The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

Seitai Koubou

Developing tools to raise awareness of foreign turtle species

Activity grant

Project Description

Parks and green spaces in the Tokyo area have become habitats for many species of foreign turtles, but factors such as a lack of knowledge on how to capture these turtles means measures to counter their spread have been slow. Seitai Koubou has been developing measures to capture foreign turtles with support from the Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund since 2006, but there is also a need for preventative measures led by the managers of parks and green spaces. This project aims to use the turtle capture methods developed by Seitai Koubou and awareness raising tools to create preventative models and share them widely to encourage further preventative action. Specifically, this will involve:
(1) Implementing turtle capture methods at model sites and publicising successes
(2)Create awareness-raising tools (foreign turtle identification sheets, response manuals, etc.) to suppress breeding and share them widely with park management bodies such as local governments and neighbourhood associations
(3)Create and distribute posters encouraging citizens to swiftly report any discoveries of egg-laying or recently hatched baby turtles

Preservation of biodiversity and ecosystem
Grant year
FY2008 Activity Grants
Grant term
2 years
April 2009 - March 2011
Grant amount
6,719,000 yen
Activity region
Bodies of water in the Tokyo area (Hikarigaoka Park, Zenpukuji Park, Shakujii Park, Inokashira Park, etc.), Japan
Measuring captured foreign turtle species

Overview of the Organization

Kuniaki Abe, Director
Kuniaki Abe, Director
Establishment purpose
The organization was established primarily by university students with an interest in the management and operation of green areas for living creatures, such as parks or spaces operated for the benefit of wild birds and insects. It carries out research and develops skills related to vegetation control, invasive species control, and environmental education through practical initiatives either on commission or of its own volition. These initiatives are not just limited to actions at a specific park and green space, but also aim to contribute to the management of other spaces through the sharing of acquired knowledge and promotion of environmental conservation.
Main area of activity
The Musashino Plateau, Japan
2 full-time staff members, 5 part-time staff members, 20 full members
Annual operating budget
21.52 million yen in 2006, 23.77 million yen in 2007, 23.54 million yen in 2008
WEB site
Recent activities
  • (1) Conservation and restoration of the natural environment
    · Carrying out research and developing skills related to the management and restoration of the natural environment (vegetation control, invasive species control, ecosystem management and restoration)
    · Regional nature journals and biological surveys
  • (2) Environmental education
    · Exhibitions and noticeboards, as well as the research, planning and implementation of environmental education programs
  • (3) Training
    · Planning and implementing practical sessions, lectures, training courses and internships in order to cultivate personnel to participate in conservation and environmental education iniatives