The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

Sendai 'City of Trees' National Trust

Regenerating coastal forest barriers as 'citizen-cared' environments

Activity grant

Project Description

Leveraging its 'citizen care greening system' (working with local residents to collect seeds from suburban forests, plant seedlings and bring them to the city, raise them for several years at their homes, before returning them to forests), the organization will regenerate coastal forest barriers by researching and consulting with local town, cities and universities as to the tree species needed, cultivating seedlings together with local residents, and planting these in cooperation with other volunteers.

Preservation of surface soil and forests
Grant year
FY2011 Activity Grants
Grant term
3 years
October 2011 - September 2014
Grant amount
3,150,000 yen
Activity region
Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan
Planting a forest in the Sendai suburbs

Overview of the Organization

Katsuhiko Nemoto, Director
Katsuhiko Nemoto, Director
Establishment purpose
The trust aims to protect the historical landscape and greenery in the city and suburbs of Sendai, 'City of Trees', by carrying out national trust activities in conjunction with international conservation efforts, and contributing to the development of the city and conservation of the environment.
Main area of activity
Sendai, Japan
1 full-time staff member, 44 part-time staff members, and 25 full members
Annual operating budget
450,000 yen in 2008, 510,000 yen in 2009, 380,000 yen in 2010
WEB site
Collaborating organizations and co-researchers
Current collaborators: Rokugo, Wakabayashi Ward, Sendai; the Shichigo Community Group, Professor Akira Miyawaki's 'creating 300km of forests that protect lives'
Planned collaborators: Miyagi Prefecture Forest Instructors Association, Sendai Shinrinkyousei-kai
Recent activities
  • (1) Suburban forest creation
    Holding annual acorn-gathering family trips at the foot of Sendai's Mt. Izumigatake. Implementing a 'citizen care greening system' involving collecting seeds from suburban forests, planting seedlings, bringing them to the city, and raising them for two years before returning them to forests.
  • (2) Monitoring and maintaining city parks
    Removing pollution from Shintei Marsh in Komatsushima, which is located towards the center of Sendai.
  • (3) Participating in Sendai's 100-year forest creation program
    Actively participating in local planting events and workshops, and contributing to comprehensive city conservation activities.