The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

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Wild Bird Society of Japan Fukuoka Branch (recommended by Mitsui & Co. Kyushu Office)

Designing and creating goods that will provide children with an understanding of ecosystems, implementing a dispatch educational program, and analysing its results

Activity grant

Project Description

The impact of global warming caused by CO2 from human activity is expected to have grave effects, including the extinction of animal species and destruction of ecosystems. In order to prevent global warming, there is a need to think globally and act locally, but currently it is hard to initiate this action, so this project will develop environmental programs and goods that use animals to capture children's interest. Programs will be developed in collaboration with organizations that are active in the same area, and implemented in places such as nursery facilities, elementary schools, and public halls. The results will be analysed, and elements of local culture and history added to create a finished program. The project hopes to invigorate the exchange of information between organizations in order to increase the skills of practitioners, and make local residents aware of what can be done now in a fun manners, providing a foundation for action.

Climate changePreservation of surface soil and forestsPreservation of biodiversity and ecosystem
Grant year
FY2010 Activity Grants
Grant term
1 year
October 2010 - September 2011
Grant amount
1,000,000 yen
Activity region
Fukuoka and surrounding areas, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan
Participants on an observation tour being told about migratory hawks

Overview of the Organization

Hitoshi Ono, Representative
Hitoshi Ono, Representative
Establishment purpose
Established as a subsidiary organization of the Wild Bird Society of Japan for conducting activities in the area around Fukuoka. It aims to provide opportunities to connect with wild birds in their natural environment, share scientific knowledge regarding wild birds, and promote conservationist ideals to cultivate a respect for nature among people in the region and contribute to the development of a more humane society.
Main area of activity
Fukuoka and surrounding areas, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan
756 full members
Annual operating budget
2.18 million yen in 2007, 2.29 million yen in 2008, 2.32 million yen in 2009
Recent activities
Divisions within the organization work together to implement awareness-raising activities.
  • (1) Promotion Division: hold bird-watching tours six times a month, conduct bird-watching activities for groups such as elementary school students, and create and implement other programs
  • (2) Editorial Division: publish the organization newsletter
  • (3) Research Division: monitor hawk migration, ducks, sea birds, and other wild bird species
  • (4) Conservation Division: engage in conservation activities in the Imazu, Wajiro, and Tatara areas, including tackling the problem of manmade islands in Hakata Bay
  • (5) Other activities include dispatching members to serve on the Fukuoka City Environmental Council, etc.