Environmental cooperation requires the involvement not only of central governments but also of local governments, private businesses, NGOs, and all parties. The Ministry of the Environment supports the promotion of environmental cooperation involving those various parties.
by Local Governments
The role of local government, which is the
closest to citizens, is vital in implementing detailed measures
adapted to local characteristics for sustainable development.
Some local governments have already implemented
their own international environmental cooperation projects.
The Ministry of the Environment supports such activities
through information provision, and prepared the International
Environmental Cooperation Guidebook in 2004.
In addition, the Ministry is bolstering support
and cooperative ties with local governments which establish
specialized organizations or hubs for international environmental
Facilitation of Efforts by Private Businesses
|To boost environmental action by Japanese
businesses expanding overseas, the Ministry of the Environment
supplies information on environmental
regulations in various countries and environmental activities
of Japanese overseas business entities.
for NGOs Environment Cooperation
The Japan Fund for Global Environment (JFGE) was
established in 1993. The Fund provides financial support
to domestic and overseas NGOs for their environmental
projects in developing areas, such as information
dissemination, awareness building, study and research,
capacity training and others.
|In FY2003, 74 projects in developing
areas received a total of 322 million yen financial
support from the Fund. Examples of funded projects include
environmental education, study of pollution impacts
on the environment, environmental conservation seminars,
reforestation, and prevention of desertification.
Japan Fund for Global Environment
Forest conservation and tree/grass planting activities supported by the JFGE