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NICE-SCC-20-3 JAPÓN Minamata, Kumamoto ENVI,AGRI 25/10/2020 06/12/2020

Yumefukuro M3 (Kumamoto) | NICE-SCC-20-3 | 2020-10-25 - 2020-12-06 | ENVI,AGRI | Age: 18 - 99


This project is actively working for SDG13 (Climate Action) and SDGS15 (Life on Land). This project has been organized with Shokubutsu Shigen No Chikara (Power of Natural Resource), a local NPO. It’s been hosting short term workcamps every year since 1992 that has made various kinds of great impacts to create a forest on the reclaimed land, etc. Minamata had experienced the terrible industrial pollution called Minamata disease though it si completely safe and clean now. Since 2016, the project has been organized also as a part of SCC (Stop Climate Change) projects initiated by NICE with NVDA (Asian network) and partner NGOs in 3 other countries (Cambodia, Indonesia and India). As well as many other parts of Japan, bamboo trees, originally brought from China by human being, have been severely spreading and damaging the other trees and eco-system. Another work is to revitalize the marine environment. The beaches have a lot of rubbish, but when it’s clean, there is a lot of sea food such as oysters and sea urchins. Rehabilitation of seaweed forests is taking place since a few years ago. There will be also two short term workcamps in 09/20-10/03 and 10/25-11/07 to work and live together with this mid term workcamp. Last year, 4 LMTVs from 4 countries and 6 STVs from 5 countries, together with local people, maintained 1ha of bamboo forest, made 541 kg of charcoal and reduced 1.1 ton of CO2 emission.

Work: 1. Trimming bamboo trees that can increase the whole amount to fix carbon in the forest. 2. Making bamboo charcoal from ones cut in the Work 1 to be used as fuel instead of oil. 3. Other work such as harvesting paper mulberry trees, citrus fruits, onions, helping to run marine environmental education for middle school students and ocean life investigation. * Working time will be normally 7–8 hours per day and 5 days a week.

Accomodation and food: 2 floors house rent for the volunteers (1-2 persons per room besides the short term workcamps period). Kitchen, toilet, wifi and bath are equipped. Volunteers need to cook by yourselves.

Location: Minamata, Kumamoto

Location and Leisure: *Location: Southern part of Kumamoto prefecture in Kyushu, one of the four main islands of Japan. It faces a beautiful semi-closed sea called Shiranui-kai and has some gorgeous natural scenery. *Other activities: Join the local events etc. Sightseeing, short trip (hot springs, famous places here). There may be about 1 week holiday before or after the second short term workcamp.

Train/Bus station: The nearest airport is Kagoshima airport. Volunteer needs to arrive there by 11:00 on the first day and can leave there after 20:00 on the last day.

Requirements: *Language: English  The local host can speak some English. Japanese is also welcomed! *Other requirements: High motivation to the climate change and other environmental issues and actions, as well as respect to the local culture and way of the local organization are necessary!

Language: eng

Extra Fee: 18000 JPY

*Participation fee: 18,000 yen.