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The Center for Environmental Biology and Ecosystem Studies (CEBES) was established as one of the eight research centers of the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) on April 1, 2011, in order to assume a leading role in the nation’s basic and applied research for the area of environmental biology and ecosystems. CEBES strives to contribute to the accumulation of the scientific knowledge and data necessary for the conservation of biodiversity and ecological services.

Biodiversity Research Program

This Program aims to understand the current status of biodiversity, make predictions of its future, and propose reliable and effective methods for its conservation on scientific bases.

  • Development of the methods and protocol to monitor the status of biodiversity at the genetic and landscape level
  • Assessment of biodiversity on a broad scale and the scenario analyses for future prediction
  • Study of the effects of anthropogenic disturbances on biodiversity and their management


Basin Ecosystem Functions Research Program

  • Development of the strategic environmental assessment technology and its application to watershed restoration