The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects


Tohoku biodiversity network and assembly

Activity grant

Project Description

With COP10 to be held in Nagoya in October 2010, our activities include accumulating information with regards to biodiversity conservation in the Tohoku region and communicating this through online outlets. Specifically, we will collect information through interviews on individual activities related to the registered wetland of the Ramsar Convention as well as the nature restoration project in the Tohoku region. The collected information will be published on our website as an activities information map in order to establish an activity network with organizations on the theme of biodiversity as well as an assembly to share information.

Preservation of biodiversity and ecosystem
Grant year
FY2010 Activity Grants
Grant term
1 year
October 2010 - September 2011
Grant amount
960,000 yen
Activity region
6 Prefectures in Tohoku, Japan
Workshop in Akita on "River and Water Environment"

Overview of the Organization

Tatsuro Niikawa, President
Tatsuro Niikawa, President
Establishment purpose
This organization was established with the purpose of creating a network for people where people from industry, government, academia and residents can have face to face discussions and communicate with one another. Additionally, "nature, water, people, region" are keywords and through exchanges between people we aim to create and preserve the water environment.
Key activity areas
6 prefectures in Tohoku
2 full-time members, 1 part-time member, 97 full members
Annual operating budget
26.07 million yen in 2007, 26.36 million yen in 2008, 29.35 million yen in 2009
WEB site
Key activities
  • (1) Cultural exchange project with Tohoku region NPO'S (9th river and water environment workshop, 12th water environment exchange meeting assembly, etc.)
  • (2) Waterfront nature experience activities including cleaning the Hirose River, Project WILD, WET instructor training course
  • (3) Activities such as holding workshops and forums and providing support for comprehensive learning to be undertaken, commissioned by the government including the Ministry of Environment, MLIT, Miyagi prefecture and the city of Sendai.
  • (4) Cooperation to implement the Kubokawa Ihatov nature restoration project (public relations activities etc.)