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India pledges to adopt Miyawaki projects under the Paris Agreement to expand its green cover from 25 to 33 percent. After that, the Telangana Government introduced this Japanese afforestation method to increase the state’s vegetation. It also helped impose plantation targets under Telanganaku Haritha Haaram (TKHH).
What Is the Miyawaki Method?
Japanese botanist Akira Miyawaki endowed the Miyawaki technique to create dense forests with native plants. This unique method is used worldwide for urban afforestation by growing a forest in someone’s backyard.
Requirements for Afforestation through the Miyawaki Method
- The Miyawaki afforestation method requires quite a small space, at least 20 square feet.
- One must seed plants very close to save space and dense plant growth. This will also allow young trees to protect each other and block sunlight from hitting the forest’s ground, preventing parasitic plant growth.
- This process must attain plant growth 10 times faster, and vegetation 30 times denser than usual.
- One must maintain such a forest for at least 3 years, according to the Miyawaki method.
Process of Afforestation through Miyawaki Method
- Step 1: Examine the Soil Texture and Measure Biomass
- Step 2: Select Native Species for Plantation
- Step 3: Prepare the Ground and Equip the Forest Area
- Step 4: Start the Plantation Process
- Step 5: Take Care of the Forest for the Next 3 Years