Research and Education Network on coastal ecosystems in SouthEast Asia (RENSEA)

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Administration Office: International Affairs and Research Promotion Team, Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute,

The University of Tokyo

5-1-5, Kashiwanoha, Kashiwa-shi, Chiba 277-8564 Japan

Phone: +81-4-7136-6014  Fax: +81-7136-6039  e-mail: iarp@aori.u-tokyo.ac.jp


Coodinator: Shuhei Nishida, Center for International Collaboration, Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute,

The University of Tokyo

5-1-5, Kashiwanoha, Kashiwa-shi, Chiba 277-8564 Japan

Phone: +81-4-7136-2475 e-mail: nishida@aori.u-tokyo.ac.jp

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   The Southeast Asian Region encompasses diverse coastal ecosystems, as represented by coral reefs, mangrove forests, seagrass beds, and even deep basin over 4000-m deep. These diverse environments harbor the unique and extremely high biodiversity of the region, known as the major biodiversity hotspot in the world. These waters also supply important marine resources to some 600 million people living in the region. However, the region is also under serious threat of environmental decline from various human impacts due, for example, to loads of pollutants from land and habitat destruction associated with resort development and fisheries. There are also concerns about negative impacts of global climate change, as represented by coral bleaching.

   Under this circumstance, the multilateral project “Coastal Marine Science” and the succeeding project “Establishment of Research and Education Network on Coastal Marine Science in Southeast Asia”, conducted with the support of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) during 2001–2010 and 2011–2015, respectively, have successfully gained a large body of information on the status and dynamics of the coastal ecosystems in the region, through collaboration among five Southeast Asian countries and Japan. Through these activitis, the projects also have contributed much to the education of many young scientists who are expected to lead the research and education of the region.

   The present project, on the basis of the network established through the above projects and by collaboration among the six countries, will enhance cooperative researches focusing on the coastal environment (physical process), biodiversity, and anthropogenic pollution to contribute to conservation and sustainable development of the coastal ecosystems in Southeast Asia. The project also aims at deloping capacity of resarchers of next generation through various activities, including collaborative researches, seminars, and trainings.

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