The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

Iidashi Tenryugawa Kankyo Seibu Kosha

Riverside courses

Activity grant

Project Description

This project involves educating and raising awareness about water resources by holding about 90 courses a year on which anyone from children to adults can learn about the nature, environment, history, and culture of the Tenryu River area. The project involves local people in a variety of roles, including as lecturers, volunteers, and supporting members.

Grant year
FY2007 Activity Grants
Grant term
3 years
July 2007 - June 2010
Grant amount
2,970,000 yen
Activity region
The area around the Tenryu River, primarily Iida city and the Shimoina District, Nagano Prefecture, Japan
A member of a local fisherperson's association catches fish by hand and teaches their names to children on one of the courses

Overview of the Organization

Mitsuo Makino, Director
Mitsuo Makino, Director
Establishment purpose
Maintaining the environment around the Tenryu River, particularly Tenryukyo Gorge, and contributing to the restoration of its beauty and the preservation of river functions, thereby contributing to improving the lives of local residents.
Main area of activity
Iida, Nagano Prefecture, Japan
2 full-time members
Annual operating budget
315.60 million yen in 2005, 286.97 million yen in 2006, 304.40 million yen in 2007
Recent activities
  • (1) Creation and maintenance of riverside cycle paths
  • (2) Beautifying the river environment (trimming riverside grasses with local volunteers, removing fallen trees, litter collecting, exterminating oneseed bur cucumbers, etc.)
  • (3) Promoting and raising awareness of river conservation (managing the Tenryu River Integrated Study Center by request of Iida city, holding riverside courses for children and adults)
  • (4) Clearing sediment from river channels and collecting the accompanying gravel (river bed water control activities include excavating channels, collecting and removing gravel from the confluence of the Tenryu and Achikawa rivers, Kawaji, Tatsue, and Tatsuoka)
  • (5) Anything else required to acheive the establishment purpose