Supported projects under development in various regions of the world.

Example of Project Overseas

Thailand

Future Creation Project Through Local Knowledge and Traditional Knowledge of the Karen Tribe

Conference of Earth Environment from Akita is working on conserving the ecosystem services in the very biologically diverse Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex (KKFC) in Thailand, as well as on building an effective and balanced resource management system.

The goal of this project is to create villages in which people's livelihood and nature conservation can coexist by utilizing the inherited local knowledge and traditions of the Karen tribe living in KKFC that contribute to sustainable utilization of natural and cultural resources. Specific initiatives included supporting introduction of sustainable organic farming, and developing teaching materials for building a sustainable community, targeted at elementary and junior high school students. Furthermore, since many similar issues are found throughout Asia, the project is also taking actions to spread the initiative to other regions, for example, holding workshops that cover a wide area in order to develop the human resources necessary for continuing activities and build consensus.

The project has helped people deepen their understanding about the value of natural resources and continue to autonomously manage the systems that have been built.

Hand weaving, representing the Karen tribe's traditional culture
Hand weaving, representing the Karen tribe's traditional culture

Example of Project in Japan

Nature-based Solutions by Urban Green Infrastructure

The Toshima Green Infrastructure Network (TGIN), based in Toyoshima Ward, is seeking ideal forms of urban green infrastructures1 that address issues presented in local communities, and then promotes and implements such infrastructures. Green infrastructures are being implemented in collaboration with local store associations, local residents, local governments, NPOs, and Taisho University students.

For example, TGIN has created a rooftop farm and a rain garden at the Taisho University Nishisugamo campus, where TGIN is based, and is searching for ways to use green infrastructures to solve various societal challenges, such as the heat and heavy rain caused by climate change, earthquakes that directly hit the capital, and biodiversity loss.

Additionally, TGIN is communicating ideal forms of urban green infrastructures to society at large. It is trying to increase the scale of its activities through collaboration with initiatives in other regions inside and outside Japan, as well as mutual learning.

1 Urban green infrastructure is an initiative that promotes wise utilization of nature's functions within urban areas in order to promote sustainable communities, such as growing a variety of crops in rooftop farms at Taisho University (The Gamall Farm) and having children in the neighboring communities come on a tour or experience harvesting
Harvesting sweet potatoes at a rooftop farm with children from the neighboring communities
Harvesting sweet potatoes at a rooftop farm with children from the neighboring communities

Toyota Environmental Activities Grant Program 2020 Recipients

Project Overseas

Theme Project Description Organization Country
Biodiversity The Marsh Deer as a Flagship Species for the Sustainable Development of the Paraná River Delta Asociacion Civil Centro de Investigaciones del Bosque Atlántico Argentina
Establishing an Environmental Education Model for Rural Kindergartens, Elementary and Junior High Schools in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport of Cambodia Nature Center Risen Cambodia
Birds are Important
-What will happen if they don't exist?
Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA) Portugal
Conducting Environmental Education and Providing Technical Assistance to Improve Productivity for Rubber Smallholders in West Kalimantan, Indonesia Kopernik Japan Indonesia
Establishing a Harmony with Nature Model-Creating a System for Sustainable Agricultural Business Terra People Association Myanmar
Implementing Measures for Marine Plastics in China's Coastal Cities
-Creating a Society in Harmony with the Beautiful Earth in Cooperation with the Next Generation
SEE Foundation China
Promoting Environmental Beautification Activities in Pemba, Cabo Delgado Province, Mozambique Bridge for lives in Mozambique Mozambique
Conserving Biodiversity and the Priority Habitats of Sumatran Elephants in the Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park's Surrounding Buffer Zone Rainforest Alliance Indonesia
Climate Change Promoting Sustainable Livelihood Through Environmental Conservation in Atsimondrano, Madagascar AMDA Multisectoral and Integrated Development Services Madagascar
Mitigation of Global Warming by Utilizing Forest Resources in Sumatra, Indonesia BirdLife International Tokyo Indonesia

Project in Japan

Theme Project Description Organization Country
Biodiversity Picking Up Marine Waste at Gosho-ga-hama, the Dirtiest Beach in the Seto Inland Sea E.C. Ocean's Japan
Nishijima Revegetation Project Ogasawara Wildlife Research Society
Joint Project Including Green Belt Planting Activity to Protect the Okinawa Ocean and Island Okinawa Green Network
Promoting Conservation Activities of Rare Butterflies Assessed as Endangered Species such as the Luehdorfia Japonica and Coenonympha Oedippus Arothius Gifucho-net in Satoyama landscape around Kakogawa
Save our Hometown Forests! Creating a Thousand-year Forest in Matsuge River in Cooperation with Local Residents Groundwork Mishima
Festivals in Japan and Biocultural Diversity
-Aiming to Achieve the SDGs
Chubu Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development
Strengthening City Resilience by Urban Agriculture as a Green Infrastructure with the ICT and Community Green Infrastructure Network Toshima
For the Children Responsible for the Future!
-Play, Learn and Connect in Satoyama
Nara People and Nature Association
Bee Forest Project
-Creating Forests Comprised of Japanese Honeybees
Bee Forest Club
Migratory Birds Connecting Local Nature with Global Environmental Problems-Raising Public Awareness and Conducting Environmental Education by Utilizing the Bird Banding Program Yamashina Institute for Ornithology

Small Project in Japan

Theme Project Description Organization Country
Biodiversity An Open Innovation in Beach Clean-ups with Robots The Institute of BC-ROBOP Coastal Engineering Japan
Inheriting Rare Soybeans by Utilizing Abandoned Farmlands and Encouraging the Sixth Industrialization Oguni Social Welfare Council
Creating Forests that Enables Living Creatures to Continue their Lineage Nature Conservation of Kubo River and Mount Tennnouzann Forest
Extermination and Awareness-raising of Foreign Species Starting from Rural Areas Jono Hitomachi Net
Supporting Environmental Hands-on Activities on Double-cropping and Local Production and Consumption in the Corner of a Schoolyard Suita Hands-on Activity Club
Realizing a Planted Forest Cycle Through the Introduction of a Loading System for Thinned Wood Nanamori-Asahi. Toyota
Promoting Reinvigoration of Locked School Forests and Utilizing It as a Place of Learning and Relaxation for Students and Interaction with Local Residents Hakuto