Support for the restoration of nature
Educational program for wildlife conservation in Sri Lanka
Kirin Beverage is funding an educational program for wildlife conservation for young people in tea farms in Sri Lanka.
Leopards are at the top of the food chain in Sri Lanka's ecosystem, but local residents often trap and kill them in traps, raising the need for farmers and local residents to understand the importance of ecosystem conservation.
In 2020, a black panther, said to be a mutation of a leopard that was thought to have gone extinct decades ago, was found in a trap. The black panther was sheltered at the Elephant Transit Home in Udawalawe National Park, but unfortunately died later.
In the wake of this incident, Sri Lankan NGOs, the Department of Wildlife Conservation, academic experts, and farm managers passionate about environmental conservation came together to plan a pilot project to educate young tea farmers about the local ecosystem, which Kirin Beverage helped implement through funding support. The spread of COVID-19 delayed the implementation of this project, but in 2021, two seminars for farm employees and students (69 participants in total) were held in March, and a residential workshop for a total of 43 young people was held in Horton Plains National Park in April and October.
Protection of endemic species in biotopes at manufacturing plants
At the Kirin Brewery’s Yokohama Plant, in an endorsement of the “Yokohama b Plan,” the city’s biodiversity action plan, we built a biotope in the grounds of the plant in the summer of 2012. The Yokohama Brewery, which is part of a widespread network of ecosystems, is pursuing initiatives to enrich the local ecosystem as a whole. Since 2012, the brewery has conducted “Tours to Experience the Blessings of Nature” every week from spring through fall, in collaboration with the Tsurumi River Catchment Network, an NPO with a deep base of knowledge related to the region’s natural environment. (We are currently suspending these tours due to the spread of the COVID-19)
The Kirin Brewery’s Kobe Plant has been cultivating local endangered species, including the fish species, Hemigrammocypris rasborella (golden venus chub), and Pogonia japonica, a species of orchid, in the biotope that we set up in 1997. This biotope functions as a “refuge biotope” for the protection and cultivation of local endangered species.
Since 2005, Kirin Brewery's Okayama Pant has been involved in activities with local communities to conserve the ayumodoki (Parabotia curtus), a nationally designated natural monument. Every year, farmed ayumodoki raised by a local elementary school are released into the biotope on the site, and in cooperation with the Organization for the Protection of Ayumodoki in Seto and other specialists, etc., we work to improve the environment to make it easy for ayumodoki to grow, and conduct regular biological surveys. So far, we have not been able to confirm the spawning of ayumodoki, but in a growth survey that we conducted in 2021, we successfully confirmed the spawning of the Cobitis minamorii, an endangered species whose spawning environment is close to that of the ayumodoki. We also display our aquariums during brewery tours to raise awareness of the conservation of the ayumodoki.
Vending machines for the support of the Borneo Green Corridor
Kirin Beverage endorses the Ongaeshi “Rewarding” Project sponsored by the Borneo Conservation Trust Japan, a specified NPO that conserves Borneo's biodiversity, and operates vending machines that support Borneo and enable users to make donations to the project. We have installed these vending machines in approximately 200 locations throughout Japan, including offices, schools, general buildings, zoos, and construction sites.
Submitting a commitment expressing support for the United Nations Food Systems Summit 2021
The Kirin Group has made a commitment expressing our support for the United Nations Food Systems Summit 2021 (FSS) to be held in New York in September 2021. In future, we will promote initiatives that contribute to the transformation of sustainable food systems.
*The above information is reprinted from the Kirin Group Environmental Report 2022 and is current as of June 30, 2022. Photographs include those taken at the time of the event and may not be up-to-date.