2nd CECAM Asia-Pacific Regional Symposium (CRS-2)

Background and Call for Papers

In its last (fifth) year of implementation, the project on Coastal Ecosystem Conservation and Adaptive Management under Local and Global Environmental Impacts in the Philippines or CECAM is a joint Japan-Philippines research initiative aimed at enhancing research capacity in a developing country. The outcomes have potentials for practical application in tropical biodiversity conservation and hazard mitigation & adaptation. It is under a new program, the “Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development” (SATREPS) of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).

This 2nd CECAM Asia-Pacific Regional Symposium (CRS-2) will be held on 29-30 January 2015 in the Philippines. Its activities are expected to benefit coastal ecosystems management, and help to underpin the development of responsible and sound policies for coastal resources conservation and climate change mitigation and adaptation options. The symposium will also benefit coastal ecological, social, and physical sciences and will put in motion a process for creating a joint action plan. This will be useful for the planning and development of national and regional monitoring platforms that will be responsive to the current and emerging needs in the areas of coastal ecosystems research, modelling and services.

Important Dates:

Registration opens on October 1, 2014.

Deadline for submission of Abstracts is on November 10, 2014 extended to November 20, 2014.

For the Acceptance Notice, please take note of the following dates:
November 18 (Tues) – Acceptance Notice for submitted abstracts on Nov. 10.
November 25 (Tues) – Acceptance Notice on submitted abstract by Nov. 20.

Deadline for Registration on December 15, 2014.

Please register your details and submit your abstracts through the links below.

Welcome Letter

On behalf of CECAM and its partners, I’d like to personally welcome each of you to the CRS-2. It’s an exciting time as we continue to face the current local and global environmental challenges and uncertainties, remaining always motivated and responsive to new, relevant and stakeholder-focused ideas. In the last four years, CECAM is confronting a time of many changes and we’re meeting these changes during a time of larger nation-wide and global change. Conservation science and its social dimension is an exciting area in which to work/study/play, and we will continue to encourage and bring inspired people together in forums like this, management efforts.

CRS-2 hopes to transform the way coastal scientists and entrepreneurs continuously improve their ability to effect sustainable development of the coasts for the benefit of their constituents.

At this point in time, the advanced information below would give you a general idea of what you can expect and what we hope to achieve over the two days of the symposium. I’d like to thank each of you for your interest in our symposium and for bringing your expertise to our gathering.. Throughout this symposium, I ask you to stay engaged, keep us proactive and help us shape the future of coastal and marine conservation and management in the Asia-Pacific region. My personal respect and thanks goes out to all of you.


Dr. Yukio Nagahama
Project Coordinator

For: Professor Kazuo Nadaoka
Chief Technical Adviser


The 1st CECAM Asia-Pacific Regional Symposium (CRS-1) was held on 7-8 November 2012 in Quezon City, Philippines. It aimed at encouraging participants to share knowledge and practices to guide properly coastal zone practitioners towards new directions in research, education and in institutional reforms.  It ran along the theme: “New knowledge, new directions, new futures, new challenges”.

This 2nd CECAM Asia-Pacific Regional Symposium (CRS-2) aims to:

  1. Share and promote the outcomes of CECAM and critically consider them in national and regional efforts towards resilience and sustainability of Asia-Pacific coasts;
  2. Underpin the development of responsible science-based policies to conserve and manage natural coastal resources in the face of climate change and environmental uncertainties;
  3. Put in motion a process for creating a joint action plan for the planning and development of national and regional monitoring platforms that will be responsive to the current and emerging needs in the areas of coastal ecosystems research, modelling and services.

Invited speakers

The two days will open with keynotes by experts from Asia-Pacific region who are prominent in the fields of marine geochemistry, physical oceanography, marine ecology and genetics, modelling and GIS, and the social sciences. Their presentations

will be focused, giving the latest and most relevant developments on areas within the themes and topics given below.

Theme and Topics

The theme of CRS-2 is “Linking science and policy towards community resilience in a rapidly changing Asia-Pacific”. A key aspect will be the sharing and promotion of the outcomes of an Integrated Decision Support System (IDSS), a coupled human-sea system, which links science and policy. All in plenary, the four sessions below will consist of papers and posters dealing with the following topics:

  • S1: Physical and chemical processes in coasts: geochemical, hydrodynamic and geomorphological change.
  • S2: Coastal ecosystem response to environmental gradients: marine ecology and genetics
  • S3: Process Interactions and Integration: modeling, GIS, and decision support systems
  • S4: Working towards community resilience and coastal sustainability

Scientific Program

Sessions will focus on the highlights of CECAM and related research on the Theme and Topics above. These are integrated and utilized in addressing issues of the coastal zone in the region e.g. eutrophication, resources overexploitation, tourism impacts, siltation, governance, and impacts of climate variability. Day 1 will be opened with welcome messages by guests, and keynotes by experts. Day 2 will start with relevant keynotes and continue the presentations and discussions, capped by a workshop to develop a road map of the most immediate steps towards an effective national and regional solution to these issues.    A tentative program is given below:

Depending on the number of abstracts accepted, the positioning of the symposia in the programme is subject to final changes.

Structure & Participation

Guided by pre-arranged protocols, Day 1 activities of CRS-2 consist of keynotes by prominent experts in relevant fields of expertise. These will be followed by plenary sessions and poster presentations dealing with the above theme and topics. It is the sole responsibility of each of the CECAM Research Component Leaders to organize their respective sessions and subsequent discussions. A Mayors’ Roundtable will highlight the day, to emphasize the crucial role of governance and institutional arrangements in conservation and management efforts. Day 2 will basically be a workshop or challenge and integrative sessions among members of ‘expert’ groups. The members of these groups (modules) will be pre-selected based primarily on expertise, hence, the technical aspect of the workshop will be structured to reflect contributions in the four thematic sessions above. Highly qualified conveners will be invited to take charge of the   modules.

An integrated framework and approach will be adopted to guide the symposium.  This has some major features that include:

  • It is intersectoral and interdisciplinary
  • It addresses a well-defined issue
  • It creates opportunities to link planning to implementation
  • It directs research at questions of direct relevance to resources management
  • It involves those affected by management schemes
  • It promotes sharing of experience among participants and resource managers

The target audience and participants will comprise professionals from the natural and social sciences, decision makers, protected area managers, educators, tourism entrepreneurs and development planners, resort operators, concerned government officials, NGOs, and local communities, including local cultural minorities. We expect at least 100 participants and guests.


For registration, please click the ‘Register Here’ link below. Make sure you receive a confirmation otherwise please contact the Participants and Registration Committee at the contact numbers below. Deadline for registration is December 15, 2014.

Abstract Submission

1. Abstracts for both oral and poster presentations should be submitted in English, in A4 size, Times New Roman font; no longer than 300 words. Included in the main body of the abstract are the following:

  • Title (font size 14 Point; bold), make sure the title is brief and clearly indicates the nature of the presentation; Authors (12 P, bold); Affiliation (12 P, normal); text (12 P, normal); key words (4 to 6 key words, 12 P, normal, Italic).
  • Use line spacing of 16P and leave a 2.5 cm margin on all sides of the text.
  • Indent ca. 3 spaces on the first line of each paragraph and do not leave blank lines between paragraphs.
  • Abstracts should not contain literature citations.

2. To submit your abstracts, please click the ‘Abstract’ link below.  Abstract submission is extended to November 20, 2014. Automatic confirmation of receipt of Abstract will be sent upon your submission. Make sure you receive a confirmation otherwise please contact the Abstract Committee at the contact numbers below. Acceptance notification of submitted abstracts on November 10 will be sent on November 18 (Tuesday); Abstracts submitted on November 20 will be sent on November 25 .

Oral presentations

All presentations should be in PowerPoint. If possible, email your presentation to the Program Committee at least a day before the symposium starts. Presentations must be handed in to the Program Committee at the beginning of the day before the sessions start.

Twelve minutes is the allowed time for each presentation, with additional 3 minutes for questions. Conference organizers will be strict in keeping presenters within this time limit. Please do not exceed the allocated time for your presentation.

As a recommendation, make a brief introduction to your problem; state the objectives of your work, the main results, and the conclusions. Arrive at the meeting room at the beginning of your session and contact the session chair or Conference staff for any last-minute instructions.

Poster presentations

Posters will be organized corresponding to the session topics. Each poster will be assigned a number and location.  In the affiliated oral sessions, the chairs will draw attention to the posters associated with that particular session.

Poster Dimensions: Each poster should measure 46.81 inches (Height) x 33.11 inches (Width) or A0 size; and should be readable from 2 m away.

Format and Content Recommendations: Keep your poster simple; provide a clear “take-home” message.  Sections to be included: Title, Authors, Affiliation, Introduction, Methods (if essential), Results, Conclusions, Short References, Acknowledgments. Use direct and simple sentences.

E-copy of Posters: Please send your posters in PDF to the Abstract Committee on or before January 26, 2015 for documentation.

Printed Posters for Display: Please bring your printed posters in the poster venue before the start of the symposium on January 29, 2015. Presenters are expected to be by their posters during the specific assigned period.

You can provide further details in discussions with attendees as well as supplemental information (e.g. reduced copies of the poster, business cards, printed abstracts, etc.).


We are planning to publish the research papers on which the oral and posters are based in late 2015. Author(s) who are willing to submit their manuscripts for publication are requested to follow the instructions to be communicated to all participants in due time, and send their manuscripts to the guest editors who will be assigned.


Below are some of the convenient and reasonably priced hotels in the area for your options. We advise all participants to book in advance.

Hotel Rembrandt
Address: Tomas Morato Ave. Diliman, Quezon City
Tel No.: +632 373 – 3333

Website: http://hotelrembrandt.com.ph/
Fersal Hotel
Address: 130 Kalayaan Ave. Diliman, Quezon City
Tel No.: +632 911-2161

Website: http://www.fersal.com.ph/kalayaan/
One Liberty Hotel
Address: 12 Kalayaan Ave. Diliman, Quezon City
Tel No.: +632 411-1111

Website: http://oneliberty.powersites.ph/#Hotel
Seameo- Innotech
Address: Commonwealth Ave. UP Diliman, Quezon City
Tel No.: +632 924-7681/+632 928-7348

Website: http://www.seameo.org/
The Sulo Riviera Quezon City
Address:  Matalino Road, Diliman, Quezon City
Tel. No.: (02) 924-5051

Website: http://www.sulorivierahotel.com/index.php
University Hotel
Address: Guerrero St. Cor. Aglipay UP Campus, Diliman, Quezon City
Tel. No.: (02) 926-1953/435-1318

Website: http://universityhotel.ph/
Microtel Inn & Suites (UP Technohub)
Address: UP-Ayala Land Technohub, Commonwealth Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City
Tel No.: (02) 804-6888

Website: http://www.microtel-uptechnohub.com

General information

Passports and Visas

Participants, particularly from overseas, are strongly advised to check entry formalities and visa requirements for the Philippines. Please confirm entry requirements with your travel agent or with the Philippine Embassy closest to you before you travel.

Foreign Exchange and Banking

The currency in the Philippines is the Philippine PESO. Travellers’ cheques can be cashed at numerous banks. Credit cards (Visa, MasterCard and American express) are accepted in most stores and restaurants. Several ATM bank machines are located near the venue or your hotels. Banks are generally open Monday to Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.


The climate of the Philippines is tropical, characterized by relatively high temperature and high humidity. There are two seasons in the country, wet and dry. December to February is the dry and cool period, while March to June is the dry  and hot period. The rains come in July to November.

Weather in the Philippines is monitored and managed by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration(known locally by its acronym, PAGASA). For weather updates you may visit http://www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph/


In the Philippines the standard voltage is 220V, 60 Hz frequency, with a type A/B/C electrical plug or power sockets. You will need to bring a converter for the electrical devices if these devices require 120V. Below you will find pictures of these power sockets and corresponding plugs:

In some hotels, adaptors may be available from the Reception Desk upon request.

Useful Phone Numbers in the Philippines

National Emergency Number: Dial 117.


St. Luke’s Medical Center
Address: 279 E. Rodriguez Sr. Boulevard, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Tel. Nos. +632 723-0101; +632 727-5583; +632 727-5584

Capitol Medical Center
Address: Quezon Avenue corner Scout Magbanua Street
Quezon City, Philippines 1103
Emergency Room: +632-371-2157; +632 374-6279
Other Tel. Nos.: (063) 372-3825 to 44

UP Health Service
Address: JP Laurel St., UP Campos, Diliman, Quezon City
Tel. No.: (02) 928-3608

Website: http://ovcsa.upd.edu.ph/uhs.htm
Quezon City Police Station
Tel Nos.: +632 925-8417; +632 920-1378; +639152581066

Credit Cards

American Express:
Customer Service Hotline – 81-417
Domestic Toll-Free – 1-800-10-8141700
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Or visit:
MasterCard Assistance Center:
Call collect from anywhere globally: +1-636-722-7111

Or visit:
In the Philippines, the toll free number for assistance is 1800 1441 0015.

Contact Information of the Committees:

Technical and Scientific Committee

Chair: Prof. Kazuo Nadaoka (nadaoka@mei.titech.ac.jp)
Dr. Maria Lourdes McGlone (malou_mcglone@yahoo.com)
Dr. Miguel D. Fortes (migueldfortes@gmail.com)
Dr. Toshihiro Miyajima (miyajima@aori.u-tokyo.ac.jp)
Dr. Masahiro Nakaoka (nakaoka@fsc.hokudai.ac.jp)
Dr. Chunlan Lian (lian@anesc.u-tokyo.ac.jp)
Dr. Takahiro Yamamoto (yamamoto.t.ap@m.titech.ac.jp)
Dr. Ariel Blanco (acblanco.updge@gmail.com)
Dr. Eugene Herrera (eugene.herrera@gmail.com )
Dr. Teruyuki Shinbo (shinbo@kochi-u.ac.jp )
Ms. Aoi Sugimoto (aoiseaspace@yahoo.co.jp)

Abstract Committee

Chair: Dr. Miguel D. Fortes (migueldfortes@gmail.com )
Ms. Mary Rose Lopez (mrlo_08@yahoo.com)
Ms. Kristine Rose Doringo (tindoringo@gmail.com )
Mr. Francisco Paciencia (kiko5203@gmail.com)
Contact Numbers: (02) 981-8500 Local 2915; 09178049794

Program Committee

Head: Dr. Ariel C. Blanco (ayeh75@yahoo.com )
Ms. Roseanne Ramos (rowshan09@gmail.com )
Mr. Homer Pagkalinawan (homer.pagkalinawan@gmail.com)
Ms. Kristina Di Ticman (kristina_di.ticman@yahoo.com )
Mr. Bryan Clark Hernandez (bryanclark07@gmail.com )

For more inquiries and other details, please e-mail

Participants and Registration Committee

Chair: Dr. Yukio Nagahama (yukio0397@gmail.com )
Mr. Yoshinobu Takishita (monolith99@hotmail.com)
Ms. Yvette M. Geroleo (ymgeroleo@gmail.com )
Contact Numbers: (02) 433-3689; 09216126679