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Biodiversity Conservation

Policy/Philosophy

Based on the damage done to biodiversity in Japan and overseas due to changes in socio-economic activity, we are more aware of the importance of biodiversity for the creation of a sustainable society. As a member of international society, we intend to promote activities that contribute to biodiversity conservation by sharing roles and responsibilities with all the people and working together with them. For this purpose, we have established the "Nissan Chemical Biodiversity Action Guidelines".

In addition, in October 2015, we participated in the Japan Business and Biodiversity Partnership to promote our initiatives for biodiversity.

Nissan Chemical Biodiversity Action Guidelines

Our corporate philosophy is "We contribute to society in harmony with the environment, based on our excellent technologies, products, and services." We at the Nissan Chemical Group engage in business activities that take into account biodiversity and help protect the global environment.

  1. We will understand, analyze, and evaluate the impact of our products on biodiversity throughout their lifecycle and strive to reduce the impact. We will work to preserve biodiversity and ensure the sustainable use of biological resources.
  2. We will strive to raise each employee’s awareness of biodiversity through responsible care activities.
  3. We will continue to carry out social contribution activities that help preserve biodiversity and earn us the high esteem and trust of society.
  4. We will disclose the results of these initiatives to deepen the level of communication with society.

Activities

Our Biodiversity Initiatives

Nissan Bio-Park Nishi-Hongo

Nissan Bio-Park Nishi-Hongo is a biotope which has been operated by the Toyama Plant since October 2008 for the purpose of "creating spaces with biodiversity, mainly waterfront and community-based forests, to provide places where employees of the plant and local residents can relax" and has wetlands, ponds, brooks, lawn plazas and flower fields on approximately 2 hectares of land.

We are also involved in the cultivation of fireflies and beetles and the breeding of the endangered Nihon Medaka with the cooperation of local residents, and retired and current employees of the plant. In addition, children from neighboring nursery schools pick up tulips, and dig bulbs of them, and elementary school students learn natural observations.

Such efforts were appreciated and received the 8th RC Grand Prix Award from the Japan Chemical Industry Association in 2014.

Nissan Bio-Park Nishi-Hongo

Nissan Bio-Park Nishi-Hongo

 

Nissan Bio-Park Nishi-Hongo

Fujimae-Higata Clean-up Activities

Since May 2016, the Nagoya Plant has participated in the Fujimae-Higata Clean-up Activities (twice a year in spring and autumn) with cooperation by employees of Nagoya Plant and subcontractors to conserve the tideland registered under the Ramsar Convention.

In 2004, four citizen collectives formed the Fujimae-Higata Clean-up Activities Planning Committee in cooperation with the government and companies to conduct a clean-up activities by river basin citizens and citizen’s groups with the objectives of “making Fujimae-Higata free from shame in the Ramsar Convention,” “restoring tidal flats and rivers that children can play with peace of mind,” and “forming a network to think about the waste and water of the entire river basin”.

As part of our initiatives to conserve biodiversity, we will continue to contribute to the conservation of valuable tidal flat, where migratory birds gather as transit sites for long journeys.

Fujimae-Higata Clean-up Activities

Fujimae-Higata Clean-up Activities

 

Support for “Kurohama-numa Shuhen no Shizen wo Taisetsu ni Suru Kai” and Dialogues with It

For many years, "Kurohama-numa Shuhen no Shizen wo Taisetsu ni Suru Kai (Society for Cherishing the Natural Environment around Kurohamanuma Pond)", an NPO in Hasuda City, Saitama Prefecture, has been engaged in activities for conserving the biodiversity of the area around Kurohamanuma Pond, which is designated as the No.11 Land for Conservation by Trust (Trust Hozen 11-gou chi) by the Saitama Greenery Trust Association of Saitama Prefecture.

Since FY2016, we have supported this organization, and in an average year, representatives from the CSR & Public Relations Office, the Environment, Safety & Quality Assurance Department, and the Biological Research Laboratories visit the environmental learning center (Kankyo Gakushu-Kan) in Hasuda City managed by the NPO to exchange opinions on biodiversity conservation.

We will continue to support the NPO which conducts the community-based activities.

Support for the Conservation of Pinus Pentaphylla

Support for the Conservation of Pinus Pentaphylla

Since FY2016, Sodegaura Plant has participated in efforts to protect and restore the Pinus pentaphylla, which was selected as the endangered species by Chiba Prefecture.

 

Participation in the Membership Program of Armand Bayou Nature Center

Nissan Chemical America Corporation participated a corporate membership of Armand Bayou Nature Center (ABNC).

ABNC is one of the largest urban wilderness preserve in the U.S. ABNC contains 2500 acres of the natural wetlands forest, prairie and marsh habitats once abundant in the Houston/Galveston area. ABNC is home to over 370 species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. The Center’s stewardship programs ensure that future generations have the opportunity to experience a wilderness close to home. ABNC’s educational programs promote the value of preservation and conservation of natural resources. These programs also encourage everyone to incorporate ecological concepts into their daily lives.

Participation in the Membership Program of Armand Bayou Nature Center

 

Conservation and creation of familiar greenery, Conservation of water quality

The Onoda Plant is implementing activities related to (7) the conservation and creation of familiar greenery and (8) the conservation of water quality (clear stream), described in the program 1 "Promotion for Rich Biodiversity Conservation and Regeneration" under the section 3 "Conservation of Biodiversity that Supports Life and Living" of the Yamaguchi prefecture’s basic plan for the environment (The third plan, 2013-2020). As efforts of conservation and creation of familiar greenery, we have been planting at prefectural roads, participating in the Japanese Archipelago Clean-up Activity, and maintaining and improving the greenery of the site. In addition, we have been cleaning the coast of Ariho River as an effort of conservation of water quality.

Planting of prefectural roads

Planting of prefectural roads

Cleaning of the coast of Ariho River

Cleaning of the coast of Ariho River

 

TOPICS:Meiji Memorial Oiso Garden

Nissan Green & Landscape Co., Ltd. undertook maintenance and management operations at the Meiji Memorial Oiso Garden in Oiso Town, Kanagawa Prefecture, from September to November in 2018 as part of the maintenance and management of Showa Kinen Park, which was ordered from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

Meiji Memorial Oiso Garden has been maintained by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism in order to integrally preserve and utilize the constructions and greenery of the Meiji Period represented by former Ito Hirobumi Residence (Sorokaku) as historical and cultural heritage. Approximately 44,000 square meters of premise designated as scenic area includes residences (former Okuma Shigenobu Villa and former Mutsu Munemitsu Villa) built during the Meiji Period, which remain appearance symbolizing Shonan’s mansion culture, and gardens importing pine forests along the sea and Sagami Bay as borrowed scenery. Around the garden, green area designated as a special greenery conservation district is spread.

The main purpose of this service was to maintain the premise so that it could be temporarily open to the public prior to the full-scale maintenance projects (A part of the premise was opened to the public from October 23 to December 24, 2018). During conducting the daily inspections and examinations on the premise, it was noticed that there were pine trees that were withering rapidly.

From the landscape company's point of view, "pine wilt disease" was suspected. As a result of immediate investigation and analysis, a positive response was detected. Pine wilt disease is a very powerful infectious disease that is transmitted by longicorn beetles and so threatening that local pine forests are devastated if control is neglected. Therefore, Nissan Green & Landscape Co., Ltd. shared the results of the investigation with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and Oiso town, and established a route to smoothly proceed with the subsequent conservation activities.

Pines that grow in this area along the coast play a part of important public interest role in protecting local livelihoods from blowing sand and tidal winds from the sea. They also have multifaceted function of maintaining the beautiful pine forest landscape and the ecosystem peculiar to the coastal pine forest that have continued since the Meiji Period. Nissan Green & Landscape Co., Ltd. received the "Excellent Construction and Excellent Construction Engineers Bureau Chief Award" from the Kanto Regional Development Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism because the efforts to preserve the historically valuable environmental and to realize a prosperous society supported by ecosystem services were comprehensively evaluated.

Meiji Memorial Oiso Garden

Meiji Memorial Oiso Garden

 

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Conservation and creation of familiar greenery, Conservation of water quality Nissan Bio-Park Nishi-Hongo Fujimae-Higata Clean-up Activities Support for “Kurohama-numa Shuhen no Shizen wo Taisetsu ni Suru Kai” and Dialogues with It Participation in the Membership Program of Armand Bayou Nature Center Support for the Conservation of Pinus Pentaphylla