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Master of the art of growing wild forests in less than 30 years, the most famous Japanese botanist in the world tirelessly pursues his goal of restoring forests as they were at the origin of the world before the intervention of man.

Akira Miyawaki, creator of primary forests

07/07/2017 - Anne-Lise de Reforest'Action


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Born in Japan in 1928, Akira Miyawaki is renowned throughout the world as a specialist in the restoration of natural vegetation on soils that have been degraded by men or natural disasters. Past master of the art of growing wild forests in less than 30 years, the most famous Japanese botanist in the world tirelessly pursues his goal of restoring forests as they were at the origin of the world before the intervention of man.

 

His unique method of planting is based on four main principles:

-the selection of a wide variety of native species of the region, which will best adapt to the planting field;

-the random disposition of seeds in nurseries, which aims to reproduce the complexity of a natural environment in which competition and complementarity between species occur, and which accelerates vegetation cycles;

-soil fertilization using natural materials (recycled wood chips, decomposed plants, humus) before planting young shoots

-the autonomy of the obtained forests: after three years, the trees exceed 2 meters in height; the forest no longer needs man to grow. It can survive independently for more than 9,000 years.

 

 

Recreating ecosystems saved by man

The forests that emerge thanks to Akira Miyawaki are thus distinguished from the forests obtained by a conventional reforestation method by three main aspects:

-a development 10 times faster, thanks to the emulation created between the plants;

-a density 30 times higher, which allows a greater quantity of CO2 to be absorbed;

-a biodiversity 100 times higher, thanks to the density of vegetation that does not allow man to access the forest.

 

Protecting Land

Carbon wells, natural sanctuaries for animals... Dr. Miyawaki's forests are also miraculous in their ability to protect the land, better than any human-built rampart, against natural disasters. After the Fukushima earthquake in 2011, the botanist observes that some coastal temples have been spared the fury of the waves thanks to the primary woods that protected them. In Japan, Dr. Miyawaki undertook to erect tree walls against tsunamis. His forests, scattered throughout the country, are designed to limitate the effects of coastal tidal waves or cyclones on Yokohama harbor, or to limit soil erosion.

 

Restoring tropical forests

But his action exceeds the only Japan: in total, Dr. Miyawaki has planted more than 40 million trees across more than fifteen countries such as Thailand, Brazil or China. Since 1990, he has been working to restore very degraded tropical rainforests such as Bintulu in Malaysia.

Honored with ten awards, including the Blue Planet Award in 2006 for his involvement in nature conservation, he continues to work for a better world, one tree at a time.

4 Comments
Astrologer vedic's picture
I wish to learn this technique. How can I learn it ? Kindly let me know the process. How to contact you for training?
Bingo Del Mar's picture
I'm from Cebu, Philippines and am interested to learn this technique too. Please guide me where I can have more info to learn this process and is there an organization here in the Philippines already doing this where I can join in to learn more about this technique. Thanks in advance.
Andy Kadir-Buxton's picture
Crow's Footing, an aid to increasing crop production For those keen on agriculture I would like to draw your attention to 'Crow's Footing,' which is a way of planting seeds that was told to me by my grandfather, Stanley Buxton. Instead of planting seeds in a set distance between rows we can use equilateral triangles to plant the seeds. The rows are closer together but the seed rows are planted out of sync with the rows on either side. In this way he found it possible to increase food production by 15% on his market garden. This is an interesting statistic for those with 'green fingers' and I have been campaigning to have it used in the Third World for many years. Not only can the amount of 'cash crops' be increased, but more importantly, so can subsistence crops, which are much more important. Mathematical Proof We must subtract the triangle are used from the square area used, so we must use Pythagoras to work out the distance between rows of a crop planted in triangles, the unit of length being the distance that any particular plant has to be away from any other. Height of a triangle can be worked out: a squared + b squared (the height) = c squared b squared = c squared – a squared b squared = 1 squared- 0.5 squared b squared = 1 – 0.25 b squared = 0.75 b = square root of 0.75 b= 0.866 Given that the distance between plants is the same whether planted in squares or triangles then: 1-0.866 = 0.134 Thus reducing size of earth needed by 13.4%, which means that: 1 / 0.866 approximately equals 1.155, or 15% crop increase For example, a field of 100 x 100 units ( a unit being the distance between plants) could have 10,000 square planted plants, but a field of the same size planted in equilateral triangles could have 10,000 divided by 0.866 = 11547 plants, an increase of 1,547 plants. Who needs expensive Genetically Modified crops (1.7% crop increase) with that free increase? It must be noted that if a crop only has two rows, then there will be no benefit in cropping in equilateral triangles if there are seven or less plants in each row due to the edge of the triangle at each end wasting a small amount of space, any greater cultivated area than this gives an advantage. Planting Method for Maximum Plant Size Plants in the UK usually begin life in compost, which is good for seedling's growth because it is soft, and thus is easier on the roots. The problem for plant growth comes when those planting the young plants plant them in the relatively hard soil at a later date; this is because the roots have difficulty adjusting to the hard soil, and thus the adult plants will be stunted. To get a larger adult plant we need to mix compost with the soil they are going to be planted into in equal measures, this will give the roots time to toughen up in the mixture before they meet the hard soil later; this gives a larger plant and thus will increase crop production.`
Andy Kadir-Buxton's picture
Crow's Footing, an aid to increasing crop production For those keen on agriculture I would like to draw your attention to 'Crow's Footing,' which is a way of planting seeds that was told to me by my grandfather, Stanley Buxton. Instead of planting seeds in a set distance between rows we can use equilateral triangles to plant the seeds. The rows are closer together but the seed rows are planted out of sync with the rows on either side. In this way he found it possible to increase food production by 15% on his market garden. This is an interesting statistic for those with 'green fingers' and I have been campaigning to have it used in the Third World for many years. Not only can the amount of 'cash crops' be increased, but more importantly, so can subsistence crops, which are much more important. Mathematical Proof We must subtract the triangle are used from the square area used, so we must use Pythagoras to work out the distance between rows of a crop planted in triangles, the unit of length being the distance that any particular plant has to be away from any other. Height of a triangle can be worked out: a squared + b squared (the height) = c squared b squared = c squared – a squared b squared = 1 squared- 0.5 squared b squared = 1 – 0.25 b squared = 0.75 b = square root of 0.75 b= 0.866 Given that the distance between plants is the same whether planted in squares or triangles then: 1-0.866 = 0.134 Thus reducing size of earth needed by 13.4%, which means that: 1 / 0.866 approximately equals 1.155, or 15% crop increase For example, a field of 100 x 100 units ( a unit being the distance between plants) could have 10,000 square planted plants, but a field of the same size planted in equilateral triangles could have 10,000 divided by 0.866 = 11547 plants, an increase of 1,547 plants. Who needs expensive Genetically Modified crops (1.7% crop increase) with that free increase? It must be noted that if a crop only has two rows, then there will be no benefit in cropping in equilateral triangles if there are seven or less plants in each row due to the edge of the triangle at each end wasting a small amount of space, any greater cultivated area than this gives an advantage. Planting Method for Maximum Plant Size Plants in the UK usually begin life in compost, which is good for seedling's growth because it is soft, and thus is easier on the roots. The problem for plant growth comes when those planting the young plants plant them in the relatively hard soil at a later date; this is because the roots have difficulty adjusting to the hard soil, and thus the adult plants will be stunted. To get a larger adult plant we need to mix compost with the soil they are going to be planted into in equal measures, this will give the roots time to toughen up in the mixture before they meet the hard soil later; this gives a larger plant and thus will increase crop production.`

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