The Asia-Pacific Network (APN) Workshop on Key Indicator Species and Habitats for Marine Biodiversity Change in East Asia was held at Jeju National University, Jeju Island, Korea, from November 28 to November 30, 2022. The primary purpose of the workshop was to enhance capabilities for research on global change and sustainability in the region, as well as to support science-based decision-making both locally and globally. By focusing on key indicator species, ecosystem types, and major pathways affecting marine biodiversity changes in the Northwest Pacific, the workshop aimed to provide valuable insights into marine ecosystems’ dynamics and conservation strategies.
The workshop featured a diverse program, including inspiring keynote addresses and invited talks delivered by eminent scientists and scholars in the field of marine biodiversity. These presentations enriched participants’ understanding of the key indicator species, habitats, and pathways influencing marine biodiversity in the region. The event provided a conducive platform for researchers to share their findings, experiences, and expertise, fostering collaborative efforts to address marine biodiversity loss and change.
Led by prominent marine biodiversity institutions in East Asia, and supported by Jeju National University and the Northwest Pacific Action Plan (NOWPAP) of UNEP, the workshop successfully brought together stakeholders from academia, government, and non-governmental organizations. This collaborative effort aimed to enhance regional research capabilities and promote evidence-based science-policy decision-making processes.
The workshop results hold substantial value for the development of the NOWPAP Regional Action Plan on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity. By providing valuable insights into key indicator species and habitats, the workshop outcomes will contribute significantly to the conservation and sustainable use of marine resources in the Northwest Pacific. Additionally, aligning with the objectives of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG 14) – Life Below Water, the workshop’s findings and recommendations will help achieve targets related to marine biodiversity conservation.