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Partnership with Industries

Sustainable society building is deeply related to business management because healthy ecosystems and sustainable lifestyles are the foundations of a stable economy. Today, economic value of ecosystem services such as clean water and genetic resources (which used to be considered free) are being recognized and integrated into the market. In partnership with industries, ECSJ conducts research and projects to expand business opportunities by protecting and enhancing ecosystem services instead of exhausting them.


Japan Habitat Evaluation and Certification Program (JHEP)

Through our objective, quantitative evaluations, Japan Habitat Evaluation and Certification Program (JHEP) provides a certificate to corporations for their nature restoration efforts and nature-friendly development works. The Program reviews their nature restoration efforts based on the contribution for biodiversity protection, representation of their local community, and support toward healthy habitats for wildlife. JHEP was developed and has been administrated by ECSJ since 2008. Many corporations have actively participated in raising biodiversity values. The Program has been implemented within a variety of development and construction projects such as large urban redevelopment, apartment complex, factory, and road construction, and welfare facilities.


Native Grass Project

Japanese people have enjoyed the blessings of wild grasses for food, medicines, and clothing since ancient times. Wild grasses have greatly helped to foster unique Japanese culture as they often appeared in Manyoshu, the 8th century anthology of Japanese poetry. To pay attention to these "wild grasses", we conduct the "Native Grass Project" which aims to build environmentally friendly communities that protect and utilize wild grasses native to their local area as important and attractive resources thereby enhancing biodiversity. The project targets not only endangered and rare species but also common native grasses. In cooperation with citizen groups, corporations, local governments, and universities, we conduct research, protection/restoration, and public awareness activities. Our partner corporations include Mori Building Co., Ltd.; Kumagai Gumi Co., Ltd.; Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions Co., Ltd.; and, Hulic Co., Ltd.

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