The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

Kintaro Club (with participation from the Mitsui & Co. Hokuriku Branch)

Protecting Toyama's forests by creating an environment for the co-existence of humans and forests

Activity grant

Project Description

70% of the Toyama city area is forested, and these forests provide a source of nutrients for Toyama Bay. However, they are falling into disrepair due to the aging of the forest working population and other factors, and there are growing concerns regarding the danger of sediment discharge and a reduction of water recharging functions. This project will collaborate with the government to maintain woodland and bamboo groves, and build model regenerated forests where humans can co-exist easily with wild flora and fauna, based on the principle of 'a healthy environment for people and forest'. This process will also involve training woodland leaders and community building in partnership with local and regional groups. The Mitsui & Co. Hokuriku Branch will participate in the project by providing advice to the management committee, and joining activities such as forest maintenance work, forest surveying, and investigating driftwood damage. The Hokuriku Branch will also facilitate a partnership between Kanazawa University's Noto Peninsula Satoyama Satoumi Nature School, a recipient of a Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund grant in 2006, and universities and local goverment in Toyama, with the aim of implementing integrated woodland restoration activities for the Toyama Bay area, including Toyama and the Noto Peninsula.

Preservation of surface soil and forestsPreservation of biodiversity and ecosystem
Grant year
FY2007 Activity Grants
Grant term
3 years
April 2008 - March 2011
Grant amount
21,000,000 yen
Activity region
Forest areas of Toyama (Toyama city, Oyama, Yatsuo, Osawano, others), Toyama Prefecture, Japan
Maintaining broadleaf forest in Toyama together with local junior high school students

Overview of the Organization

Tokuso Saito (President of Toyama University), Chairman
Tokuso Saito (President of Toyama University), Chairman
Establishment purpose
If forests fall into ruin, so will cities. Kintaro Club aims to restore local woodland and build a sustainable circulation of people, goods, and information that will link forests to towns. It also works to cultivate healthy forests, individuals, and towns to contribute to the creation of Toyama city and forests that we can be proud to pass into to the care of future generations.
Main area of activity
Forest areas of Toyama (Toyama city, Oyama, Yatsuo, Osawano, others), Toyama Prefecture, Japan
2 full-time staff members, 1 part-time staff members, 793 full members
Annual operating budget
10.53 million yen in 2006, 8.96 million yen in 2007
Recent activities
  • (1) Advocating and advancing sustainable woodland regeneration.
  • (2) Cultivating individuals who can learn, understand, and work for the forests, and urging a greater appreciation of forests.
  • (3) Researching ways of using forest resources and supporting their implementation.
  • (4) Providing information that helps connect people with forests through a website and the publication of newsletters and periodicals.
  • (5) Buiding a network of people and government agencies working to restore woodland and supporting community building.