The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

Turkish Foundation for Combating Soil Erosion, for Reforestation and Protection of Natural Habitats (TEMA/Turkish NGO - recommended by the Mitsui & Co. EMEA BU)

Creating a rational platform for conserving 'Crop-Mal' marginal drylands

Activity grant

Project Description

The introduction of cash crop farming and livestock rearing may mitigate causes of poverty, but it can also lead to soil degradation and there is a need to consider environmental balance. In 2006, the Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund backed a research project (first stage project 'Desire') into the environmental and social conditions of the Turkish drylands around Karapinar, looking at factors such as natural resources, societal structure, and potential production capabilities, with the aim of realizing sustainable development. The Crop-Mal Project is the second stage of this and involves collaborating with local governments, NGOs, researchers, and governmental institutions to create a rational platform for conserving marginal drylands. It aims to improve the welfare of local populations through the application of sustainable, environmentally-friendly techniques using traditional skills. Specifically, this will include:
(1) Conserving topsoil and water quality, and long-term monitoring activities
(2) Monitoring climate conditions and adaptating to changes in climate
(3) Building sustainable means for generating income (agriculture, livestock, handicrafts, eco-tourism)
(4) Promoting successes and conducting demonstrations

Climate changePreservation of surface soil and forests
Grant year
FY2008 Activity Grants
Grant term
3 years
April 2009 - March 2012
Grant amount
47,608,000 yen
Activity region
Karapinar, Turkey
Studying topsoil in the Turkish dryland region of Karapinar

Overview of the Organization

Prof. Dr. Orhan Dogan, General Director
Prof. Dr. Orhan Dogan, General Director
Establishment purpose
In order to create a peaceful society without poverty or famine in rural areas and restore a crisis-free future, the foundation does the following: (1) improves agricultural techniques that are linked to erosion, desertification, drought, pollution, and environmental damage in rural areas, (2) devises improvements to governmental, bureaucratic, and environmental policy that damages the environment, (3) ensures the conservation and sustainability of biodiversity, topsoil, water, and other natural resources, (4) executes government policy and regulations for environmental conservation and encourages the fulfillment of international obligations, and (5) raises public awareness.
Main area of activity
115 full-time staff members, 367,000 full members
Annual operating budget
423 million yen in 2006, 580 million yen in 2007, 755 million yen in 2008
WEB site
Recent activities
The foundation carries out public awareness campaigns and educational programs in order to increase awareness of environmental issues such as topsoil erosion, desertification, loss of biodiversity, and climate change. With support from over 350,000 members, it advocates legislation for the conservation of forests, pasture, agricultural land, and natural habitats. It also implements model projects in different regions, creating alternative, environmentally-friendly sources of income in order to regenerate forests, develop agriculture, and conserve biodiversity.