The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

Ishinomaki Kankyo Net

Creating the foundations for a stable supply of local seedlings for revegetating disaster areas

Activity grant

Project Description

Raising and planting seedlings to revegetate coastal areas damaged by tsunami and help prevent future disasters. Seedlings from plants that are native to these areas are carefully selected and hand-raised by local people, increasing their appreciation for nature. The concept behind this is that in addition to conserving biodiversity and ecosystems and providing a disaster prevention function, these newly planted trees will have roots in the local community and will send a message of sustainable hope and greenery for children of the future. Over many years people will come together regardless of age, gender, and nationality in order to plant these trees.

Grant year
FY2013 Activity Grants
Grant term
2 years
October 2013 - September 2015
Grant amount
7,000,000 yen
Activity region
Ishinomaki area, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan
Volunteers planting seeds in soil ideally suited for germination

Overview of the Organization

Hisashi Takahashi, Director
Hisashi Takahashi, Director
Establishment purpose
The group aims to form a society which supports both the natural and human living environments through education and practical activities relating to the environment in the area around Ishinomaki in order to leave a better environment for the people of the future.
Main area of activity
The Ishinomaki area, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan
1 part-time staff member and 45 full members
Annual operating budget
12.12 million yen in 2011, 4.04 million yen in 2012
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Collaborating organizations
Recent activities
  • Tohoku planting project
    Planting trees in rememberance of those lost in the disaster and as a representation of friendship with the people around the world who showed their support in the aftermath. The trees also play a role in providing a barrier to reduce destructive force when a tsunami hits as well as a fixture for reducing carbon dioxide levels.
  • Restoring disaster hit environments
    Using microbial materials to improve living environments and restore industrial infrastructure following disasters. Collaborating to expand activities and search for new rehabilitation possibilities.