CECAM is a 5-year collaborative research effort of at least 8 Japanese and 5 Philippine institutions. The project aims specifically “…to perform a comprehensive assessment of coastal environmental pulses and stresses; analyze ecosystem responses and recovery processes under these multiple environmental changes coupled with the varied socioeconomic structures of affected communities along Philippine coasts; investigate the mechanism of sustaining coastal biodiversity and ecosystems; and develop a new conservation scheme to maintain their high biodiversity and realize sustainable development of local communities.”

Our sincere gratitude to the Philippine Government and its partner institutions for supporting CECAM. Most of all, to the Government of Japan, through the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), which jointly developed in 2008 a highly commendable program or a new scheme, entitled “Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS).” This scheme aims at advancing Japanese science and technology and enhancing research capacity of recipient countries by developing new techniques and acquiring new insights through joint activities between Japan and recipient countries. Under this scheme, CECAM was born.

Prof. Miguel D. Fortes
Project Manager