The Biodiversity Observation Network in the Asia-Pacific Region: Toward Further Development of Monitoring

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Biological diversity is important for ecosystem function and services, which in turn isessential for human well-being.Under the Convention on Biological Diversity, international efforts have been madeto achieve a significant reduction in the current rate of biodiversity loss. The loss continues, however. TheAsia-Pacific region includes both developing countries with high biodiversity and developed countries with sophisticated data collection and analyses, but only limited information about the status quo of ...

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Overview

Biological diversity is important for ecosystem function and services, which in turn isessential for human well-being.Under the Convention on Biological Diversity, international efforts have been madeto achieve a significant reduction in the current rate of biodiversity loss. The loss continues, however. TheAsia-Pacific region includes both developing countries with high biodiversity and developed countries with sophisticated data collection and analyses, but only limited information about the status quo of biodiversity in this region has been available.ManyAsia-Pacificcountrieshave rapidly grown their economies and social infrastructures, causinga loss of biodiversity and requiringan urgent mandate to achieve a balance between development and conservation in the region.In December 2009, scientistssuccessfully organizedthe Asia-Pacific Biodiversity Observation Network in the region,to establish a network forresearch and monitoring of ecosystems and biodiversity and tobuilda cooperative framework. The present volume is the first collection of information on biodiversity in the Asia-Pacific and represents a quantum step forward in science that optimizes the synergy between development and biodiversity conservation.

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Preface.-
General Introduction.-
Strategies to observe and assess changes of terrestrial biodiversity in the Asia-Pacific Regions.-

Biodiversity outlook in the Southeast Asia: Challenges and prospects for the next decade.-
The Economics and Economic Valuation of Ecosystems and Biodiversity in Japan.-

Networks for Monitoring and Research on Biodiversity in the Asia-Pacific Region.-
Plant Diversity in Two Philippine LTER Sites.-
Biodiversity Observation and Monitoring in Thailand.-
Introduction to Ecological and Biodiversity Monitoring in China.-
A note on some vegetation types which were studied with the same methodology in Indonesia.-
Biodiversity issues in Indonesia, with special reference to biodiversity in human-dominated landscapes.-
International Long-Term Ecological Research Network activities in the East Asia-Pacific Region and Biodiversity Monitoring.-
The status of biodiversity loss in lakes and ponds in Japan.-
Fish biodiversity research in the Mekong Basin.-
Monitoring fish biodiversity in the Yangtze River, China.-
Fish biodiversity monitoring in rivers of S. Korea.-

Establishing a Biodiversity Database.-
Data discovery mechanisms for biodiversity resources in the Asia-Pacific region.-
ILTER and JaLTER: Their Missions and Linkage to Database Development in the Asia-Pacific Region.-
Long-term monitoring of natural forests and its database (Forest dynamics database: FDDB) constructed by Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute (FFPRI), Japan.-
Current status and nationwide database of river and floodplain ecosystem in Japan.-
BISMaL: Biological Information System for Marine Life and Role for Biodiversity Research.-

New Methods and Analyses for Biodiversity Studies.-
DNA barcoding: a novel tool for observation of biodiversity.-
Development of threatened species portal in the Asia-Pacific region.-
Linking remote sensing and in situ ecosystem / biodiversity observations by “Satellite Ecology”. In situ/remote sensing integration working group of J-BON.-
Long-term Monitoring and Prediction of Ecosystem using Remote Sensing and CLUE-S Model: Sakaerat Environmental Research Station.-
East and Southeast Asian pteridophyte flora and DNA barcoding.-
Spatially-explicit models for freshwater fishes for their conservation planning.-

Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.-
Sensing/monitoring networks on carbon balance and biodiversity in tropical peatland.-
Biodiversity Research for the Development of Indicator Organisms in Environment-Preserving Agriculture.-
Biodiversity of invertebrates and plant in Korea paddy fields.-
Agrobiodiversity in Sri Lanka: A Case in Village Tank Systems.-
Biodiversity of freshwater fishes in Japan in relation to inland fisheries.-
Conservation and restoration of lakeshore vegetation in Lake Kasumigaura, Japan.-
Capacity Building for Fish Taxonomy in Southeast Asia.-

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