Japan’s Ministry of Environment and the Japan Wildlife Research Center took the lead for the East Asian Seas region.
The aim is to provide more detailed information on the coral reef condition in a region that has the world’s richest coral reef biodiversity and also the highest threats. The concept of GCRMN ‘Nodes’ was adopted with 17 Node regions developed including Southeast Asia and East Asia. The Southeast Asia Node covered the ASEAN countries with coordination provided by coral reef researchers at the National University of Singapore, headed by Chou Loke Ming and subsequently Karenne Tun. The East Asian Node included China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan and was coordinated by marine scientists based in Okinawa and assisted by Japanese Government environment agencies.