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Promoting interdisciplinary research to achieve sustainable oceans
by Nippon Foundation Nereus Program (Academic institution)
The Nippon Foundation Nereus Program (http://www.nereusprogram.org) strives to explore a broad range of perspectives and scientific opinions on ocean sustainability, and to create an inclusive community of researchers.

Our research commitment includes conducting collaborative ocean research across the natural and social sciences, developing a network of experts that can engage in a discussion of complex and multifaceted questions of ocean sustainability, and transferring these ideas to practical solutions in global policy forums and policy engagement.

Notably, we work on understanding the impact of climate change on oceans and ocean resources, Indigenous fisheries and their food security, ocean biodiversity and management of high seas, supply chain management and development of the blue economy, international law of the sea, and ocean related public health.

We have committed to integrate all of our expertise and research in order to identify and understand the co-benefits of achieving ocean sustainability targets to all other sustainable development goals. We are committed to transfer this knowledge to policymakers and coastal communities and create a platform for a network of scholars to engage with relevant policymakers and stakeholders to enhance our understanding of achieving sustainable development goals.
Progress reports
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Research capacity development
  • Data access and sharing
  • Training and professional development
  • Scientific cooperation
August 2019
Interdisciplinary Ocean Conference
December 2019
Guidebook for Future Ocean Sustainability
July 2018
Integrated scientific report for sustainable oceans
June 2017
Scientific report on how oceans contribute to all SDG goals
Staff / Technical expertise
50 ocean researcher
Financing (in USD)
5,000,000 USD
Basic information
Time-frame: September 2015 - December 2017
University of British Columbia (academic institution), University of Cambridge (academic institution), Duke University (academic institution), United National Environment Programme (United Nations entity), World Conservation Monitoring Centre (United Nations entity), Princeton University (academic institution), Stockholm University (academic institution), University of Utrecht (academic institution), University of Washington (academic institution), Harvard University (academic institution), Woolongong University (academic institution), University of South Carolina (academic institution), Rutgers University (academic institution), Monterrey Bay Aquarium (private sector), University of Ottawa (academic institution), University of Hawaii (academic institution, Agro Campus Quest (academic institution)
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
coastal and Indigenous communities, fisheries industries, Small Island Developing States, conservation organization
Contact information
Yoshitaka Ota, Dr., y.ota@oceans.ubc.ca, +1 778 918 4531
Other SDGs
United Nations