While plans to preserve the environment have been penned by all prefectures and designated cities, as well as by more than 200 municipalities, their implementation is being handicapped by a lack of action and manpower, according to the results of a survey released Wednesday.

Carried out by the research arm of the nonprofit Coalition of Local Governments for Environmental Initiatives, the survey found that 80 percent of prefectures and major cities were keeping tabs on the plans’ progress and publicizing results, but that only around 60 percent of local municipalities were doing so.

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