The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

Green Globe (Chikyuu no Midori o Sodateru-kai)

Improvement and expansion of existing nursery facilities to supply seedlings for reforestation of devastated areas, including coastal levees

Activity grant

Project Description

Akira Miyawaki (our advisor and Professor Emeritus, Yokohama National University) advocates the concept of forested coastal levees. This project combines the disposal of the rubble from devastated areas and the creation of wooded areas. In future it is expected that the number of local governments and groups involved in tree planting will increase, and there is an urgent need to supply seedlings for this purpose. To address this pressing need, we are upgrading the facilities at existing tree nurseries, including the introduction of irrigation systems, expanding them and setting up seedling supply systems. Our organization's fields are an important source of tree seedlings for Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures. Since they are located at the southern limit of the region in which outdoor seedling raising is possible we are improving our facilities and integrating them so that we can contribute to the recovery of the disaster-affected areas through the production of the high volume of tree seedlings required for forested coastal levees.

Climate changePreservation of surface soil and forestsPreservation of biodiversity and ecosystem
Grant year
FY2012 Activity Grants
Grant term
1 year and 6 months
April 2012 - September 2013
Grant amount
2,098,000 yen
Activity region
Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
Field growing tree seedlings for green tide breakwaters

Overview of the Organization

Akiko Ishimura, Director
Akiko Ishimura, Director
Establishment purpose
Carry out the following work to protect the global environment, help maintain the safety and physical and mental health of local residents, to help them to lead better lives.
  • (1) Tree planting to bring suitable greenery to bare land.
  • (2) Promote the greening of regions to devastated parts of Japan or where appropriate tree panting is necessary.
  • (3) Carry out educational programs to tell society about our work.
Main regions of project activity
Tsukubamirai City, Ibaraki Prefecture; Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture; Kunming City, Yunnan Province, China
3 full-time staff members, 1 part-time staff member, 124 full members
Annual business scale (ordinary income)
13.25 million yen in 2009, 25.22 million yen in 2010, 24.91 million yen in 2011
Affiliated organizations
Akarui Shakai-zukuri Tsukuura Kyougi-kai
Main activities
Domestic activities
  • (1) Raising and managing tree seedlings for tree planting.
  • (2) After thinning, clearing and plowing, planting with mainly evergreen broad-leaved tree seedlings is carried out within the Mt. Tsukuba Shrine forest area, to re-introduce healthy forests.
  • (3) Tree planting by companies and schools that have made requests to us.
Overseas activities
  • (1) Practice in planting trees and tree planting of appropriate tree species in Kunming City, Yunnan Province, China.