The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

United Nations University

Industry-government-academia collaboration to form an environmental research and education fieldwork network in Cambodia

Activity grant

Project Description

During the Polpot regime era in Cambodia, many intellectuals were murdered and there is a shortage of the age group of university teachers especially for environmental education. There are few opportunities for practical education of field work, measuring equipment, and method and data quality control, which are crucial for environmental science research. In addition, the ability to raise external funding, which is crucial for research and education activities remains undeveloped. Our activities aims to utilise fieldwork opportunities for education and improve the quality of education activities, expand opportunities to raise external funding and establish sustainable education activities. Specifically,
(1) Establish a network for fieldwork
(2) Establish a programme to deepen scientific understanding by creating analytical methods for water and atmosphere possible in the field
(3) Training to acquire external funding

Climate changeMarine resources/foodPreservation of surface soil and forestsEnergy problemPreservation of biodiversity and ecosystem
Grant year
FY2008 Activity Grants
Grant term
2 years and 6 months
April 2009 - September 2011
Grant amount
3,600,000 yen
Activity region
A workshop held in Cambodia

Overview of the Organization

Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Vice Rector, United Nations University
Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Vice Rector, United Nations University
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