An iCUBE workshop has started at the Korea University (2-5 February 2015)

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.

At first, Prof. Yowhan Son gave a lecture about ‘Ecosystem management of the Aral Sea area.’ Ecosystem management is about acquiring the sustainability of ecosystem while meeting social, political and economic needs; since ecosystem management approach is the key to solve severe problems in the Aral Sea area. First of all, the research team focused on environmental aspects, introducing vegetation in desiccated area so it can slow down the desertification of the Aral Sea area and minimizing dust storm effects. Secondly, by adopting agroforestry, there would be a sustainable land-use which means they could rehabilitate the deserting land. For the sustainable environment and society, the research also focused on socio-economic aspects such as building capacity, assisting in training and educating the people of Kazakhstan.

Dr. Robyn Wilson also gave an interesting lecture about wet tropics of Queensland and its sustainability against climate change. Her research team focused on the vulnerability and resilience of tropical forests of Queensland and its habitats for leaf-eating marsupials. The research team stated the key vulnerabilities of these animals are mainly caused by global warming. These animals cannot withstand the extreme heat due to its short-term metabolic response to the ambient temperature. Dr. Wilson also gave participants solutions for saving these endangered animals which are re-vegetation, translocation and etc.

Added to this was more lectures from Dr. Yusnani Mohd Yusof and Prof. Lee, focused on socio-economical resilience and estimation of carbon budget using terrestrial and remote sensing. With these researches and lectures, participants could achieve in-depth knowledge of these fields and realize the severed reality of endangered ecosystem.

Today, all participants are divided into several groups and they are going to propose their own research plan to protect the ecosystem at the end of the workshop. They are going to spend 3 more days to prepare their research proposal.

On 3 February, iCUBE workshop will hold more lectures and group activities. On 4 February, all participants are going to go on a field trip to Korea Forest Research Institute and KoFlux Gwanneung Supersite, Korea National Arboretum. On 5 February, the last day of the workshop, Participants are going to present their proposals and will be judged by the experts.

Besides iCUBE, Korea University and Universiti Brunei Darussalam(UBD) concluded a contract of their Dual Degree Program for graduate students on 2 February. The program supproyts students to study at each other’s university with more simplified process. Both universities are looking forward that this program becomes the start of their closer partnership.


 

<Workshop Speakers>

Title

Name

Institution

Country

Prof.

Dato Haji Mohamed Haji Abdul Majid

Universiti Brunei Darussalam

Brunei

Prof.

Faizah Hj Metali

Universiti Brunei Darussalam

Brunei

Dr.

Han Min Woo

Korea Institute of Science and Technology

Korea

Prof.

Jae-Seung Lee

Korea University

Korea

Prof.

Jungbae Kim

Korea University

Korea

Prof.

Mike Walker

University of Auckland

New Zealand

Prof.

Rahayu Sukmaria Hj Sukri

Universiti Brunei Darussalam

Brunei

Dr.

Robyn Wilson

Monash University Malaysia

Malaysia

Dr.

Seong-Woo Jeon

Korea Environment Institute

Korea

Prof.

Woo-Kyun Lee

Korea University

Korea

Prof.

Yongsung Cho

Korea University

Korea

Prof.

Yowhan Son

Korea University

Korea

 


 

<Workshop schedule>

DAY 1 : Climate Change Adaptation (Biodiversity) (Monday, 2 February)

Time

Activities

9:00

9:50

Introduction iCUBE Workshop

: Welcome remarks and group photos

9:50

10:00

Coffee and Tea break

10:00

10:50

Lecture 1: Current and future approaches to biodiversity conservation

11:00

11:50

Lecture 2: Ecosystem Resilience

12:00

14:00

Lunch

14:00

14:50

Guideline for project

14:50

15:20

Coffee and Tea break

15:20

16:00

Lecture 3: Biodiversity and climate change

16:00

16:40

Lecture 4: Climate change adaptation for biodiversity

16:40

17:00

Coffee and Tea break

17:00

18:00

Wrap-up of Day 1

-Split group for project

-Review of Day 1 and preview of Day 2

18:00

20:00

WORKSHOP DINNER

Day 2 : Climate Change Mitigation (Energy) (Tuesday, 3 February)

9:30

10:20

Lecture 5: Energy (policy)

10:20

10:40

Coffee and Tea break

10:40

11:30

Lecture 6: Energy (technology)

11:30

13:30

Lunch

13:30

15:00

Lecture 7: People and nature to climate change

15:00

15:30

Coffee and Tea break

15:30

16:15

Lecture 8: Climate change mitigation (policy and technology)

16:15

17:00

17:00

17:10

Coffee and Tea break

17:10

18:00

Wrap-up of Day 2

-Discussion round

-Review of Day 2 and preview of Day 3

Day 3: Field trip and experimental work (Wednesday, 4 February)

9:00

12:00

Field trip

12:00

13:30

Lunch

13:30

17:00

Field trip

17:00

18:00

Arrive the KU (or Hotel)

Day 4: Project presentation (Thursday, 5 February)

9:30

10:20

Lecture 9: Ecosystem Services

10:20

10:35

Coffee and Tea break

10:35

12:00

Project preparation

12:00

13:30

Lunch

13:30

15:00

Project presentation

15:00

15:30

Coffee and Tea break

15:30

16:45

Jury gather & review

17:00

18:00

Closing session

-Next steps and closing remarks

 

 

 

 

<Workshop Photos>

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