The Oji Group engages in activities for protecting and nurturing endangered species, recovering ecosystems, and other activities in cooperation with governments, administrative authorities, environmental NPOs, academics, local residents, and other parties.
Pan Pac Forest Products, an Oji Group company, conducts activities for protecting the kiwi, a rare bird species, in cooperation with the Ministry for the Environment of New Zealand, citizen volunteers, and other parties. For these activities, the company has designated land of an area of approximately 40 hectares as a kiwi sanctuary for protecting kiwi chicks. Chicks and eggs in the surrounding area are captured and collected, and chicks that are captured or hatched from the collected eggs are nurtured in the sanctuary before being returned to the wild.
In June 2019, Pan Pac was named Community Corporate Sponsor of the Year at a national kiwi conference held by Kiwis for kiwi, a kiwi protection organization.
One of the largest overseas forest plantations of the Oji Group is owned by CENIBRA, which operates the eucalyptus plantation and pulp businesses in Brazil. CENIBRA owns and manages a 150,000 hectares forest plantation and 100,000 hectares forest reserve areas. In the forest reserve areas, in accordance with the Brazilian Forest Law, natural forests as well as steep slopes and areas around water sources such as wetlands are left unharvested to preserve biodiversity. In cases where natural forest in a forest reserve area is lost due to erosion, wildfire, or other such events, the company plants indigenous species of trees so that the environment can recover (restoration of natural forest).
Diverse wildlife species are observed in the forest plantation areas of CENIBRA. The symbol of the company’s biodiversity initiatives is the Macedonia Farm, a 560-hectare area that is registered as a natural forest reserve (RPPN*). In this forest, the company has been engaged in activities for breeding the Mutum (a relative of the curassow), an endangered bird species, and returning them to the wild, jointly with an NPO since 1990. CENIBRA also provides environmental education related to forests and biodiversity to schools and local communities and conducts wide-ranging monitoring surveys of flora, fauna, and water resources in the forest on a regular basis.
In 2009, Oji Holdings established the Sarufutsu Itou Conservation Council with a local NPO, administrative bodies, researchers, and others for the purpose of protecting the Japanese huchen, or the sea-run taimen (Hucho perryi), an endangered species that lives in the river zone of the Sarufutsu mountain forest in Sarufutsu village, Hokkaido. An area of 2,600 hectares including the river zone was designated a conservation area, and conservation activities are conducted.
The fairy pitta is a migratory bird with multiple body colors and a body length of around 20 centimeters. It is listed as a class IB endangered species on the Red List of the Ministry of the Environment.
In August 2016, Oji Holdings concluded an agreement to protect the fairy pitta with the Ecosystem Trust Society at the 260 hectares of company-owned forest, which is adjacent to the fairy pitta sanctuary of the organization.