The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

Shiretoko Higuma Information Centre

Animal Direct Position System (ADPS) Project 2010

Activity grant

Project Description

In areas other than the Shiretoko Peninsula, there are no examples of follow up surveys being carried out, despite accidents related to brown bears and the changing environment surrounding brown bears – its behavior is yet to be understood. This organization utilizes the cooperation of universities and companies to gather information from surveys and understand the movements of brown bears in order to communicate this information and prevent further accidents and injuries.
(1) Establish a cage for capturing brown bears in the active areas to capture 10 bears
(2) Place a GPS transmitter collar to capture, release and activate tracking

Preservation of biodiversity and ecosystem
Grant year
FY2009 Activity Grants
Grant term
2 years
April 2010 - March 2012
Grant amount
6,330,000 yen
Activity region
Nemuro area, Hokkaido, Japan
Collar-type GPS transmitter for Shiretoko's brown bears

Overview of the Organization

Yasushi Fujimoto, President
Yasushi Fujimoto, President
Establishment purpose
Our main objective is to observe the ecology of the brown bear inhabiting the Nemuro area and understand its movements more accurately. Our centre will provide this information to nearby towns, villages and any relevant organizations. In addition, we also aim to collect a variety of data on wild animals such as the Yezo sika deer.
Main areas of activity
Nemuro area, Hokkaido
1 full-time staff member, 15 full members
Annual operating budget
340,000 yen in 2007, 480,000 yen in 2008, 2 million yen in 2009
WEB site
Key activities
After capturing the brown bear, injecting it with an anesthetic, a GPS transmitting collar will be placed to track the brown bears movements. In the first year the aim is to place collars on 10 bears.