The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

The Nature Conservation Society of Japan (NACS-J)

Developing citizen-participation methods for researching the connection between people and nature and building a database

Activity grant

Project Description

Regional development that is respectful of the diversity of life requires scientific research into the natural environment, but it is also important to consider social aspects, such as the thoughts of local people towards their region and its environment, and to advance initiatives based on this. This project aims to establish methods for carrying out a survey into people's relationship with their environment, which will clarify areas such as how local people view their region's nature, to what extent the natural environment of the area they live in is involved in their everyday life, and the agricultural and woodland management methods they use. These research methods will then be compiled into a manual and shared using workshops and the like. The results of research carried out will also be used to make a 'relationship map' that can be used as a reference material for conservation and regional development.

Preservation of biodiversity and ecosystem
Grant year
FY2006 Activity Grants
Grant term
2 years
July 2006 - June 2008
Grant amount
14,128,000 yen
Activity region
Creating a 'relationship map'

Overview of the Organization

Sadatoshi Tabata, Executive Director
Sadatoshi Tabata, Executive Director
Establishment purpose
NACS-J was established to contribute to the conservation of the environment for current and future generations by conducting a wide range of conservation initiatives, including research that illuminates the importance of environmental conservation, protecting animal habitats and breeding areas, and conserving natural resources and biodiversity. It also strives to use this work to deepen the understanding between people and the environment.
Main area of activity
Japan and overseas
27 full-time staff members
Annual operating budget
472.36 million yen in 2005, 302.86 million yen in 2006, 339.69 million yen in 2007
WEB site
Recent activity
The society engages in the following activities in order to acheive its establishment purpose:
  • (1) Conservation and environmental research
  • (2) Collecting, managing, and sharing information relating to conservation and the environment
  • (3) Making conservation policy recommendations
  • (4) Implementing conservation initiatives aimed at protecting and restoring animal habitats and breeding grounds
  • (5) Raising awareness about conservation by publishing printed materials, creating electronic media, and holding events
  • (6) Holding courses and the like to cultivate people to lead environmental education, such as nature tour guides
  • (7) Carrying out environmental education through the establishment and operation of nature observation and research centers
  • (8) Communicating and creating partnerships with other conservation-related organizations both in Japan and abroad
  • (9) Anything else deemed necessary for acheiving the society's goals