PublicationNKK Lab Report

Indonesian version by Bagus D. Rahmanto is here.
Japanese version made by Eri SAKAGUCHI is here.

Symposiums & Poster Sessions
Participants and Performance of NKK Lab members
Impression of the Congress by Reporter

Continuing the annual meeting of Ecological Society of Japan (ESJ), the 59th ESJ annual meeting was held in Otsu, Japan, in parallel with the 5th East Asia Federal of Ecological Societies (EAFES) Congress. The main members of EAFES are the Ecological Society of Japan (ESJ), the  Ecological Society of Korea (ESK) and the Ecological Society of China (ESC). The congress was organized by EAFES and sponsored by ESJ, ESC, ESK, the  Society of Subtropical Ecology (SSE) and the East Asia Pacific Regional Network of International Long Term Ecological Research Network (ILTER - EAP).
With the primary theme of “Ecosystem services and biodiversity under the changing world”, The ESJ meeting and the EAFES international Congress were held at Ryukoku University from 17-21 March, 2012.  The EAFES international congress takes place every 2 years the 1st was held in Mokpo, Korea in 2004, the 2nd was held in Niigata, Japan in 2006, the 3rd was held in Beijing, China in 2008 and the 4th was held in Sangju, Korea in 2010.
The congress brought together over 1720 participants from several countries across Asia, Europe, Australia and America to share their experiences, to learn from one another and to discuss the future development of ecosystems, biodiversity and ecology.  In this Congress, there were more than 520 oral presentations on 25 themes, in addition to 1097 posters categorized into 35 themes.

Symposia and Poster Sessions

There were 5 EAFES special symposia, 11 EAFES regular symposia and 10 ESJ symposia. The special ones were focused on:

  • Ecosystem and biodiversity conservation,
  • Managing ecosystem toward carbon sequestrationenhancement and climate change mitigation in East Asia,
  • Ecosystem assessment, planning and sustainable management,
  • Wetlands in Asia under global climate change,
  • The role of vegetation science in a changing Asia : Goal of IAVS 2011

The regular ones focused on several important topics namely:

  1. Bio-geo-chemical responses to climate changes and air pollution in East Asian forest ecosystems
  2. Biodiversity assessment of freshwater ecosystems: for new collaboration among Asian countries
  3. Effect of physical environment and grazing intensity on productivity and biodiversity in East Asian grasslands
  4. Quantifying and predicting terrestrial carbon sinks in East Asia: toward a network of climate change research
  5. AP-BON (Asia Pacific Biodiversity Observation Network) and Ecological Studies
  6. Struggles of Invasive Alien Species Management in Japan
  7. Response of populations and trophic interactions to climate changes: terrestrial vs. aquatic systems and temperate vs. tropical regions
  8. Hot spots in agriculture ecosystems: multi-scale heterogeneity and species interaction
  9. Interactions of pathogen-host with environments
  10. Exchanges of various gas components between the atmosphere and terrestrial ecosystems
  11. Integrated Studies on Carbon Balance of East Asian Terrestrial Ecosystems

The ESJ symposia discussed:

  • Lake Biwa Basin as a venue for paddy field studies: the past, present and future
  • Evolutionary community ecology of biological invasion: a lesson from social insects
  • Ecology of natural/man-made disasters: Futurability of energy resources and biodiversity
  • Remaining mysteries in the K/Pg mass extinction
  • Interaction between Fungi and Animals
  • Structure, diversity and disturbance regime in temperate forests of East Asia
  • Adaptation and population dynamics: connecting theory and data
  • Environmental problems associated with ecological resources, an ecological perspective
  • Mapping of the JBO; Japan Biodiversity Outlook
  • Reconsideration of Rachel Carson: 50 years after “Silent Spring”, Ecology in her Literature

Participants and Performance of NKK Lab members

13 participants from IDEC- Hiroshima University including 1 Professor,  4 PhD students,   7 master’s students and 2 undergraduate students took part in the international congress.

NKK participants

Poster presentation’s titles


Essentials of the first report on proposal to important cultural landscape: a view point of biodiversity and ecosystem services monitoring in Japan

R.L Kaswanto
PhD student

Ecosystem Services through Carbon Stock Estimation at Watershed Scale in West Java, Indonesia

Rachmad Firdaus
PhD student

Changing of land use land cover pattern and water quality in Batang Mero Wateshed, Sumatera

Zulfaidah P Gama
PhD student

The spatial distribution of Aedes aegypti in East Java from 2008 to 2010

Beni Raharjo
PhD student

Landscape Ecological Spatial Decision Support System (SDSS) Design in Sultan Adam Forest Park, South Kalimantan

Maki Watanabe
Master’s student

The tendency of damage by Macaca fuscata at Geihoku region in Hiroshima Prefecture

Taishin Kameoka
Master’s student

Determination of the attractive factors of Redrumped Swallow during breeding in Hiroshima University by using their nests and droppings

Ima Y Rayaningtyas
Master’s student

Challenge of REDD+ Financing Mechanisms in Indonesia

Bagus Dwi Rahmanto
Master’s student

Carbon Stock Estimation in Concession Sites of Mangrove Forest at PT. Bina Ovivipari Semesta, Kubu Raya District, West Kalimantan

Takuya Shimada
Master’s student

Ecological assessment on green space in Hiroshima Sifu-Shinto

Eri Sakaguchi
Master’s student

Relationship between forest ecosystems and forest managements as CSR activities

Satoki Hayashi
Master’s student

Estimation of influence for structure and function of urban green space by renewal of the Master Plan of Greenery in Hiroshima City

Horii Daisuke
Undergraduate student

Potential for Ecotourism Regarding Inland Fishery in the Cultural Landscape of the Shimanto River Watershed

Masuda Genki
Undergraduate student

Ecosystem services of glassland and woodland mixture the cultural landscape in Aso-region

Session with Prof. Hiromi Kobori,
Tokyo City Univeristy

Session with Prof. Mohammad Indrawan,
Universitas Indonesia

Local excursion
Although no offical excursions held by the organisers, we visited some interesting places in Otsu and Kyoto. Otsu can be reached in around 10 minutes  from Kyoto by JR Biwako line from Kyoto station. Located on the southwestern shore of Lake Biwa, Otsu is the capital of Shiga prefecture. Otsu is also a port and center for excursions on Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan. We enjoyed sunset  Lake Biwa sighseeing  standing at Otsu port where many colourful illuminations attractively appeared.

Impression of the Congress by Reporter
The essence of the congress was that the ESJ 59th and EAFES 5th Congress in Otsu were by any criteria a formidable congress in landscape ecology. I am convinced that people attending the congress felt that they had gained much interesting knowledge and the experience opened their scientific imagination. I think that the international congress gave all of us the lasting impression that our ecosytem and biodiversity change over time  and it needs our participation to achieve a better sustainaible future.

Finally, I would like to personally express my sincere thanks to the Global environmental Leaders (GELs) program of IDEC, Hiroshima Unviersity that has supported me to attend the international congress.  I think it was a big step for my future.

Next 60th ESJ
The 60th ESJ will be held from March 5 - 9, 2013 at Shizuoka convention & arts center “Granship”, Shizuoka, Japan. Detailed information on the conference can be obtained from the the chair of organizing committee of ESJ-60, Mr. Takehiro MASUZAWA. [To join the 60th ESJ, the information can be obtained from the ESJ Office: 1-8 Koyama Nishihanaike, Kita-ku, Kyoto, 603-8148, Japan (email: kaiin@mail.esj.ne.jp)]

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