The Coca-Cola Bottlers Japan Award was presented to “Aso Green Stock Foundation” at the 32nd Aso Grassland Restoration Committee Meeting

Jul 07, 2021

In the water source area of its Kumamoto Plant (in Kumamoto Prefecture), Coca-Cola Bottlers Japan works on initiatives to return the same amount of water used for manufacturing into nature. We have also been providing our support for Aso Grassland Restoration programs since 2011, in addition to forest conservation activities in which our employees take part and flooding of “strainer paddy fields” in the Otsu/Kikuyo area, and this year marks the 10th year of these activities.

“Strainer paddy fields” refer to such paddy fields that easily let water seep through and are located in the middle basin of Shirakawa River (in Kikuyo and its surrounding areas).

Forest conservation activities in Aso (“Learn from the Forest” project) 

Flooding of strainer paddy fields in Otsu/Kukuyo area


Our support for Aso Grassland Restoration includes the burning of dead grass and the perimeter cutting of grassland to prevent forest fires, with the aim to maintain, preserve, and restore Aso’s biodiversity and ecosystem. We also provide fund for grassland educational programs to nurture successors and a range of other initiatives in which a total of 224 employees of our company have actively volunteered to participate.


Volunteer activity of controlled burning (photo taken in 2012) 

Employees participated in the burning (photo taken in 2017)


Aso Grassland Restoration Committee promotes grassland restoration activities with some 260 member groups and awards those members who make a certain level of achievement.  During its 32nd committee meeting on March 30 (Tue), it presented the awards to eight groups.

Among such groups, we offered a special award “Coca-Cola Bottlers Japan Award” to Aso Green Stock Foundation. 

The Foundation works on voluntourism programs for people living in cities in order to gather and expand volunteers who are willing to support the burning of dead grass.  The programs offer them opportunities to experience the maintenance and appreciation of grasslands and widely spread the value of Aso’s grasslands, thereby contributing to the promotion of more people’s participation in grassland restoration efforts. 


We will continue our efforts in reducing water used in the manufacturing process (Reduce), recycle water used for manufacturing (Recycle), and replenish water in the water source areas (Replenish), in support of the conservation of water sources in our plant areas and preservation of biodiversity.  

→ For our efforts in water resource conservation
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Features of Aso 
Aso's grassland was originally formed by volcanic activities that created one of the world's largest calderas, which provides difficult environments for forests to grow and requires people’s hands to maintain as grassland over the years.
The grassland has been preserved by human activities for agricultural and livestock farming, such as “pasturing”, “mowing”, and “controlled burning”, and sustained its scenery as one of Japan’s largest grasslands, with an area of approximately 15,700 hectare and diverse species of plants and animals living in it.

Biodiversity in Aso
Including Echinops setifer and Jacob's ladder which are only seen in Aso, there are diverse plants and animals unique to grasslands. 
The plant species distributed in Aso total to about 1,600, which accounts for 1/5 of all 8,000 species of vascular plant distributed across Japan (excluding moss and fungi) .
The Aso area is also home to 56 kinds of endangered or rare flora and fauna, such as Jacob's ladder and Large Shijimi Blue.