The Nippon Foundation (NF), along with UBC, is the co-founder of the Nereus Program. In 2009, the Nippon Foundation started working to solve the problems concerning fish, recognizing that it is an international issue for sustainable ocean. The Foundation, through its Maritime Affairs Department, has cooperated with the United Nations, universities and research institutes, governments and NGOs, and other organizations at the forefront of marine disciplines, to support global interdisciplinary human resource development for ocean. Ultimately the Foundation desires to protect the ocean, to secure our food and to pass on an ocean rich in life to future generations, and in this regard, accepts the role of leadership to resolve the problems fish supply encounter globally. NF is a non-profit philanthropic organization active both in Japan and abroad and has also expanded its activities to include education, social welfare, and public health, both within Japan and in more than one hundred countries to date.
The Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries (IOF) at the University of British Columbia promotes multidisciplinary study of aquatic ecosystems and broad-based collaboration with maritime communities, government, NGOs and other partners. With its expertise in the issues surrounding the exploitation of the world’s marine living resources and global fisheries modeling, the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries (IOF) serves as the directional and scientific hub for the Nereus Program.
The Marine Geospatial Ecology Laboratory (MGEL) at Duke University was established to cross the multidisciplinary boundaries of ecological analysis, eco-informatics and analytical tool development. With the lab’s focus on spatio-temporal analyses, marine conservation, and bioinformatics, MGEL works on synthesizing and translating both data and information between different Nereus project teams. As well, they develop research concerning spatio-temporal patterns of both fish and fisheries.
The UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) is the specialist biodiversity assessment centre of the United Nations Environment Programme. The Centre has been in operation for over 30 years, combining scientific research with policy advice and the development of decision-support tools. The Nereus Fellows at UNEP-WCMC are positioned jointly at UNEP-WCMC and the Geography Department at the University of Cambridge, engaging in researches on changes in coastal systems and ecology (Dr. Tom Spencer and Dr. Mike Bithell).
The Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (AOS) Program is a unique collaboration between Princeton University and the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Since it began in 1964, the AOS program has been at the forefront of atmospheric and oceanic study and research. As well, AOS is internationally recognized for its development of earth system models. Princeton and NOAA’s collaboration with Nereus partners will meet the challenges of making reliable projections of fisheries’ responses to future climate.
The Stockholm Resilience Centre is a joint initiative between Stockholm University, the Stockholm Environment Institute, and the Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics at The Royal Swedish activities. The centre advances interdisciplinary research for governance of social-ecological systems with special emphasis on resilience. For the Nereus Program, the centre will specifically help to develop new governance strategies for future oceans. This will involve several of the centre’s experts, including Drs. Carl Folke and Henrik Österblom, on issues like governance structures and industry networks.
The Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea (NILOS) is a nationally and internationally renowned research institute. NILOS, established in 1984, operates within Utrecht University in the framework of the School of Law’s department of International and European Law (IER), as well as within the Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law. NILOS emphasizes that the legal regime must maintain a balance between the rights and interests of individual states and the international community regarding the sea. As the most recent addition to the Nereus Program, the Fellows at this institute will address the issues related to international legal framework for trans-boundary fisheries management.