Miyawaki Forest Models

Miyawaki Forest Models

The greatest of discoveries are usually a certain mix of enthusiasm, curiosity and sheer determination. The legendary Akira Miyawaki and his famous ‘Miyawaki method’ are a testament to the very same.  In a time where people were yet not totally aware of the impending disasters of climate change that the planet would face, this pioneer helped people discover the simple ways in which they could combat the same. His travels across the beautiful landscape of Japan, along with research assignments across the globe, helped him provide us with a wonderful method to reforest Mother Earths barren landscape. He is currently  Professor Emeritus at Yokohama National University, Director of the Japanese Center for International Studies in Ecology and the 2006 awardee of the Blue Planet Prize.

The power to change must begin with the individual. The Miyawaki Method of aforestation champions simple investment from any individual with even a small amount of open space to spare. Be it their own backyard or an empty parking lot, everyone can set up a forest. These are the fastest and most efficient ways of curbing the alarming carbon dioxide emissions around us. The beauty of the plan came in his discovery of the importance of indigenous plants being used in these specific forests. These took a much shorter time to grow, with his research providing extremely positive results. This literally has opened the door to a ground level reforestation plan that is among our planets best hopes in this crisis.

Some of the salient features of the Miyawaki Method include:

  1. Size is not an issue. From areas as small as 25-50 sq. meters to giants parks, the forest can be built anywhere.
  2.  Interested participants can even try building these wonderful micro-forests right next to their houses.
  3. Indigenous plants are the only ones that will be recommended for any forest.
  4. The entire plantation includes many sub-species which include shrubs, subtrees, trees, climbers, emergent trees etc.
  5. One of the specific aims of the project is to include as many species as possible in a given area

Most sites have shown amazing results inside the first 2-3 years. Forests that would take 100 years in nature, can be set up inside 10-15 years. The ramifications of this on a rapidly deforesting planet are immense.