The “Miyawaki method” is well known for the:
Promotion of commercial farming in arid and semi-arid areas
Development of gardens genetically modified flora using
Creation of mini forests in urban areas
Harvesting wind energy on coastal areas and on sea surfaces
(c) Creation of mini forests in urban areas
- The Miyawaki technique is an urban afforestation method by turning someone’s backyard into a forest.
- Miyawaki is a technique pioneered by Japanese botanist Akira Miyawaki, that helps build dense, native forests in a short time.
- It has revolutionized the concept of urban afforestation by turning backyards into mini-forests.
- This method includes planting trees (only native species) as close as possible in the same area which not only saves space, but the planted saplings also support each other in growth and block sunlight from reaching the ground, thereby preventing the growth of weeds.
- The saplings become maintenance-free (self-sustainable) after the first three years.
- Miyawaki Process
- Examine the Soil Texture and Measure Biomass.
- Select Native Species for Plantation.
- Prepare the Ground and Equip the Forest Area.
- Start the Plantation Process.
- Take Care of the Forest for the Next 3 Years.
- The Miyawaki method helps create self-sustaining vegetation within 2 to 3 years, whereas a traditional procedure takes nearly 100 years.
- The approach is supposed to ensure that plant growth is 10 times faster and the resulting plantation is 30 times denser than usual.