The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

Japan Habitat Association

Tree-centered environmental conservation efforts in Laos

Activity grant

Project Description

In recent years, the total forest area of Luang Prabang Province has decreased to 40% of its original size. To raise awareness of conservation and build a framework of conservation activities, the Japan Habitat Association will collaborate with local governments, public water departments, schools, and villages to hold workshops with local citizens.

Grant year
FY2013 Activity Grants
Grant term
3 years
October 2013 - September 2016
Grant amount
7,231,000 yen
Activity region
Pak Ou District/Luang Prabang District/Xiengngeun District, Luang Prabang Province, Laos
A workshop held to raise awareness of environmental conservation

Overview of the Organization

Tohru Nakamura, Chairman
Tohru Nakamura, Chairman
Establishment purpose
This project aims to support the enabling populations around the world to live a better life. This is done through publicizing the importance of efforts being made to address human settlement problems, carrying out activities to improve environments, and international cooperation activities in residential areas of the Asia specific region.
Main areas of activity
Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania), South Asia (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bhutan), South East Asia (Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos), Japan (Miyagi Prefecture, Iwate Prefecture, areas affected by the Great East Japan earthquake), other (Haiti)
2 full-time staff members, 8 part-time staff members, 86 full members
Annual operating budget
33.92 million yen in 2011, 31.70 million yen in 2012, 36.86 million yen in 2013
WEB site
Collaborating researchers
  • Luangprabang Water Supply State Enterprise
  • General office of PakOu, Luangprabang and Xieng Ngung District
  • Agriculture office of PakOu, Luangprabang and Xieng Ngung District
  • Education office of PakOu, Luangprabang and Xieng Ngung District
  • Villages in PakOu, Luangprabang and Xieng Ngung District
  • Schools in PakOu, Luangprabang and Xieng Ngung District
Recent activities
We have been focusing on improving living environments for those affected by domestic and foreign conflict, disaster, and poverty, as well as promoting adjustments to school facilities such as rainwater tanks and restrooms to improve the lives of children. We are also working on the issues of waste disposal and deforestation, and urban development and town planning. In the event of a major disaster, we also provide emergency support, and are currently implementing assistance to areas affected by the Great East Japan earthquake and a devastating typhoon in the Philippines.