The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects


Construction an environmental conservation for Lake Biwa using surveys and networking

Activity grant

Project Description

Lake Biwa is not just important as a water source for the Kinki Region, but also has a significant influence on its ecosystems, history and culture. While a full range of remedial measures for water quality have been conducted, their effectiveness has yet to be clearly demonstrated, and new issues including non-native species are now occurring. In this context, we will hold symposiums by experts in the respective fields of water resources, ecosystems, and fisheries and the culture of everyday life to construct an integrated model "the future image of Lake Biwa." In addition, we will independently survey and research environmental loads from agricultural run-off and leisure activities in order to draft advice towards the resolution of attendant issues.

Climate changeEnergy problem
Grant year
FY2006 Activity Grants
Grant term
2 years
July 2006 - June 2008
Grant amount
1,134,000 yen
Activity region
Shiga Prefecture, Japan
Lake Biwa water quality survey

Overview of the Organization

Tomonori Saito, Director
Establishment Purpose
Established with the aim of putting measures into practice for the improvement of specific environmental impacts and towards the achievement of a sustainable society. At the initial time of establishment, it had the objective of introducing environmental management systems (mainly ISO14001), in particular those for small and medium enterprises. Currently, in addition to this objective, it aims to build a model for a sustainable society through surveys and research relating to waste materials, 3R, and energy conservation.
Main areas of activity
Throughout Japan
4 full-time staff members, 2 part-time staff members, 13 full members
Annual operating budget
30.75 million yen in 2005, 31.99 million yen in 2006, 46.97 million yen in 2007
WEB site
Recent activities
  • (1) Support for construction of environmental management system using ISO14001, administration of regional office for Ministry of the Environment Eco-Action 21, dissemination and support of environmental management systems to small- and medium-sized enterprises
  • (2) Dissemination of "Uniform Energy Conservation Labels" and implementation of other energy conservation social experiments and surveys and research to further energy conservation in households
  • (3) Distribution of reusable bottles and implementation of model projects aimed at reducing container and packaging waste
  • (4) Administration of "Tanada volunteer" office, etc. for scenery conservation of Shiga Prefecture terraced rice fields