The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

Eco Future Fund

Putting residents in charge of maintenance and tree planting of the Yoshino Mountains World Heritage Site in light of investigations into property lines of neglected forests exacerbated by absentee landlords

Activity grant

Project Description

This project focuses on the restoration of forests and fallen trees ruined by the lack of tree clearance from absent landlords in the Yoshino Mountain World Heritage Site in Nara Prefecture. In collaboration with the Yoshino Forestry Association, local residents, and the city hall, this organization has established forest maintenance drive meetings, and are conducting surveys with forest holders in the relevant areas, and with their permission, implementing periodic forest thinning and afforestation that focuses on broadleaf trees.

Preservation of surface soil and forests
Grant year
FY2006 Activity Grants
Grant term
3 years
July 2006 - June 2009
Grant amount
9,664,000 yen
Activity region
Yoshino, Nara Prefecture
The planting of broadleaf trees (Japanese zelkova, Japanese hores chestnut, etc.) in Yoshino

Overview of the Organization

Hiroaki Takahashi, Chairperson
Hiroaki Takahashi, Chairperson
Establishment purpose
This organization aims to contribute to the global and regional environment and its conservation through both conservation-related practical and educational activities, as well as carrying out aid and support activities, in order to eventually build a sustainable society where people and nature can co-exist.
Main areas of activity
Within Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, Brazil
3 full-time staff members, 1 part-time staff member, 13 full members
Annual operating budget
25.69 million yen for 2005, 40.88 million yen for 2006, 46.37 million yen for 2007
WEB site
Recent activities
In addition to proposing that paper making companies could use pulp made of sugar cane bagasse, an agricultural waste product, this organization continues to act as environmental consultants for a bagasse pulp factory founded by a Thai sugar manufacturer. Furthermore, since its establishment, this organization has implemented reforestation activities in Iwate, Nara, Okinawa and Hiroshima using our network of corporations and forestry agencies, commencing work in Chiba too from 2008. This organization has also made the most of its collaborative relationships with foreign companies from places such as Thailand to undertake environmental development in Thailand and Brazil and also develop NPO support programs for Panasonic and Zenrosai.