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Integrated Coastal Ecosystem Conservation and Adaptive Management under Local and Global Environmental Impacts Conserve Rich Coastal Ecosystems with High Biodiversity Sustaining Local Community Livelihoods

Principal Investigator (Affiliation)
  • SDGs14
  • SDGs17
  • SDGs12
(Graduate School of Information Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Research Institutions in Japan Tokyo Institute of Technology / Hokkaido University / The University of Tokyo / Kochi University
Research Institutions in Philippines Marine Science Institute, College of Science, University of the Philippines, Diliman (UPMSI), etc.
Adoption fiscal year FY 2009
Research Period 5 Years
ODA Recipient Country Republic of the Philippines
General Description of the Research Project

Comprehensive assessment of environmental stresses on coastal ecosystem and its responses towards a new conservation scheme development
The Philippines is among the world's richest in coastal ecosystems, but has suffered rapid degradation due to combined effects of uncontrolled tourism developments, overfishing, exploitation in adjacent watershed areas, global climate changes and others. This project is aiming at comprehensive assessment of these environmental stresses on coastal ecosystem and its responses, and socioeconomic factors in local communities causing these stresses, and thereby at developing a new conservation and adaptive management scheme both for the sustainable development of local communities and coastal ecosystem conservation.

A new scheme proposal for conservation and adaptive management of coastal ecosystems under local and global environmental impacts
We carried out intensive joint surveys at five focus sites and associated numerical simulation studies for comprehensive assessment of various environmental stresses on the coastal ecosystem of each site. We are developing integrated decision support systems which may be effectively used by, e.g., local communities for their sustainable developments including marine protected area managements and thereby for mitigating environmental stresses and promoting coastal ecosystem conservation and recovery.

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A continuous and comprehensive environmental monitoring system deployed in Bolinao, Luzon

A continuous and comprehensive environmental monitoring system deployed in Bolinao, Luzon

Biological survey at Bolinao, Luzon Island

Biological survey at Bolinao, Luzon Island

Seagrass bed and an Apogon ishigakiensis

Seagrass bed at Bolinao, Luzon Island

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