International Conference on “Blue Carbon Ecosystems for Sustainable Development with Special Emphasis to Mangrove Ecosystems” 11 – 13 January 2023

Venue: Yokohama National University, Yokohama, and Hakkeijima Sea Paradise

The Yokohama National University – UNESCO Chair (EBRoSS) will held the International Conference on “Blue Carbon Ecosystems for Sustainable Development with Special Emphasis to Mangrove Ecosystems” on January 11-13, 2023, in collaboration with the UNESCO New Delhi Office and the International Society for Mangrove Ecosystems (ISME).

Saline ecosystems are blue carbon ecosystems, many of them with high productivity rates and of major global importance for carbon sequestration and accumulation of organic matter in the soil. They are of tremendous value toward the utilization of high-salinity water, such as seawater, as well as hyper-saline soils, and salt-tolerant biota for the production of biomass, for food, feed, fiber, fuel, other economic purposes, and carbon sequestration. In order to achieve the 17 United Nations Sustainability Goals, the scientific research into blue carbon ecosystems is an absolutely important element. Moreover, monitoring is needed, as well as the conservation of the remaining blue carbon ecosystems, and the restoration of lost habitat.

The organizers of this Conference would like to generate new scientific knowledge on Blue Carbon Ecosystems and their components, with a special view to halophytes and salinity and in particular with mangroves. After this conference, the contributions will be published in the first volume of a book series that will provide comprehensive scientific documentation inspiring the way forward on how to utilize saline resources in the best interest of humanity. Please participate this conference!


Avicennia marina mangrove stand in Mohamed Gol, on the Sudanese coast of the Red Sea

Conference Schedule (to be updated)

11th January 2023: Venue: Yokohama National University, Building S7-5, ‘Junko Nakanishi Memorial Room’, room 316.

10:00      Opening remarks. By Prof. Izuru Umehara (President, YNU)

10:05      Congratulatory addresses:

10:10    UNESCO Beijing Office. By Dr. Shahbaz Khan

10:15     Kanagawa Prefecture, by Mr. Yoshiyuki Makino,

10:20      Prof. Masato Nobutoki’s idea on Local actions on blue carbon ecosystem restoration in Yokohama and introduction of Japan Blue Economy Association. By Prof. Hiroyuki Matsuda, Yokohama National University (YNU)

10:25      Break

10:45      Definition of Blue Carbon Ecosystems. By Prof. Ryo Kohsaka, University of Tokyo

11:10      Carbon Sequestration in Mangroves at a Global Level. Dr. Tomomi Inoue, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Tsukuba, Japan

11:30      Blue Carbon Ecosystems in the Asia-Pacific Region. By Dr. Shahbaz Khan, Director UNESCO Beijing Office

11:50      The role of high-salinity-levels for blue carbon ecosystems. By Prof. Bilquees Gul, Institute for Sustainable Halophyte Utilization (ISHU), Karachi, Pakistan

12:10      Lunch

13:30      A Desirable Framework for Creating a Carbon-Neutral Society. By Prof. Dai-Yeun Jeong, Asia Climate Change Education Center, Jeju Island, Ro Korea

14:00      Sabhka Ecosystems of the World. By Dr. Abdul Hameed, ISHU, Pakistan

14:15      Quantifying the potential of carbon sequestration in Blue Carbon ecosystems. By Dr. Martin Zimmer, Leibniz-Centre for Martine Tropical Research (ZMT) and University of Bremen, Germany

14:35      Collaboration with the UNESCO Chair in Portugal. By Dr. Antonio Abreu, UNESCO Chair on Biodiversity Safeguard for Sustainable Development, University of Coimbra, Portugal

14:55      Break

15:15      Collaboration with the UNESCO Chair on South-South Cooperation for Sustainable Development in Brazil: Blue Carbon Ecosystems in Coastal Amazonia. By Prof. Luis Aragon, Centre for Amazonian Studies (NAEA), University of Belem, Brazil

15:35      Blue Carbon Systems and Mangroves in Australia. By Dr. Tom Espinoza, Great Sandy Biosphere Reserve, Queensland, Australia

15:50      Expectations for Japanese BRs and EBRoSS (UNESCO Chair at YNU). By Prof. Hiroyuki Matsuda, YNU

16:05      Discussion. Facilitated by Prof. Miguel Clüsener Godt, YNU

16:35     End of the first day

18:00      Dinner

12th January 2023: Venue: Hakkeijima Sea Paradise

10:00      Short summary of the first day. By Prof. Miguel Clüsener Godt, YNU

10:05      Floating Mangroves, a new alternative for carbon sequestration. By Dr. Benno Böer, UNESCO Delhi Office, India

10:20      Blue Carbon Systems and Mangroves in Japan. By Prof. Kiyoshi Fujimoto, Nanzan University, Nagoya, Japan

10:40      Blue Carbon Systems and Mangroves in Malaysia. By Dr. Waseem Razzaq Khan, University Putra Malaysia Bintulu Campus

11:00      Blue Carbon Systems and Mangroves in China. By (tbd)

11:20      Break

11:40      The 30 by 30 challenge and the MAB Programme. By Prof. Miguel Clüsener-Godt, YNU

12:00      Future perspectives of the MAB Programme in relation to blue carbon ecosystems and mangroves. By Dr. Benno Böer, UNESCO Delhi Office

12:20      Lunch

13:50      Promoting tri-party collaboration trough the conservation of mangrove ecosystems of Fonseca Bay in Central America. By Dr. Motohiro Hasegawa, JICA, Japan

14:10    ITTO’s Cooperation on Blue Carbon Ecosystems. By Dr. Tetra Yanuariadi, ITTO, Yokohama

14:30    ISME’s Work on Blue Carbon Ecosystems. By Prof. Shigeyuki Baba, ISME, Okinawa

14:50    Sharkfin Bay Project in the Palawan Biosphere Reserve in the Philippines. By Dr. Frederic Tardieu – Sulubaai Foundation, Pantagalan, The Philippines

15:10    Private Sector Financing in research of Blue Carbon, the case of ARAMCO. By Dr. Ronald Loughland, Riyad, Saudi Arabia

15:30      Blue Carbon and Peatland Ecosystems. By Prof. Hans Joosten, University of Greifswald, Germany

15:50     Introduction to the Visit of the Aquarium in Yokohama. by Prof. Hiroyuki Matsuda, YNU

16:00     Break

16:30      Discussion of second day. Facilitated by Prof. Miguel Clüsener-Godt, YNU

17:00      Conclusion remarks of the conference. By Prof. Bilquees Gul, ISHU

17:05     Closing remarks. By Prof. Hiromi Kabashima, Vice-President, YNU

17:10     End of second day

18:00     Dinner

13th January 2023: Venue: Hakkeijima Sea Paradise

10:00     Visit to Aquarium in Yokohama and Yokohama Blue Carbon Initiative

12:00     Lunch

13:00     Continuation of the visit

17:00     End of visit, debriefing

18:30    Dinner