The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

Chikyu Ryokuka Club

Cultivating personnel to create and implement sustainable model forests and carry out environmental education in Tonguri village, Mongolia

Activity grant

Project Description

Mongolia's shift to a market economy has created a big demand for wood. Local forests have been successively logged, leaving mountainsides bare. A 2007 forestry law has put a halt to most of the logging activities, but forests have yet to recover. This reduction in forests has led to a decrease in the grasses that are an important food for livestock and wild animals. This project aims to rejuvenate biodiverse forests by planting multiple native species, and using these as forest-recovery models and environmental education spaces. It will also develop seedling nurseries with the aim of creating self-sufficient businesses.

Ecosystems and the Symbiotic Society
Grant year
FY2014 Activity Grants
Grant term
3 years
October 2014 - September 2017
Grant amount
4,498,000 yen
Activity region
Tonguri village, Mandal Sum, Selenge, Mongolia
Planting Japanese larch in an area with similar conditions to the planned forest (Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China)

Overview of the Organization

Eijiro Hara, Representative Director
Eijiro Hara, Representative Director
Establishment purpose
Environmental volunteer organizations tend to be passionate and ambitious. However, in order to carry out conservation activities, skills, experience and judgement are needed in addition to this passion. A strong nerve is also crucial. If these elements cannot be brought together, activities are carried out less thoroughly and become exercises in self-satisfaction. Chikyu Ryokuka Club was established on the principle that we are not project leaders, but supporters for independent activities being carried out by local peoples.
Main areas of activity
Sengele, Mongolia; Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China; Phetchaburi Province, Thailand; Miyake-jima, Tokyo; others
3 full-time staff members, 3 part-time staff members, 88 full members
Annual operating budget
12.75 million yen in 2012, 12.90 million yen in 2013, 13.66 million yen in 2014
WEB site
Collaborating organizations
Local community groups
Recent activities
  • Desert greening projects in the Kubuqi Desert and Hongshan Daku Shadi, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
  • Fighting global warming by creating biodiverse forests in Zhuozi County and Wuchuan County, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
  • Project Asian Dust with Tottori University's Arid Land Research Center
  • Creating biodiverse forests in Selenge, Mongolia
  • Wild animal conservation acitivities in Kaeng Krachan National Park, Thailand
  • Planting activities supporting forest recovery on Miyake-jima, Tokyo