The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

The Japan Environmental Education Forum

Community waste management improvement project using waste-pickers in Khulna, Bangladesh - aiming to build environmentally-friendly and socially-considerate societies in South Asia

Activity grant

Project Description

Waste management improvement project in Bangladesh using waste-pickers
This project aims to create a socially-considerate and environmentally-friendly society for waste-pickers in Khulna, Bangladesh. Specifically, this involves reducing social prejudice against these waste-pickers by including them as active participants together with local people in community waste management activities and promoting environmental education in regards to waste management, demonstrating that waste-pickers are a valuable waste management resource. With this activity , the project aims to improve community waste management in Khulna through cooperation between government, waste-pickers and local residents. [Project No. K15-0075]

Relationship between People and Society
Grant year
FY2015 Activity Grants
Grant term
3 years
October 2015 - September 2018
Grant amount
7,200,000 yen
Activity region
Khulna, Khulna District, Khulna Division, Bangladesh
Children searching for usable waste in Khulna

Overview of the Organization

Hideki Sato, project leader
Project organization
The Japan Environmental Education Forum
Tadashi Kawashima, president
Establishment purpose
In 1987, a national meeting was hosted by the Kiyosato Educational Experiment Project from Kiyosato, Yamanashi, to discuss environmental education and the promotion of nature schools, and the Kiyosato Environmental Education Forum was established as a continuation of this meeting. In 1992, the Japan Environmental Education Forum (JEEF) was launched as a voluntary organization, and in 1997 it was incorporated as an organization under the Ministry of the Environment. In 2010 it made a new start as a public interest incorporated association based on the new Public Interest Incorporated Associations act.
Recent activities
JEEF is an NGO comprising a network of individuals involved in environmental education with the goals of 'promoting nature in schools', 'promoting environmental education', and 'supporting environmental education in developing countries'. Recently it has been expanding its range of activities, and is engaged in a broad scope of environmental education initiatives centered on nature experiences with the aim of creating a sustainable society. Specific activities include cultivating people who can lead nature experiences, implementing initiatives in collaboration with companies, making government recommendations, and supporting environmental education internationally.
15 full-time members
WEB site
Representatives comment
We aim to improve life for waste-pickers in Khulna by reducing discrimination and prejudice rooted in dealing with waste, and hope to create a model case for effective waste management through cooperation between government, local people, and waste-pickers.