The great value of mangrove ecosystem is today widely recognized, but mangrove forests are exploited very rapidly by human activities. Habitat degradation and fragmentation of mangrove forests are of global concerns, but we still do not know how genetic diversity of mangroves are influenced. The distribution range of mangrove species are generally very wide and over many different countries. To assess current genetic diversity of mangrove species, international cooperation is highly required. For this purpose, we established a research network for conservation genetics of mangrove in 2010, supported by Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) Programme promoted by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). Graduate School of Science,Chiba University hosted the exchange program. As a part of the exchange program, an International Workshop for Conservation Genetics of Mangroves will be held in Iriomote Island which will be co-organized with the Iriomote Station of the Tropical Biosphere Research Center, the University of the Ryukyus, and International Society for Mangrove Ecosystem (ISME).
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