International Long-Term Ecological Research Network Activities in the East Asia-Pacific Region and Biodiversity Monitoring

  • Eun-Shik Kim
Part of the Ecological Research Monographs book series (ECOLOGICAL)


In October 2010, the tenth meeting of the Conference of Parties of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 10) was held in Nagoya, Japan. It was almost two decades since the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) came into being in December 1993. As we all know, the needs for the economic utilization of natural resources are ever increasing at local, regional, and global levels. The reasons for the increase of the needs include a diverse array of socioeconomic factors ranging from individual, societal, industrial, governmental, to international levels. In these processes of economic activities, living organisms (plants, animals, microorganisms) are killed and utilized; the habitats for the organisms are destroyed; the ecosystems that are the integral entities for ensuring their functionality are degraded or destroyed; and the landscapes that comprise a complex of ecosystems are fragmented or destroyed. Ultimately, biological diversities of genes, species, ecosystems, and landscapes are degraded or lost at local, regional, and global levels.


Geographic Information System Biodiversity Conservation Network Activity Member Network Biodiversity Monitoring 
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The author would like to express his sincere thanks to his colleague LTER scientists in the ILTER-EAP Regional Network, especially to Hen-biau King of TERN and ZHAO Shidong of CERN, for their leadership and contributions to the promotion of ILTER-EAP Regional Network as the past regional chairs. This study was supported by funds of research program of Kookmin University and for the Korea National LTER Network from the Ministry of Environment of Korea.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Forestry, Environment, and SystemsKookmin UniversitySeoulSouth Korea

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