Miyawaki is a technique pioneered by Japanese botanist Akira Miyawaki, that helps build dense, native forests. The approach is supposed to ensure that plant growth is 10 times faster and the resulting plantation is 30 times denser than usual. The Miyawaki method of reconstitution of “indigenous forests by indigenous trees” produces a rich, dense and efficient protective pioneer forest in 20 to 30 years, where natural succession would need 300 to 500 years in the tropics. The method involves planting dozens of native species in the same area, and becomes maintenance-free after the first three years.
St. Paul’s College, Kalamassery adopted the Miyawalki method to add more greenery to its campus. The alumni, students and teachers of the college planted over 2500 saplings in the campus in June 2020. This green initiative was inaugurated by Rev. Fr. Mathew Kallingal, Vicar General of Arch Diocese of Verapoly. The project was supported by CSR funds of GST Global.