The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

Specified non-profit organization, Forest Restoration Network, Hokkaido

Consensus building project for regional forest managent by local study

Activity grant

Project Description

The demand for domestic timber is increasing due to uncertainty regarding imported timber. However, Japan's self-sufficiency rate is still roughly 20%. After logging, many small-scale forest owners can not cover the cost of reforestation and the formation of a social system which utilizes forest resources sustainably has not progressed. To solve this issue, it is assumed that consolidation of management beyond the owned areas of the forest is necessary. Thus, it is vital to build a relationship of trust through communication between the forest owners and the forest association. Therefore, we collaborate with Hokkaido University of Education and carry out awareness-raising and support activities to mainly get local residents in Asahikawa city to consider forest management. Specifically, we proceed with the following:
(1) Interview survey on the relationship and history between residents' forest, which utilizes local studies, and creation of maps and reports
(2) Selection of key person for regional activities and support for forest experience activities
(3) Development and implementation of forest management consensus building system "Forest creation program through local study" by residents.

Preservation of surface soil and forests
Grant year
FY2008 Activity Grants
Grant term
3 years
October 2008 - September 2011
Grant amount
5,874,000 yen
Activity region
Higashitakasu and Higasiasahikawa areas of Asahikawa city, Hokkaido prefecture, Japan
Forest conservation activities in Asahikawa city, Hokkaido

Overview of the Organization

Takeshi Jinnouchi, President
Takeshi Jinnouchi, President
Establishment purpose
Through connecting the forest and people related to forestry with various residents and organizations, we will promote forest creation that sustainably utilizes the power of nature and will utilize the various blessings of the forest, aiming to continue a healthy and abundant forest in the future with the building a mechanism for regional economy and society.
Main areas of activity
Within Kashiwa city and surrounding areas, Hokkaido
1 full-time staff member, 2 part-time staff members, 12 full members
Annual operating budget
300,000 yen in 2006, 1,300,000 yen in 2007
WEB site
Recent Activities
Project to connect spread of post farming secondary forest trimming to timber users; Practice of forest environmental education; Coordination of resident participation of public forest; Activities to connect production area, lumbermill, engineering office and design office to create a house with local trees. We are aiming to be a do tank NPO that coordinates forest management.