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SDG 14 Life Below Water

Selected Research

Ivorra, L., Cardoso, P.G., Chan, S.K., Cruzeiro, C., Tagulao, K.A., 2021. Can mangroves work as an effective phytoremediation tool for pesticide contamination? An interlinked analysis between surface water, sediments and biota. J. Clean. Prod. 295, 126334. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2021.126334

Silva M, Canário A V M, Hubbard P C, Gonçalves D. (2021). Physiology, endocrinology and chemical communication in aggressive behaviour of fishes. Journal of Fish Biology (SCI).

Breitzler, L., Lau, I. H., Fonseca, P. J., Vasconcelos, R. O. (2020) Noise-induced hearing loss in zebrafish: functional and structural inner ear damage and recovery. Hearing Research, 391, 107952. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heares.2020.107952

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

Direct action

Our Institute of Science and Environment (ISE) is unique in Macao for its academic focus. Much of the Institute’s direct-action work is focused on mangrove conservation. Among the many ecosystem benefits of mangroves, coastal protection and carbon sequestration place them at the forefront of adaptation to climate change and mitigation measures.

Continued the actions taken in 2019-2020 academic year, ISE organised mangrove planting activity again, as well as held a mangroves talk in GEG Macao to celebrate the World Water Day in 2021-2022 academic year.


In 2019-2020 academic year, USJ partnered with the Clean the World Foundation—a global leader in water sanitation, hygiene, and sustainability—and Las Vegas Sands Corp. to facilitate The Drop by Drop Project in Macao.

This project’s aim is to investigate ways to enhance local water quality through the use of native wetland plants such as mangroves, which act as natural water purifiers for water pollution and reduce water-related risks (e.g., flooding due to storm surges). The project also studies ecosystem rehabilitation and maintenance, as well as enhancement and protection of biodiversity in the local coastal wetland ecosystems.

News & EventsRelease Date
ISE Hosts Another Successful Coastal Cleanup EventOct 2023
USJ holds the kick-off ceremony for the first Sino-Portugal Joint Laboratory for Marine and Environmental SciencesOct 2023
The Faculty of Health Sciences and Caritas Lifehope Hotline Hold Session on Mental HealthOct 2023

News & EventsRelease Date
University of Saint Joseph’s Sea of Plastic Exhibition Culminates with Opening and Award CeremonyJun 2023
Year-end Coastal Cleanup 2022Dec 2022
ISE Science Seminars: Plastic Pollution SeriesDec 2022
ISE successfully held the Microplastics Workshop for Citizen ScientistsOct 2022
Macao Coastal Cleanup Day 2022Sep 2022

News & EventsRelease Date
Mangrove Planting ActivityMar 2022
The 41st Macao Green Week | ISE/USJMar 2022
Mangroves Talk in GEG Macao in Celebration of World Water DayMar 2022
Public Lecture | Using insect community to monitor ecosystem health and sustainabilityJan 2022
Las Vegas Sands and Clean the World Announce Second Drop by Drop Grant for USJDec 2021
Translating Science into Action to address the SDGsNov 2021
Online Public Lecture: Contributions (and “Limitations”) of Mangroves in Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation PorgramsNov 2021

News & EventsRelease Date
Clean the World Foundation and Las Vegas Sand Partner with the University of Saint Joseph Macao on Water Quality ProjectJul 2020