thinning out overgrowth, planting fruit-bearing trees, and creating walkways.
One of the leading example of Oita Canon's biodiversity preservation activities is the Japanese Green Pheasant Project. The project involves breeding and releasing Japanese green pheasants that previously inhabited the area. Since it is difficult to naturally hatch, chicks are hatched with the help of staff that includes volunteers from the plant on the site. Since 2008, 98 pheasants have been successfully hatched on the site. After carefully raising the pheasants, the Oita Plant organizes an event where local elementary school students and the children of employees help release the birds into the wild and attend an environmental lecture to learn the purpose of this activity. In addition, the events are good opportunities to explain biodiversity.
To rear healthy Japanese green pheasants, we, along with volunteers from the plant, carefully monitor and control the temperature and humidity while hatching and raising the birds. Although it takes a lot of effort to maintain the environment surrounding birds, watching them hatch and grow day by day before your eyes is worth the hard work. We hope that through our Project, more employees and local community will learn about biodiversity. We also want to broaden the scope of the project's activities in the future so that more people can participate.