Toyota City, Japan, November 21, 2018―Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) today announces it has selected 27 projects as grant recipients of the Toyota Environmental Activities Grant Program. In the 19 years since its introduction in 2000, a cumulative total of 387 projects in 54 countries and regions have received this grant.
The program was introduced to commemorate Toyota winning the Global 500 Award1 in 1999, and forms part of the Toyota Environmental Challenge 20502 (announced in 2015) as Challenge 6: the Challenge of Establishing a Future Society in Harmony with Nature.
"Biodiversity conservation" and "climate change" were chosen as the themes for the grant program, which drew 111 applications in the three selection categories: international project grants, domestic project grants, and domestic small project grants.
During the screening process, the first and final rounds focused on areas including effectiveness and cooperation. Within the international project grant category, 10 projects were selected, including the "Conservation of the Bolivian Endemic Blue-throated Macaw and its co-existence with local livestock industry" project. In Japan, 10 projects were selected from the domestic project category, including the "Environmental conservation on an Island made from a raised coral reef. Community-based collaboration 'Kikaijima Island Eco-field Tour'," and seven projects, including the "Seto Island Sea National Park Restoration Project in Teshima, Kagawa Prefecture," were selected from the domestic small project grant category.
A ceremony will be held in December in Tokyo, where representatives of this year's selected projects will be presented with grant certificates.
Toyota intends to continue its efforts toward creating a future society in harmony with nature through various forms of support to NPOs and other organizations.
1The award recognizes the outstanding achievements of individuals and organizations in protecting and improving the environment. In 1999, Toyota became the first Japanese corporation to receive the award in recognition of its many initiatives to protect and improve the environment (such as being the first company in the world to mass-produce and sell hybrid vehicles) and its wide-ranging corporate social contribution activities.
2With the aim of contributing to the sustainability of the global environment, in October 2015 Toyota announced the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050. The Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050 aims to reduce the environmental burden of manufacturing and driving vehicles to zero, by helping address key global environmental issues such as climate change, water shortages, resource depletion, and degradation of biodiversity, as well as to create value and benefit society. The challenge is composed of six individual challenges across three areas: ever-better cars, ever-better manufacturing, and enriching the lives of communities.
2018 Toyota Environmental Activities Grant Program Recipients
|Grant Category||Theme||Project Description||Organization||Country|
|Outside Japan||Biodiversity Conservation||"Kane Klachan Forest Complex Future Creation Project through Local Knowledge and Traditional Knowledge of the Karen Tribe" for Sustainable Environmental Innovation Phase II||Conference of Earth Environment from Akita||Thailand|
|Replanting flooded forest surrounding Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia by incorporating firebreaks||Conservation International Japan||Cambodia|
|Prevention of illegal logging in Primorsky Krai, the Russian Far East, by strengthening logging permission criteria||WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) Japan||Russia|
|Conservation of Bolivian Endemic Blue-throated Macaw and its co-existence with the local livestock industry||BirdLife International Tokyo||Bolivia|
|Achieving SDG 14 through conservation of coastal and marine biodiversity of the Bay of Bengal with community-based resource management in Teknaf Peninsula, Bangladesh||Ramsar Center Japan||Bangladesh|
|Conserving biodiversity in Indonesia with smallholder coffee producers in the Buffer Zone Area in national parks||Rainforest Alliance Inc.||Indonesia|
|Establishment of agroforestry at primary schools and in communities in semi-arid areas in Kericho County, Kenya||HANDS (Health and Development Service)||Kenya|
|A Gift to the Nation: rehabilitating degraded farmland for biodiversity, habitat and environmental education||Landcare Australia||Australia|
|Climate Change||Climate change countermeasures through the conversion of coconut farmers to agroforestry in the Philippines||Helping Hands and Hearts Japan Inc.||Philippines|
|Firefighting and disaster prevention activities conducted by the Indian Kayapo Tribe Fire Brigade in Brazil||Rainforest Foundation Japan||Brazil|
|Japan||Biodiversity Conservation||Clean Ashidagawa River☆clean-up project "Waterside Learning at Ashidagawa River"||Ashidagawa Environmental Management Center: AEMC||Japan|
|Long-term childcare activities and human resource development for the Recovery of the Strong Coastal Disaster Prevention Forest in Natori City, Miyagi Prefecture||OISCA|
|Environmental conservation on an island made from a raised coral reef. Community-based collaboration "Kikaijima Island Eco-field Tour"||KIKAI institute for coral reef sciences|
|"Listen, Write, and Draw―Hometown and Natural Park in Tokyo―" ESD Project targeted at junior high school students||Network for Coexistence with Nature|
|Creating a hometown where insects can live||NPO association for connecting with nature and Sasakia charonda|
|Matagi Hunter Project: build platform to exchange information among wild animal hide producers and leather suppliers||Global Environmental Forum|
|Biodiversity conservation and biodiversity education based on comprehensive study of dormice on Oki Island||The Japanese Dormouse Preservation & Research Group|
|Bee forest project to create forests comprised of Japanese honeybees||Bee Forest Club|
|Hachioji Forest Village Project―guidance on the utilization of satoyama* resources and practices||NPO Forest Lifestyle Research Institute|
|Conduct marine environmental conservation activities and reduce the environmental impact of sea plastics on the natural ecosystem||General Incorporated Association EC Oceans|
|Japan (small projects)||Protect Coreana Raphaelis, a local natural monument. Create a dewano ash forest spreading from Takahatamakino||Iwate Piedmont Nature School|
|Sakura, Sakura, Sakura―Connect to the Future with a Full Bloom of Smile||Specified nonprofit organization Tree Research Group Kobe|
|A collaborative project for expanding the distribution of endangered species, the Large Shijimi Blue, Shijimiaeoides Divinus, in Azumino, Nagano Prefecture||Biodiversity Network of Shinshu (KIZUNA)|
|Seto Island Sea National Park Restoration Project in Teshima, Kagawa Prefecture||Specified nonprofit organization Setouchi Olive Foundation|
|Tidal Flats Creation for Children to Play with Bare Feet||Tamagawa River Mudskipper Club|
|All for the Next Generation Children||Nara Human and Nature Association|
|Greenery project in idle land along the Inamori River||NPO Hifumi Wealth Association|
*Satoyamahillside arable land
- Grant Program Contact
- Secretariat, Toyota Environmental Activities Grant Program