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Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas Supports Diverse Projects: From Caribou Conservation in Canada to Green Infrastructure in US Cities

Published 11-27-18

Submitted by Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas

Endangered Mountain Caribou from Northeast British Columbia, Canada (Photo by Antonio Sunción

On October 31, 2018, the Board of Directors of the Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas (MCFA) approved new grants to a wide range of projects, including a new multi-year grant to the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) to support First Nations-led Caribou conservation in British Columbia, Canada; and a new grant to CDP to enhance its Matchmaker platform, which promotes the implementation of climate resilient infrastructure projects in cities throughout the US.

The Board of MCFA also approved renewed funding to the Rainforest Alliance, to continue supporting access to finance to strengthen sustainable livelihoods and sustainable forest management in Peru; to Fair Trade USA, to continue improving labor conditions and environmental protections for farmworkers in North America; to NatureServe, for further development of a web-based portal to strengthen collaborative biodiversity conservation in the Gulf of Mexico; to Mitacs, for its Indigenous Community Engagement efforts, to support a newly developed Resource Management Tool for First Nations to help document their traditional use when responding to resource development proposals in Canada; and to Pronatura Noroeste to continue its efforts to promote shorebird conservation through community education and outreach in Baja California.

MCFA’s Board also ratified continuing grants to  the Wildlife Conservation Society in support of the Amazon Waters Initiative, which seeks to maintain the integrity of the world’s greatest and most diverse freshwater system by promoting the model of Integrated River Basin Management (IRBM) in key watersheds in Brazil and Peru; to Conservation International for its work engaging urban stakeholders in watershed conservation in Bogota, Colombia; to Equitable Origin for its work in Mexico improving local capacity for assessing social impacts of energy development; and to the Pembina Foundation to promote deep energy retrofits for social housing in Canada.  

MCFA’s mission encompasses biodiversity conservation, environmental education, environmental justice and sustainable development, and it is but one of several means through which Mitsubishi Corporation is proactively working to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas, based in New York City, was established 1991 with funding from Mitsubishi Corporation of Japan, and its U.S.-based subsidiary, Mitsubishi International Corporation. MCFA is currently supported by Mitsubishi Corporation and Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas).  Since its establishment, MCFA has dedicated over $11 million to environmental causes throughout the Americas.

Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) develops and operates businesses across virtually every industry, including industrial finance, energy, metals, machinery, chemicals, and daily living essentials. MC's current activities have expanded far beyond its traditional trading operations to include investments and business management in diverse fields including natural resources development, manufacturing of industrial goods, retail, new energy, infrastructure, finance and new technology-related businesses. With over 200 offices and subsidiaries in some 90 countries and regions worldwide and a network of approximately 1,300 group companies, MC employs a multinational workforce of over 70,000 people. MC provides philanthropic contributions through a variety of channels, including donations to the MCFA and its sister charity the Mitsubishi Corporation Fund for Europe and Africa (MCFEA).

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The Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas, based in New York City was established 1991 with funding from Mitsubishi Corporation of Japan, and its U.S.-based subsidiary, Mitsubishi International Corporation. Since its establishment, the Foundation has contributed over $10 million to environmental causes throughout the Americas. We have funded over 100 projects in more than 15 countries, focusing on four themes: biodiversity conservation, environmental education, environmental justice, and sustainable development.

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