International Symposium on Coral Reefs in Crisis

  • DATE / TIME:
    2017•03•21    13:30 - 16:00

    UNU-IAS will co-organize the International Symposium on Coral Reefs in Crisis, hosted by the Tara Expeditions Foundation with support from agnès b. Japan Inc. and the Global Environmental Outreach Centre (GEOC). Backed by international enterprises and organizations such as agnès b., UNESCO, the EU, and IUCN, Tara Expeditions have travelled from the North Pole to the Antarctic Ocean over the past 12 years to study the impact of climate change on the seas. Since 2016, the organization has focused on coral reefs in the Pacific Ocean.

    This symposium will be held during Tara’s first visit to Japan, and it aims to introduce their activities as well as the current conditions of coral reefs around the world. The event also invites experts to discuss ways to meet Goal 14 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Life Below Water, which is to “conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources.”

    Simultaneous interpretation in Japanese and English will be available.

    Participation is free but a limited number of seats are available. Please register by clicking on the REGISTER button above.


    13:00 Registration
    13:30 Opening
    Introduction: Katsuhiko Hibino, Professor, Tokyo University of the Arts

    Opening Remarks: Kazuhiko Takemoto, Director, UNU-IAS

    13:45 Keynote Speeches: The Current Situation of Coral Reefs in the World and the Challenges for Tara Expeditions

    • Romain Troublé, General Manager, Tara Expeditions
    • Sylvain Agostini, Assistant Professor, University of Tsukuba

    14:40 Break

    14:50 Panel Discussion: How to Protect the Biodiversity of Our Oceans

    • Hiroya Yamano, Senior Researcher, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Social and Environmental Systems Division


    • Romain Troublé, General Manager, Tara Expeditions
    • Yohei Nakamura, Associate Professor, Faculty of Agriculture and Marine Science, Kochi University
    • Yoshimi Suzuki, President, Japanese Coral Reef Society
    • Philip Vaughter, Research Fellow, UNU-IAS
    • Yasuaki Miyamoto, Head of NPO Coral Network/ Board Member of CEPA
    • Katsuhiko Hibino, Professor, Tokyo University of the Arts
    • Tomoyuki Yamamoto, Journalist, Asahi Shimbun

    15:50 Closing

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