The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

Everlasting Nature of Asia (ELNA)

Conserving endangered Hawksbill sea turtles in Indonesia's Java Sea

Activity grant

Project Description

The Hawksbill sea turtle is an endangered species. In Indonesia they have been hunted for food, as well as tortoiseshell material for Japan, and although they once had breeding sites on 500 islands, these have declined by about 80% since the 1980s. Although taking eggs from breeding sites is currently forbidden, it is a source of revenue for local people and conservation measures are not adhered to. This project aims to collaborate with local NGOs to recruit anti-poaching personnel and increase the number of eggs being laid by leasing five islands and purchasing eggs. In order to continue and expand this activity so that the 1,500 - 2,500 egg-laying sites needed to maintain populations can be conserved, the following activities are being carried out:
(1) Monitoring egg-laying sites, purchasing eggs
(2) Island leasing
(3) Transplanting nests to monitored islands
(4) Surveying survival rates
(5) Measures to prevent predation by Asian water monitors
(6) Maintaining egg-laying coasts
(7) Marking individuals that land to lay eggs
(8) Raising awareness among local peoples

Preservation of biodiversity and ecosystem
Grant year
FY2008 Activity Grants
Grant term
3 years
October 2008 - September 2011
Grant amount
13,700,000 yen
Activity region
Java Sea and surrounding areas, Indonesia
A Hawksbill sea turtle laying eggs

Overview of the Organization

Hiroyuki Suganuma, Chairman
Hiroyuki Suganuma, Chairman
Establishment purpose
ELNA was established to contribute to the conservation of the marine environment by encouraging and developing research and conservation activities involving marine life, and building relationships with researchers and associated insitituions based on international cooperation in order to research and conserve marine life.
Main areas of activity
Indonesia, Japan (Kanto Region, Ogasawara Islands)
7 full-time staff members, 10 full members
Annual operating budget
30.79 million yen in 2005, 51.72 million yen in 2006, 44.18 million yen in 2007
WEB site
Recent activities
  • (1) Sea turtle conservation and habitat monitoring in Indonesia
  • (2) Biological research concerning green sea turtles and humpback whales in the Ogasawara Islands
  • (3) Managing and operating the Ogasawara Marine Center
  • (4) Investigating sea turtle strandings in the Kanto Region
  • (5) Operating environmental education programs