The Palau Coral Reef and Island Ecosystem (P-CoRIE) project will hold its Research Seminar at the Kedarm conference room at the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) on Wednesday, September 21, 2016.  The Seminar will precede P-CoRIE’s fourth Joint Coordination Committee meeting on the same day.  The P-CoRIE project is a five-year collaborative project among PICRC, the Palau Community College (PCC), and University of Ryukyus (UoR) whose focus is on interdisciplinary research efforts to understand and quantify the impacts of climate change.


The Research Seminar will focus on the updates of the project, revision of the project plan, and activities for the coming year.  This space will allow experts and researchers to present their findings under the P-CoRIE project. Speakers and presenters include Associate Professor from UoR, Dr. Takashi Nakamura, who will give an overview of the progress so far as well as plans towards completing the project and finally utilizing the information into policies. Dr. Nakamura along with P-CoRIE researcher, Dr. Yuen Yeong Shyan, and PICRC researcher, Marine Gouezo will all present their projects on different coral reef community surveys.  Another Assistant Professor from UoR, Dr. Haruko Kurihara along with P-CoRIE researcher, Dr. Chuki Hongo, Assistant Professor from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Dr. Atsuishi Watanabe, and PICRC researcher, Evelyn Otto will present their talks under the “Effects of climate change and local stress on coral reefs”.  Associate Professor from UoR, Dr. James Davis Reimer, P-CoRIE researcher, Dr. Julien Lorion, and PICRC researcher, Victor Nestor will present their topics under their biodiversity and connectivity research in Palau.  UoR Professor, Yoko Fujita, and Assistant Professor, Dr. Kaoruko Miyakuni will talk about economic valuation of coral reefs and the attitudes towards tourism in Palau. Finally, Japan Wildlife Research Center (JWRC) Chief Researcher, Tadashi Kimura will talk about capacity enhancement efforts in Palau.

The P-CoRIE Research Seminar is open to the public.  Anyone who is interested is welcomed to come and join the seminar and hear about ongoing and proposed projects for the remainder of this five-year collaboration project. The Seminar will begin at 8:30 AM and conclude at 3:00 PM.

The P-CoRIE project is supported by two Japanese government agencies, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which falls under the Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS), which promotes international joint research targeting global issues.  Its core component is collaboration with other countries stemming from the basic fact that global challenges cannot be met by a single country or region acting on its own. [/restriction]