Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas / New Ocean Paradigm on Its Biogeochemistry, Ecosystem and Sustainable Use (NEOPS)


International Symposium on "Future Management of Ocean Ecosystem Services"

Date: 10:00-18:00, 1 October 2013
Venue: Koshiba Hall, Hongo Campus, The University of Tokyo (Campus map
Organizer: The University of Tokyo (financial support by Grant-in-aid for scientific research on innovative areas; New Ocean Paradigm on Its Biochemistry, Ecosystem and Sustainable Use)

10:00–10:20 Opening Remarks: Towards Sustainable Use of the High Seas Ken Furuya (Dean, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the University of Tokyo)
10:20–11:10 Biodiversity in the Oceans: Understanding, Using, Managing and Conserving it through the Ecosystem Approach Peter Bridgewater (Chair, UK Joint Nature Conservation Committee)
11:10–12:10 The Ocean Health Index: Global and Regional Applications and Future Directions Benjamin S. Halpern (Director, Center for Marine Assessment and Planning, University of California, Santa Barbara)
13:30–14:30 CBD’s Work on Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biodiversity: Scientific Assessment, Addressing Threats, and Developing Tools and Partnerships Jihyun Lee (Environment Affairs Officer for Marine and Coastal Biodiversity, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity)
14:30–15:30 Current Problems of Ocean Management Joji Morishita (Director-General, National Research Institute of Far Seas Fisheries)
Coffee Break
16:00–17:00 Fishery Performance Indicators James L. Anderson (Leader, Global Program on Fisheries (PROFISH), The World Bank)
17:00–17:30 Shortcomings of UNCLOS and Future Perspectives of Ocean Management Nobuyuki Yagi (Associate Professor, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the University of Tokyo)
17:30–18:00 Wrap-up Session
18:00–20:00 Reception (Please pay 2,000 yen at the registration desk if you wish to join the reception.)
Objectives of the Symposium

International debate on conservation and utilization of the ocean tends to focus on tangible aspects such as the enforcement of fishery operation regulations, and often overlooks other important intangible issues. Above all, there has been a lack of discussion on conservation and utilization based on the foresight of how material cycling and marine ecosystems will respond to a marine environment that is changing on a global scale.

Within this context, a research team consisting of the University of Tokyo and others launched a five-year project “New Ocean Paradigm on its Biogeochemistry, Ecosystem and Sustainable Use (NEOPS)” with grant-in-aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas in 2012. This is an attempt to propose new ocean management by classifying the ocean into multiple provinces based on material cycling and ecosystem functions of the ocean, which provides a bundle of services to humans, and by evaluating those functions and values for each province.

In this symposium, various efforts to evaluate the ocean will be brought to light, and the underlying motivations for these efforts will be discussed. There will also be a discussion of a potential new paradigm of the ocean to replace the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.


English and Japanese simultaneous interpretation will be provided during the symposium. Please send your name, affiliation and email address to ocean.symposium2013 at for registration. Please also indicate whether you wish to join the reception (costs 2,000 yen) in your email.

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