Three "Connecting" ProjectsExpanding Activities toward Communities, Society, and the Future
Ahead of COP 10*, Toyota created the Toyota Biodiversity Guidelines (a voluntary policy initiative) in March 2008. These guidelines consist of Toyota's basic philosophy on biodiversity-related initiatives and the following three action items: 1) Contribution through technology; 2) Collaboration and cooperation with society; and 3) Information disclosure. Toyota has been carrying out a variety of activities in accordance with these guidelines.
Initiatives at the New Toyota R&D CenterPromoting Harmony with Nature and Local Communities.
Toyota is constructing a new research and development facility in the overlapping area of Toyota City and Okazaki City. This new facility will serve as a hub for the development of sustainable next-generation mobility. The main design concept is a technical center in harmony with nature and local communities. About 60 percent of the total project site will be preserved as areas for the regeneration of forests and management of yatsuda rice paddies (paddies in low-lying areas) in collaboration with the local community. Toyota actively publicizes project progress and findings.
Initiatives to Conserve Forests and Yatsuda Rice Paddies (Marshy Areas Surrounded by Satoyama)
In the forests and yatsuda rice paddies that make up and surround the planned site, population decline and aging have contributed to problems in the areas of water and soil conservation, rice paddy farming, and biodiversity. Therefore, in developing its business plan, Toyota made the decision, based on the opinions of local environmental organizations and guidance from various specialists in the Technical Evaluation Committee for Conservation of the Natural Environment jointly organized with the Aichi Public Enterprise Bureau, to leave approximately 60 percent of the forests and yatsuda rice paddies unaltered. In planning the new center, Toyota is working to create, maintain, and manage a healthy satoyama ecosystem with a high level of biodiversity, calling these activities "Satoyama Renovation."
Environment Monitoring Committee
To ensure that environmental conservation measures are properly implemented in the forests and yatsuda rice paddies, in March 2012 Toyota established the Environment Monitoring Committee Related to the Construction of the New Toyota R&D Center, together with the Aichi Public Enterprise Bureau, which is responsible for site preparation. The Committee is made up of third party members including experts in various environmental fields and representatives from local environmental protection organizations, and provides guidance and expertise from a professional perspective. It will hold biannual meetings until the R&D center has been in operation for one year.
- Progress in FY2015
- Frogs Join Series of Informational Pamphlets, Bringing Total to Five
Toyota prepares pamphlets about key species symbolizing the satoyama environment in the planned project area, distributes these at events, and makes them available on the this website. In FY2015, Toyota issued a new pamphlet on various species of frog. In addition to the known characteristics of frogs seen in and around the planned project site, the pamphlet uses photos, drawings, and easy-to-understand text to convey new information about the frogs' annual life cycle, based on data gathered through surveys.
We also updated the content of the four pamphlets previously released and shown below. The pamphlet on the Japanese night heron gorsachius goisagi was listed as a reference work in the Japanese Night Heron Preservation Procedure announced by the Ministry of the Environment in June 2016.