Chair: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Thamasak Yeemin
Marine biodiversity is comprised of several levels of organizations, from the genetic variability, to the species, populations, communities, and ecosystems. Over three billion people around the world depend on marine biodiversity for food and income, particularly fishing, mariculture and tourism. However, coastal and marine ecosystems have been greatly disturbed by over-exploitation of natural resources, habitat loss, pollution and climate change. In order to restore and conserve marine ecosystems, the sustainable use of marine biodiversity, from the shore to the deep sea, including coastal and offshore environments, is one of the key solutions for sustainable development. In this symposium, scientists and managers working in Thailand and other countries are invited to exchange their experiences in research, management, monitor and conservation aspects, focusing on sustainable use of marine resources. Some case studies from ecosystem services of sandy beach, mangrove, seagrass bed and coral reef ecosystems will be highlighted. The symposium will also cover the topics in ecotourism, capacity enhancement for monitoring and research, community-based management and marine protected areas.