Fifth IOC/WESTPAC Workshop on the Coral Reef Resilience to Climate Change and Human Impacts (Former name: WESTPAC-CorReCAP)

The objective of this workshop is to brainstorm and discuss on coral reef resilience, management and conservation in the Western Pacific region. Collaborative publications, training courses and enhancing young scientist network for coral reef research are main aspects for discussion in the workshop.



Tuesday, June 5, 2018


14:30 - 17:30


Shanghai Hall, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

  • Prof. Dr. Jing Zhang
    State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research,East China Normal University,
  • Shanghai, China
  • Dr. Porfirio M. Alino
    The Marine Science Institute,
  • University of the Philippines
    Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines

Dr. Fernando P. Siringan
Marine Science Institute
University of the Philippines
Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines

Dr. Thamasak Yeemin
Marine Science Association of Thailand and Marine Biodiversity Research Group,
Faculty of Science, Ramkhamhaeng University, Huamark, Bangkok, Thailand

Improving Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting System for Marine Protected Areas and Networks


The primary response of the government and non-government organizations to protect important habitats and biodiversity has been the establishment of marine protected areas and fish sanctuaries. At present, there are 33 MPAs established through the National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS) and 1,800 under the Fisheries Code and Local Government code. Expanding spatial coverage of MPAs and forming networks has been undertaken to enhance benefits through coordinated management, enforcement and information sharing. Therefore, it is necessary to improve the system in monitoring, evaluation and reporting of effectiveness and progress in achieving targets to come up with enhanced strategies and concerted efforts to ensure ecological, social and economic benefits from conservation efforts and management Areas.

This workshop aims to provide a venue for management organizations, scientific community, and the general public to share initiatives, innovative research and ideas to progress current initiatives to a holistic and interoperable system in monitoring, evaluation and reporting system (e.g., State of the Coast, State of the Coral Triangle, Convention on Biodiversity, Aichi Targets).


Wednesday, June 6, 2018




Seoul Room, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

SMARTSeas PH Project

Biodiversity Management Bureau
Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Philippines

United Nations Development Program

Workshop on enhancing young scientist network for coral reef research in the Western Pacific

In contributions of Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC) has adopted the project entitled “Coral Reefs under Climate and Anthropogenic Perturbations” (IOC/WESTPAC-CorReCAP). The young scientist network for coral reef research in the Western Pacific has been initiated by a group of trainees of the IOC/WESTPAC-CorReCAP training courses. The IOC/WESTPAC-CorReCAP Project organized three training courses successfully during 2010 – 2014 for graduate students and early career scientists. The training courses were conducted at Koh Samui, Thailand, Sanya, China and Nha Trang, Vietnam.

This workshop is organized by the IOC/WESTPAC-CorReCAP Project in collaboration with the Marine Biodiversity Research Group of Ramkhamhaeng University, Thailand. The main objectives of this workshop are to enhance a young scientist network with a well-coordinated in the Western Pacific region and to continue collaborative research activities in the future.


Thursday, June 7, 2018




Manila B Hall, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

  • Dr. Mathinee Yucharoen
  • Prince of Songkla University
  • Thailand
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  • Dr. Li Xiubao
  • Hainan University
  • China
  • Dr. Vo Tran Tuan Linh
  • Institute of Oceanography

Dr. Aazani Mujahid
University Malaysia Sarawak

Dr. Jen Nie Lee
School of Marine and Environmental Science
Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Malaysia

Woo Sau Pinn
Hokkaido University

Sittiporn Pengsakun
Ramkhamhaeng University

Watchara Samsuvan
Ramkhamhaeng University

Colleagues from the Philippines, Indonesia and Korea.