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The interdisciplinary Sino-German project ECOLOC aims at understanding

  1. the natural and anthropogenic factors controlling the physicochemical and biogeochemical environment and
  2. the response of organisms and coastal habitats (benthos, seagrasses) to the input of land-derived anthropogenic substances along the coast of the Chinese island of Hainan.

A major goal of ECOLOC is to provide comprehensive knowledge required for a sustainable management of Hainan’s coastal resources, based on the combination of previous results from the predecessor project LANCET (Land-Sea Interactions in Coastal Ecosystems of Tropical China) and new results. An expansion of tourism in the coastal zone of Hainan is a priority of the government, and aquaculture as well as fishery production play an important role as further income sources of local communities. Therefore, the maintenance of coastal resources and ecosystem services is mandatory and important for Hainan’s future economic development. Read more …

You can download the ECOLOC flyer pdf here.

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