Green Legacy Hiroshima Initiative

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Green Legacy Hiroshima is a volunteer initiative, established to safeguard and spread worldwide the seeds and saplings of Hiroshima’s A-Bomb survivor trees.  It is hoped that many partners will join this initiative and become active ambassadors in their countries of Hiroshima, its peace message and its green legacy.

グリーン・レガシー・ヒロシマは、広島の原爆を生き抜いた樹木を守り、その種や苗を世界中に届けるために立ち上げられたボランティア団体です。多くのパートナーがこのイニシアティブに参加し、それぞれの国で広島の平和のメッセージを緑の遺産とともに積極的に伝える大使になってくださることを祈念します。


Green Legacy Hiroshima Registered as a Future Heritage Project (Mirai-Isan) by the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan

In December 2014, Green Legacy Hiroshima was registered as a Future Heritage Project (Mirai-Isan) by the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan. The award is given each year to selected projects, that meet the Future Heritage requirements.  The 2015 UNITAR Public Session for Green Legacy Hiroshima was therefore dedicated to a special ceremony marking this nomination.  The Secretary-General of the Japan UNESCO Association, Mr. Noboru Noguchi, alongside members of the UNESCO Japan secretariat came from Tokyo for the ceremony. It was a full-house event, with the Ran conference room at the Peace Memorial International Center full to capacity.  

Green Legacy Hiroshima registered as a Future Heritage Project

The official UNESCO award was handed by the Secretary-General to GLH co-founders, Nassrine Azimi and Tomoko Watanabe.

After the welcome message by the head of the Hiroshima Office Mihoko Kumamoto and a statement by the Mayor of Hiroshima Kazumi Matsui, an introductory video on GLH was presented. Master gardener Chikara Horiguchi and GLH working group member, the architect Akio Nishikiori, made short presentations on the history of Hiroshima's revival.  The official UNESCO award was handed by the Secretary-General to GLH co-founders, Nassrine Azimi and Tomoko Watanabe.  Professor Kosaku Maeda, a prominent scholar of the Silk Road and cultural heritage, gave the superb keynote speech, making a passionate plea for the preservation of humanity's cultural heritage and emphasizing the relevance of Hiroshima's A-bomb survivor trees in this context.

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Photos (from left to right) Mayor of Hiroshima, Kazumi Matsui, Director General, UNESCO Associations of Japan, Noboru Noguchi

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Photos (from left to right) Keynote speaker, Professor Kosaku Maeda, GLH Working Group Members with the UNESCO delegation


Related links

The National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan

Leaflet of the Green Legacy Hiroshima initiative (PDF, 2.7 MB)

The Silk Road as a Path to Peace (keynote speech by Professor Kosaku Maeda, PDF, 6.7 MB, text mostly in Japanese)


Status of 2014-15 Seed Collection

The 2014-2015 season seed collection had its highlight around the Ginkgo biloba survivor tree at Hiroshima's historical Shukkeien Garden on November. 2, 2014. A dozen volunteers -- Green Legacy Hiroshima core team and working group members from UNITAR, Hiroshima University, and Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation -- gathered for the annual, productive activity. Seeds of Kurogane holly at Hiroshima Castle, and Camphor at Motomachi area were also collected on the same day.

On December 15, 2014, seed collection for the Persimmon, Japanese hackberry, and Kurogane holly survivor trees took place at Atago Pond and in Motomachi. Earlier in the season Jujube seeds had been collected from the mother tree on Peace Boulevard.

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List of 2014-2015 available species


Latest News

GLH 15th WG meeting (27 February, 2015)

 

Brescia, Italy

Several kinds of seeds were delivered to two nurseries. Jujube seeds to be grown at Cillarese Park in Brindisi; Jujube, Ginkgo, and Camphor seeds at three parks & gardens in Milano City.

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Cambodia

In the course of education program at Hakushima elementary school, with the efforts of children, two Camphor saplings were delivered to two institutions:

1) Kompong Speu Provincial Teacher Training Center: On Feb. 26, 2015, the sapling planted in the pot with soil. Ms. Junko Shimazu of UNITAR Hiroshima office, joined the ceremony on behalf of GLH.

2) Ministry of Education , Youth and Sport,Kingdom of Cambodia: Presentation ceremony held in March.

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Argentina Buenos Aires Botanical Garden

February 2014: Mr. Komizo, Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, visited the Japanese Garden in Buenos Aires. Persimmon saplings growing well.

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83rd UNITAR Public Session: Green Legacy Hiroshima – A Heritage for the Future

UNITAR Public Session: Green Legacy Hiroshima25 February 2015, Hiroshima, Japan - Green Legacy Hiroshima (GLH), co-founded as a voluntary initiative in July 2011 and institutionally supported by UNITAR, ANT-Hiroshima, as well as other local institutions, has the objective to safeguard and spread worldwide the seeds and saplings of Hiroshima’s A-bomb survivor trees. It now has established partnerships in more than 25 countries.

In December 2014, GLH was registered as a Future Heritage Project (Mirai-Isan) by the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan. The UNITAR Public Session will therefore be dedicated to a special award ceremony, marking this nomination.

Date/Time  Friday, March 6, 2015 18:30-20:15

Location  Hiroshima International Conference Center B2 Conference Room “RAN”

Language  The session will be held in Japanese, English translation is available during Q&A.

Registration  Please register by e-mail to hiroshima@unitar.org, or by telephone (082-511-2424) or fax. (082-211-0511)

Registration fee No registration fees required


Related links

Flyer of the event (Japanese and English, PDF, 491 KB)

Green Legacy Hiroshima webpage

National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan website

Article by YD Bar-Ness on Hibaku trees (PDF, 2 MB)


Green Legacy Hiroshima Initiative awarded the 2014 'Heritage for the Future' status by UNESCO Associations in Japan 

The National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan (NFUAJ) annually selects noteworthy projects able to preserve the local cultural and natural heritages, and pass these to future generations a 100 years hence. These are registered as 'Heritage for the Future' projects.  On December 18, UNESCO Japan announced GLHI as one of three officially registered 2014 Heritage for the Future projects.

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Media coverage

Nichia Gakuin, Argentina

December, 2014: Video message from Julio

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ychx470ea6zk2iw/Message%20for%20GLHI.MOV?dl=0

Griffith University, Australia

December, 2014: Re-potted into larger pots, Ginkgo saplings are growing well in the summer rain and sunshine.

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Baptist Church, UK

On 16 November, Ginkgo seeds from Hiroshima were planted, marking the end of a Week of Prayer for Peace and Reconciliation.

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Hibaku Trees of Hiroshima – Article of Asian Geographic by YD Bar-Ness (PDF)

November 2014: Witness Trees of Hiroshima – Spherical Photodocumentary of Hibaku Jumoku by YD Bar-Ness (PDF)

Nichia Gakuin, Argentina

November 2014: A persimmon sapling was planted in Paul Harris public square of Arroyo Leyes, a small community located 488 kilometers from Buenos Aires, in Santa Fe province.

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Linköping University, Sweden

November 2014: Small planting ceremony with local kids, in presence of mayor, was held with the Ginkgo seeds sent in June, 2014. Either the nursery of Linköping University Hospital, or of the City will keep the pots for winter in a greenhouse.

Green Legacy Hiroshima planting ceremony in Sweden

http://mobil.corren.se/7502286
http://www.corren.se/24corren/?clip=7506597
Mera Linköping articles (PDF, 2.18 MB)

City of Manchester, UK

November 2014: Seeds of Ginkgo tree delivered through Mayors for Peace in August 2014.  Germinated seedlings were introduced on BBC local news: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-manchester-29920359

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GLH 14th WG meeting (29 October 2014)

Report of the meeting (PDF, 188 KB)

Westgate Baptist Church, UK

October 2014: Seeds of Ginkgo dispatched. Peace events scheduled on November 16.

Nichia Gakuin, Argentina

October 2014

A Ginkgo sapling was planted at Liceo Militar General San Martin-- kindergarten, elementary and middle school. Julio, Seed of Peace coordinator, gave presentation on GLHI and their project. Other Ginkgo saplings continue to be planted in other sites.

A Ginkgo sapling was planted at “Kyowa-en,” the recreation and sports facility of Japanese Association Burzaco (AJB). The planting ceremony was held with the attendance of Vice-consul of Japan, JICA Volunteers Coordinator, the Municipality, AJB members, associates and guests

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UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Ethiopia 

October 2014: Mr. Horiguchi, GLH master gardener, visited UNECA (9-15 October 2014) with five species of saplings. He had meetings with Dr. Carlos Lopes and others, including with Mr. Mekete Demisse, a botanist working with ECA. He also gave a presentation on A-bombed trees and GLH to UNECA staff.

On October 24, UN day, a symbolic planting event was held at UN’s African Headquarters. Ambassador of Japan to Ethiopia attended.

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Vilnius University Botanical Garden, Lithuania

October 2014: Seeds successfully germinated and they hope to plant seedlings in garden next year.

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Griffith University, Australia

October 2014: Message from GLH Australian partners: “The Gingko trees are growing well especially with all the sunshine we have been having following the winter months when they lose their leaves but they now have their leaves again and are doing well.  They are still in their pots as it takes a few years before they are ready to plant in the ground.

Botanical Garden of the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

October 7, 2014: A planting ceremony was held with some 50 participants. Five saplings of Ginkgo and Japanese hackberry, about 40-80 cm in height, were replanted into a larger clay pod individually.  These saplings will eventually be planted in the campus of the University, in a year or two, after new university buildings have been completed. GLH was represented by Prof. Shin-Ichi Uye of Hiroshima University.

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http://www.botanikos-sodas.vu.lt/pages/lt/apie-mus/projektai/green-legacy-hiroshima.php

Media coverage

http://www.si.emb-japan.go.jp/zasaditev_drevesa_iz_Hiroshime.html
http://www.siol.net/novice/znanost_in_okolje/2014/10/botanicni_vrt.aspx?hide_hf=1&mob=1
http://www.botanicni-vrt.si/dogodki-novice/564-posaditev-sadik-dreves-potomcev-prezivelih-atomske-eksplozije

Kyoseian, Miyoshi-City, Hiroshima, Japan

October 4, 2014: A Cherry sapling, descendant of the Cherry tree in front of Hiroshima City Hall, was delivered.

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No Gun Ri City, South Korea

September 2014: A Ginkgo sapling was planted in front of No Gun Ri Peace Memorial by the Chairman of its International Peace Foundation Dr. Chung Koodo, alongside Mr. Yasuyoshi Komizo, Chairperson of Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation (Mayors for Peace).

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City of Fremantle, Australia

September 2014: Ginkgo seeds were dispatched in August through Mayors for Peace. Little seedlings have begun to germinate.

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Asian Health Institute, Aichi, Japan

September 2014: A Chinese Parasol sapling, delivered in 2012, is in good health. A picture with international trainees below.

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Yano-Nishi elementary school, Hiroshima, Japan

September 2014: A Ginkgo sapling, planted in the school yard on 14 July, 2014, is growing in good health.

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City of Semey, Kazakhstan

August 2014: A ginkgo sapling was planted on August 29, 2014 at Polkovnichiy Island, Semey, by Mr. Suleymenov, President of Anti-Nuclear Movement (IAM) “Nevada-Semey, and Mr. Komizo, Chairperson of Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation. (Mayors for Peace)

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Tver Botanical Garden, Russia

August 2014: The Botanical Garden of Tver State University hosted the Day of Open Heart on August 6, 2014. A first sapling of a Ginkgo tree, grown from seeds delivered from Hiroshima in June 2013, was planted. A memorial ceremony for victims of Hiroshima’s nuclear tragedy was also held.  The Botanical Garden website states: ‘We are confident that our objectives and activities of the International Competition "Adopt a Tree!” miraculously coincide with the meaning of the "Green Legacy Hiroshima." We have a common world and we should love it! Save this world and preserve life on our planet, we can make it happen all together!’

Media coverage below:

http://garden.tversu.ru/den_otkritogo_serdca_eng.html (in English

http://www.tvernews.ru/news/186672/ (in Russian

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ICRC, Geneva, Switzerland

August 2014: One year from the planting ceremony on Aug. 6, 2013.  The ginkgo tree has many green leaves and looks happy under the sun!

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Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia, Chile

August 2014: Mr. Vincente Pinto, ex-counsellor for Embassy of Chile in Japan, visited the botanical garden of Universidad Austral de Chile. Saplings are growing in good health.  Mr. Pinto describes: ‘Ginkgos bilobas were the first to share their beauty and are now strong with fat buds, waiting their second vigorous sprouting ... one among all is announcing that green spring will come soon ... Cinnamomun camphors are so  generous, just as their parents, full of leaves and growing strongly ... Ilex rotunda were the last to wake up from their sleepy dream to Valdivia and are now just starting to show their first shiny leaves ...’ They have started thinking about the possible sites for planting in the park.

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GLH Thirteenth Working Group Meeting (PDF)


Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

June 28, 2014: Mayor of Sarajevo, Dr. Ivo Komšić, and chairman of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, Mr. Yasuyoshi Komizo, planting a sapling, descendant of an A-bomb survivor Gingko tree. The planting, at Sarajevo's Friendship Park, marked the 100th anniversary of the start of tragic WWI.

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 Asahi Shimbun 25 July, 2014 (in Japanese)

Brescia, Italy

July 2014: GLH was introduced in an Italian magazine “Gardenia,” August issue:(PDF)

'Remembering Hiroshima – Seeds of Peace from A-bombed trees (translated from the Italian) - They are called “Seeds of Peace” and are from 170 trees that survived the 6 August 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima.  Green Legacy Hiroshima Initiative collects the seeds in the autumn and distribute them worldwide to those who make a request.  In Italy, the seeds have arrived at San Giuliano di Susa and in Lampedusa.'


Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU), Beppu City, Japan

June, 2014: The Cherry tree, planted on the campus of APU on October 24., 2013, is growing in good health, beside the commemorative plaque.

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Haragama Kindergarten in Soma City, Fukushima, Japan

June 2014: Saplings of Ginkgo and Chinese parasol planted in December 2012 growing well.

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GetHiroshima Magazine article on GLH co-founders (PDF)

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Link to Summer 2014 GetHiroshima Magazine

Nichia Gakuin, Argentina

June 29: A leafless Ginkgo sapling (it is winter in the Southern Hemisphere!) was presented to priests and parishioners at San Martin´s Cathedral, City of San Martin, Province of Buenos Aires.

https://www.facebook.com/SemillasdePazArgentina

Avon, Massachusetts, USA

June 29: Article in the Boston Globe describes the journey of Hiroshima Gingko saplings to the City of Avon and Harvard University's Arnold Arboretum.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/regionals/south/2014/06/28/avon-joins-lofty-list-places-around-world-host-saplings-trees-that-survived-atomic-blast/NHltgEwMBZkTpua3LlkhKI/story.html


For more information, please contact Green Legacy Hiroshima Initiative Co-Founders/Coordinators


Green Legacy Hiroshima tree database researched and prepared by Nassrine Azimi, Naoko Koizumi, Senkuu and ANT-Hiroshima staff. Logo designed and gifted by Atsushi Seo.

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