APN International Seminar on Global Warming and Ecosystem/Biodiversity Changes: Facing the Challenge of Changing Ecosystems, 02 December 2007, Kobe, Hyogo Pref., Japan

Global warming, due to the emission of greenhouse gases, is progressing and affecting ecosystems all over the world. Natural ecosystems provide human beings with essentials such as food, fibre, water, energy and air. Thus, stable ecosystems are the basis for human subsistence and security.

Each ecosystem consists of diverse organisms and physical environments, and their interactions produce subsistence materials for human beings. Climate determines the distribution of organisms and regulates the magnitude of the biological-physical interactions.

How does global warming affect ecosystems? How do we face the challenges of changing ecosystems? It is believed that temperature rise and precipitation change will not stop even if we moderately reduce greenhouse gases. We need to begin raising societal adaptability for changing ecosystems in addition to the efforts to mitigate global warming. In this seminar, Asia-Pacific scientists who study the influences of global warming spoke on the latest scientific results and point out the importance of adaptation.

Presentations given by the invited speakers (in pdf file)

Toshi Nagata (in Japanese)

Nobuyuki Tanaka (in English)

Hiromu Daimaru (in Japanese)

Mastura Mahmud (in English)

Kanehiro Kitayama (in Japanese)

Chuluun Togtohyn (in English)

Basantha Shrestha (in English)

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