The role of local government, which is the closest to citizens, is vital in implementing detailed measures adapted to local characteristics for sustainable development.In developing countries such as China and Indonesia, decentralization of authority in the field of environment has been progressing.
Some local governments have already implemented their own international environmental cooperation projects.Ministry of the Environment supports such activities through information provision, and prepared the International Environmental Cooperation Guidebook by local governments in 2004.
In addition, the Ministry is bolstering support and cooperative ties with local governments which establish specialized organizations or hubs for international environmental cooperation.
- Hokkaido (Environmental Education) (The North Forum Priority Project)
- Toyama Prefecture (The International Environmental Symposium in Northeast Asia Region)
- Kanagawa Prefecture (Kanagawa International Environment Cooperation)
- Mie Prefecture
- Shiga Prefecture (Training Workshop program 2000, for Monitoring Water Quality and JICA NGO Training Course in Lake Water Quality Management 2001)
- Osaka Prefecture (The Project for Environmental Technology Cooperation through the Internet between Osaka Prefecture and East Java Province, Indonesia in FY2003)
- Kyoto Prefecture
- Hyogo Prefecture (The project for promoting CDM of Hyogo and International Forest Regeneration Forum for CDM Project in Mongolia)
- Kitakyushu City (Kitakyushu Initiative Promotion Project 2001-2003)
- Ube City (Kitakyushu Initiative Promotion Project 2002-2003)
- Minamata City (Kitakyushu Initiative Promotion Project 2002-2003)