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National Sun Yat-sen University signed MOUs with Palau institutions for collaboration of blue carbon economy and climate change studies


National Sun Yat-sen University (NSYSU), Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and the Environment of Palau, Palau Community College, and Palau International Coral Reef Center announced the collaboration by signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at the Palau and Taiwan Blue Ocean Seminar. Through this collaboration, NSYSU and Palau’s academic institutions will collectively initiate various projects of oceanography, such as blue carbon economy, climate change, marine ecological system conservation, and marine biodiversity. NSYSU faculties will cooperate with scientists from Palau, sharing data, techniques, and academic resources, aiming to offer feasible solutions to the prevailing marine issues.

The signing of MOUs is inaugurated by NSYSU, and supported by Taiwan’s National Science and Technology Council and the Palau Government. Through collective and interactive academic collaboration, the researchers attempt to achieve a new benchmark for Taiwan and Palau’s marine research and keep conserving and managing sustainable marine resources.

Ying-Yao Cheng, the President of NSYSU, emphasized that NSYSU is a pioneering comprehensive university that owns sufficient marine sciences research results and resources. The research team, led by Chin-Chang Hung, the Dean of NSYSU’s College of Marine Sciences, completed the 14-day blue carbon sink sampling and investigation in July. The project will make significant contributions to Taiwan and Palau’s scientific research progress and initiate further collaborations, such as carbon sink baselines, marine resources sustainability, and conservations. “It is an honor to have the opportunity to collaborate with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and the Environment of Palau. It is a significant win-win foundation, which strengthens research capacities of all institutions and friendship between Taiwan and Palau,” said Cheng.

Steven Victor, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, and the Environment of Palau, emphasized that he anticipates that this significant collaboration with NSYSU will inaugurate more scientific studies of Palau’s marine resources conservation and sustainability and initiate development in all aspects of Palau.

In the Palau and Taiwan Blue Ocean Seminar conducted in July, Chin-Chang Hung, the Dean of NSYSU’s College of Marine Sciences, Ray B. Dawn, the Dean of the School of Banking and Finance, and Wen-Chen Chou, a Professor of the Institute of Marine Environment and Ecology at National Taiwan Ocean University, were invited to give speeches. The seminar offered the occasion for scientists, researchers, and professionals from Taiwan and Palau to discuss marine science issues, such as blue carbon, sustainable usages, marine ecological systems, and the niche market of climate change. This exchange event has brought varied potential collaborations and successfully fortified mutual understanding and friendship between Taiwan and Palau.
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