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NICE-20-1025A JAPÓN Minamata, Kumamoto ENVI 25/10/2020 07/11/2020

Yumefukuro S3 (Kumamoto) | NICE-20-1025A | 2020-10-25 - 2020-11-07 | ENVI | Age: 18 - 99

This project is actively working for SDG 13 (Climate Action) and SDGs 15 (Life on Land), organized together with NAP (Nobel Apolication of Plant resources) since 1992 and since 2016, as a part of SCC (Stop Climate Change) projects initiated by NICE with NVDA (Asian network). NAP is a local NPO to recover natural ecosystem cycles. Minamata had experienced the terrible industrial pollution though it is completely safe and clean now. As well as many other parts of Japan, bamboo trees, originally brought from China by human being, are severely spreading and damaging the eco-system. Also, 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 done since a few years ago. Volunteers will work and live together with the mid term workcampers (Sep. 20-Dec. 06) which vols are also recruited. *Outcome of this workcamp: Workcamps have made various kinds of great impacts to create a forest on the reclaimed land, etc. 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. Please see the long-term goal of this project as Local SDGs athttps://www.slideshare.net/nice-workcamp/17-82084627 (only Japanese for the moment, but you can at least enjoy the pictures!)

Work: Volunteers will mainly trim the bamboo trees that can increase the whole amount to fix carbon in the forest and make the bamboo charcoal to be used as fuel instead of oil as carbon offset project. Other work will include practicing the traditional dance and joining the local festival, harvesting paper mulberry trees, citrus fruits, rice and helping to run marine environmental education for middle school students.

Accomodation and food: Volunteers house (Volunteers will borrow the bathrooms of neighbors that creates nice exchange). Cooked by volunteers. Sleeping bag is needed! Moved by the bicycle.

Location: Minamata, Kumamoto

Location and Leisure: South west in Kyushu islands. People are cheerful and many of man like to drink sake!! If lucky, you could enjoy parties under cherry flowers! Leisure: To join the local festival, exchange party, excursion, etc. Study theme: Climate change, eco life, forests and future plan about Minamata. Bring some info.!

Train/Bus station: The nearest airport is Kagoshima and there is LCC from Tokyo (Narita) by Jetstar and Osaka by Peach. From Kagoshima airport to the meeting point, it takes 2 hours by bus. You need to arrive at Kagoshima by 11:00, Tokyo by 07:00 and Osaka by 06:00 on Oct. 25 and can leave there after 20:00 on Nov. 07 from Kagoshima and mid night from Tokyo/ Osaka.

Requirements: Be able to ride a bicycle. High interest in environmental issues and their activities, big motivation to work hard, open mind, cooperation with others. Any experience and skills of the environmental work, Carbon research and Crowd funding are welcomed!

Language: eng

Extra Fee: 6000 JPY

2-3 months volunteers of SCC (Stop Climate Change) are also welcomed! (09/20-12/06, 09/20-11/07, 10/25-12/06)