The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

Chikyu Ryokuka Club

Planting the Qixiaying hillsides of Zhuozi County, Chinese Inner Mongolia, as a measure for combating global warming and eliminating poverty

Activity grant

Project Description

In China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, overcultivation has damaged vegetation and soil quality, and a policy is being implemented that aims to halt agriculture and reforest cultivated land. As an alternative to farming, local people can make a small income from working on government led planting initiatives, but it is not enough to eliminate poverty. This project aims to restore plant diversity and reduce poverty in the region by implementing mixed-planting initiatives that involve planting Japanese larch, which are also being used for the government initiatives, as well as native fruit trees that have money-earning potential, such as ansu apricots and saji. This will also prevent soil runoff and the spread of yellow dust, restore ecosystems, reduce CO2 emissions and create a model region for carbon offset.

Climate changePreservation of surface soil and forestsPreservation of biodiversity and ecosystem
Grant year
FY2009 Activity Grants
Grant term
3 years
April 2010 - March 2013
Grant amount
5,058,000 yen
Activity region
Zhuozi County, Ulanqab, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
Planting Japanese larch and fruit trees in Inner Mongolia

Overview of the Organization

Eijiro Hara, Representative Director
Eijiro Hara, Representative Director
Establishment purpose
Desert cannot be greened by tree planting alone. Local people need to participate and lead initiatives in order for them to expand and become imitated, until greening becomes integrated into local livelihoods. The aim of Chikyu Ryokuka Club is to establish greening methods that can become a part of local industry, so that industrial development and the expansion of greening initiatives go hand-in-hand. It also works to pass on succesful methods to other organizations, removing the assumption that desert greening only involves planting, and promoting greening activities that can be expanded sustainably.
Main areas of activity
Inner Mongolia, China; Miyakejima, Tokyo, and Tokachi Subprefecture, Hokkaido, japan
2 full-time staff members, 3 part-time staff members, 97 full members
Annual operating budget
6.26 million yen in 2007, 9.33 million yen in 2008, 12.36 million yen in 2009
WEB site
Recent activities
Chikyu Ryokuka Club is engaged in cultivating vegetation, such as shrubbery, primarily in sand dune regions of China's Inner Mongolia. It also works on tackling poverty issues by planting marketable crops that are suitable for the local environment. Since 2008, it has been engaged in greening activities in Japan, including planting projects in the Tokachi area of Hokkaido and Miyakejima, Tokyo.