Linking Climate Change, Biodiversity and Energy to Sustainable Development and Ecosystem Resilience
Workshop Update - Day 1 (2 Feb 2015)
The director of Brain Korea 21 Plus Eco-Leader Education Center for wise adaptation to climate change (BK21Plus ELEC), Korea University, Prof. Woo-Kyun Lee announced that the International Consortium of Universities for the Study of Biodiversity and the Environment (hereinafter referred to 'iCUBE') workshop has started on 2 February. iCUBE will be held on 2 -5 February 2015 at Korea University.
More than 30 experts from 4 countries gathered in Korea University for the workshop aims to develop strategies to solve our current problems in terms of climate change, biodiversity, energy and resilience through wide international cooperation among participants. In order to share the information of each participant’s research and their interest, many experts gave a lecture.
Linking Climate Change, Biodiversity and Energy to Sustainable Development and Ecosystem
Workshop Update - Day 2 (3 Feb 2015)
Resilience Energy has become a matter of national security. A nation needs energy to keep its economy and civilization. Without it no one can maintain its current status. In other words, energy has become a weapon. We have seen Russia using its natural gas supply to Europe as a political pressure. We have seen how United States used its shale gas to bring a collapse to oil market. Energy and its price, they are not just a graph of the market showing on TV. It is something that could change your life tomorrow morning.
There is pressing need to understand and predict the responses of ectotherm animals to climate change, to allow management decisions, to preserve biodiversity and ecosystem services. Gastropods (snails) have a unique ecology and physiology, and thus are likely to respond in a unique way to future warming. They occupy a range of variable and extreme thermal habitats, which presents an opportunity to develop an alternative model system for understanding ectotherm responses to climate change. Empirical tests of hypotheses using this alternative system are facilitated by Brunei’s extraordinarily high diversity of gastropods inhabiting marine, mangrove and freshwater systems.
- An iCUBE workshop hosted and sponsored by Korea University -
'Biodiversity' can be understood as one of the indicators which can be used to evaluate our achievement to solving diverse anthropogenic problems including climate change. Recently, it has been suggested that biodiversity conservation can be strongly supported by climate change actions. 'Climate change' can be understood as diverse problems which humans face in terms of their social activities in the natural biosphere. 'Energy' is one of the indicators for economic growth and development. Limited resources and growing demands have influenced the way the society uses energy, impacting negatively upon biodiversity. 'Resilience' can be understood as the ability of a system to withstand and recover from natural hazards to climate change. It can be a strategy to achieve wise adaptation to climate change. 'Wise adaptation' is effectively a combination and utilization of adaptation measures by systematically organizing the various options for sustainable development. In order to achieve wise adaptation, it is necessary to understand complex relationships with ecological system. In scientific research related to climate change and biodiversity, the perspectives of the natural sciences are needed to build new approaches to determine what changes in biodiversity and ecosystem services are beneficial to our society. In order to deal with the biodiversity, energy and resilience against the impacts of climate change, knowledge sharing and scientific approach are needed.
The overall aim of the workshop is to develop strategies to solve our current problems in terms of climate change, biodiversity, energy and resilience.
- to improve scientific understanding of the connection between climate change, biodiversity and energy to sustainable development, and to examine the processes of resilience and environmental change, and
- to enable the (local) society to predict and mitigate effects of biodiversity change for sustainable livelihoods.
iCUBE Workshop Sets Agenda on Climate Change Research
From 9-19 January 2012 Universiti Brunei Darussalam organized and hosted an international climate change workshop. With the title ‘Impact of climate change and innovations for a sustainable future’, graduate students and experts from the International Consortium of Universities for the Study of Biodiversity and the Environment (iCUBE) met to discuss, promote awareness, and offer solutions to global climate change and its impact on the environment. Participants came from the University of Bonn, National University of Singapore, University of Auckland, University of North Carolina, Monash University, King’s College, and Korea University.