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Q31: What is the fundamental concept behind the Grants Program of the JFGE?

A: The goals that Japan must meet for global environmental conservation are to support environmental conservation efforts in developing regions that face severe environmental conditions and to change Japan's economic society to one that has a smaller environmental impact. The involvement of various sectors, e.g., government, local public bodies, and industry, is necessary to achieve these goals; in addition, the role of NGOs is paramount. In particular, for cooperation in grassroots environmental projects that cater carefully to the local needs of developing regions and efforts to speed up environmental activities by the citizens of Japan, the activities of NGOs, which are the organizational bodies for enthusiastic people to carry out environmental conservation projects, are extremely important.

Because of these factors, the Grants Program of the JFGE has conditions established by law for evaluating eligible NGO projects. The basic concepts for these conditions are sketched out below.

  1. Activities of the non-profit organization (so called NPOs) must be grounded in the ideas of the public.
  2. Projects must contribute to global environmental conservation activities.
  3. Projects in developing regions must enlist the participation of local residents and NGOs, and must be in response to a request by local residents or NGOs. In addition, projects in Japan must enlist the participation of a large range of people and be meaningful to the average citizen.

For further information on criteria for eligible grant organizations see Q13, and for project examples see Q19.

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