JpGU-AGU Joint Meeting 2017

Presentation information

[EJ] Oral

A (Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Sciences) » A-OS Ocean Sciences & Ocean Environment

[A-OS20] [EJ] Research for a healthy ocean and a sustainable use of its resources and services

Tue. May 23, 2017 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM 303 (International Conference Hall 3F)

convener:Thorsten Kiefer(Future Earth), Toshio Yamagata(Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology), Ken Furuya(The University of Tokyo), Chairperson:Thorsten Kiefer(Future Earth), Chairperson:Ken Furuya(Department of Aquatic Bioscience, The University of Tokyo)

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM

[AOS20-02] On Sustainability Initiative in the Marginal Seas of South and East Asia

*Toshio Yamagata1, Lourdes J. Cruz2, Nordin Hasan3, Annadel Cabanban4, Marie Antonette Menez5, Fadzilah Binti Abdul Majid6 (1.Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, 2.Department of Science & Technology National Research Council of the Philippines, 3.Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI) Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 4.Sustainability Initiative in the Marginal Seas of South and East Asia (SIMSEA) The Marine Science Institute, University of the Philippines, 5.The Marine Science Institute University of the Philippines, 6.Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Heritage Universiti Malaysia Sabah)

Keywords:Climate Change/Variability, Marginal Seas of South and East Asia, Ocean Health, SIMSEA

The South and East Asian marginal seas are vulnerable to rapid coastal population growth, overharvesting of marine biological resources, and pollution. The region’s marine ecosystems have more than 30% of the world’s coral reefs and produce about 40 million tons of fish and more than 80% of the world’s aquaculture products. The high extraction volume of marine bioresources, rapid population growth, and far-reaching economic development increasingly test the limits of these seas to provide the ecosystem services that drive economic growth and development in the region. The conservation and management of marine resources and ecosystems, while coping with the pressures of climate change/variability and other global changes either brought about or augmented by human activities, are immense challenges that require cohesive transnational endeavours in the region and the rest of the world. The Sustainability Initiative in the Marginal Seas of South and East Asia (SIMSEA) is an international alliance of physical, ecological, and social scientists working together to meet the regional challenges of biodiversity conservation, sustainability of marine ecosystem services, and protection of human well-being in light of population pressure, environmental degradation, extreme weather events, and climate change/variability. The objectives are to: co-design an integrative program that would establish the sustainability of the marginal seas of South and East Asia; and play a catalytic role in projects and programs to facilitate scientific cooperation for the benefit of societies. The overall goal is to generate knowledge that can bring about transformative change toward sustainability in the marginal seas of South and East Asia, and contribute toward sustainability at the global level.