In the early 21st century, we recognize that human activities over the past half a century have markedly damaged biodiversity and ecosystems on the planet, which endangers the foundation of our society, the economy, and the sustainability of the environment. Following the UN Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (2005), the international framework for conservation of biodiversity and ecosystems, including the Aichi Biodiversity Targets agreed at the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention of Biological Diversity (2010), was strengthened, and activities of biodiversity observation networks are becoming active.
The Center for Environmental Biology and Ecosystem Studies promotes research that contributes to these international efforts for various organisms on earth and their ecosystems. We will also focus on research for conservation and strive to disseminate the research results.
Apr. 1, 2017
Hiroya Yamano, Director
Center for Environmental Biology and Ecosystem Studies, NIES, JAPAN