Coral Reef under Climate and Anthropogenic Perturbations (2008-2017)
Coral reefs as a whole in the Western Pacific Region is rich in biodiversity and very productive in system service of the world, but is also the most threatened and damaged ecosystem influenced by predicted global change and anthropogenic perturbations, which have been accelerating over recent decades.
In contributions to High Level Objective in 2008-2013 of Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO on the “Safeguarding the Marine Ecosystems”, IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC) adopted the project entitled “Coral Reefs under Climate and Anthropogenic Perturbations” (IOC/WESTPAC-CorReCAP) at its Seventh Inter-governmental Session, Sabah of Malaysia, 26-29 May 2008. Participants of this new initiative include scientists from countries of IOC/WESTPAC Rim with invited members from other parts of the world (e.g. Europe).
The mission of this project is carried out through workshops and training courses, as well as activities between meetings.