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Principal Investigator (Affiliation)
Specially Appointed Prof.
(School of Environment and Society, Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Ariel Blanco
(Department of Geodetic Engineering (DGE), University of the Philippines Diliman)
Riyanto Basuki
(Marine research center, Agency for Marine and Fisheries Research and Human Resources, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries)
Research Institutions in Japan Tokyo Institute of Technology / The University of Tokyo / Hokkaido University / Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute / Nagoya University / Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS)
Research Institutions in Philippines and Indonesia Philippines: University of the Philippines Diliman
Indonesia: Agency for Marine Affairs and Fisheries Research and Development, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (KKP-AMAFRAD) / Institute Teknologi Bandung (ITB)
Adoption fiscal year FY 2016
Research Period 5 Years
ODA Recipient Country Republic of the Philippines / Republic of Indonesia
General Description of the Research Project

Elucidation of blue carbon dynamics and assessment of ecosystem services based on new methodologies and framework
Focusing on blue carbon, which is biological carbon sequestrated by coastal-marine ecosystems, in the Philippines and Indonesia located in the Coral Triangle as the world center of biodiversity, this project aims to evaluate and predict the functions and dynamics of the blue carbon ecosystems for the carbon capture and sequestration. For this purpose, we will develop an innovative and integrated monitoring/modeling system and carry out the comprehensive assessment of blue carbon ecosystem services. In addition, a “core-and-network” system will be built for sustainable nation-wide network-based monitoring and associated human resource development.

Establish and propose “Blue Carbon Strategy” and develop a framework for its implementation
Based on various surveys, model system development and analyses, the project will establish and propose “Blue Carbon Strategy”, with its effective implementation scheme arrangement, as a local-global integrated

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Survey conducted in the mangrove forests of Busuanga Island, Palawan, Philippines


Seagrasses bed play another important role in blue carbon sequestration and storage


Underwater seagrass meadow

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