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Consultations on the Development of NOWPAP's Medium-term Strategy by PEMSEA Webmaster — last modified March 16, 2011 08:32 PM
As requested by the member states at the recently convened 15th NOWPAP Intergovernmental Meeting (IGM) in Moscow, the Regional Coordinating Unit (RCU) of NOWPAP has started consultations with the Regional Activity Centres on the development of the NOWPAP Medium-term Strategy in order to enhance NOWPAP implementation.
UNEP Year Book 2011 Launched by PEMSEA Webmaster — last modified March 18, 2011 12:21 AM
The UNEP Year Book 2011 - Emerging Issues in Our Changing Global Environment - was launched recently. It is the 8th edition of the UNEP flagship report which examines global emerging issues and provides the latest environmental science.
NOWPAP at the YSLME Meeting and the Meeting of Regional Seas Coordinators by PEMSEA Webmaster — last modified March 18, 2011 12:37 AM
NOWPAP officers attended the 7th Meeting of the Regional Scientific and Technical Panel and Project Steering Committee for the UNDP/GEF Yellow Sea Large Marine Ecosystem (YSLME) Project in PR China and the meeting of the Coordinators of UNEP-administered Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans in Nairobi, Kenya.
Raising Awareness to Protect Cambodia's Marine Resources by PEMSEA Webmaster — last modified March 18, 2011 03:30 AM
Koh Rong Samloem, Preah Sihanouk Province, Cambodia – A hands-on training course organized by the Regional Fisheries Livelihoods Programme for South and Southeast Asia (RFLP) has helped raise awareness and understanding amongst Cambodian government, marine police and navy personnel of the importance of fisheries resource management.
Wanted: Biodiversity champions by PEMSEA Webmaster — last modified December 17, 2010 11:03 PM
The search is on for youth organizations, corporations and media who have outstanding biodiversity conservation and advocacy initiatives in the ASEAN region. A regional awards program– the ASEAN Champions of Biodiversity–was recently launched by the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) to recognize and honor exemplary biodiversity conservationists and advocates. ACB’s partners in this search are the ASEAN Foundation (AF), the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication (AIJC), the European Union (EU), GTZ, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
NOWPAP Participation in Recent Events by PEMSEA Webmaster — last modified December 17, 2010 10:56 PM
The Northwest Pacific Action Plan (NOWPAP) has organized and participated in various activities including the Marine Biodiversity Forum and CBD COP10, among others.
Fifteenth NOWPAP IGM in Moscow by PEMSEA Webmaster — last modified December 10, 2010 10:01 PM
The 15th NOWPAP Intergovernmental Meeting (IGM) was held on 16-18 November 2010 in Moscow, Russia. Representatives of all NOWPAP member states participated in the meeting which was attended also by the directors of the four NOWPAP Regional Activity Centres (RACs). The meeting participants reviewed the progress of NOWPAP implementation for the period of 2009-2010 and discussed the ways for future development of NOWPAP.
ACB, Japan and UMS to Boost ASEAN Countries' Taxonomic Capacities on Corals by PEMSEA Webmaster — last modified December 03, 2010 12:51 AM
Taxonomy, which forms an important basis for biology and the protection of biodiversity, is in peril. The last few decades saw the discipline of taxonomy falling off the global political, funding, and academic agendas. To boost the ASEAN region’s taxonomic capacities and save the dying science of taxonomy, the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB), in partnership with Japan’s Ministry of Environment, will conduct a series of training workshops that will enhance the capabilities of ASEAN+3 countries in the understanding and application of taxonomic knowledge in the context of sustainable biodiversity conservation and management. ASEAN+3 include the ten ASEAN Member States, Japan, China and Korea.
Search for Biodiversity Champions in Southeast Asia by PEMSEA Webmaster — last modified November 12, 2010 05:05 AM
While the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region is home to 20 per cent of all known plant and animal species, it is losing biodiversity at alarming rates. Unfortunately, this threat has not attracted enough attention from leaders, the public and the media to generate a concerted effort to halt the rate of biodiversity loss. This lack of awareness is attributed to the dearth of information campaigns and materials on the values of biodiversity. To help fill this gap, the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB), the ASEAN Foundation (AF), UNESCO, the ASEAN-Japan Solidarity Fund, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), and the European Union (EU), have launched the search for the ASEAN Champions of Biodiversity.
The 2nd PNLG Executive Committee Meeting Conducted in Xiamen, China, 6 August 2010 by PEMSEA Webmaster — last modified November 05, 2010 04:37 AM
The 2nd PEMSEA Network of Local Governments (PNLG) Executive Committee Meeting was held in Xiamen, China, 6 August 2010. The meeting was focused on the development of PEMSEA Network of Local Governments for Sustainable Coastal Development (PNLG) Strategic Action Plan, Organization of the PNLG workshop during the 2010 Xiamen World Ocean Week and the 2010 PNLG Annual Forum.
NOWPAP Continues Campaign on Marine Litter by PEMSEA Webmaster — last modified October 17, 2010 11:58 PM
Jeju, RO Korea - On 1-2 October 2010, NOWPAP International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) campaign and workshop on marine litter were held in Jeju, Republic of Korea. The events were organized by the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs (MLTM), Korea Marine Environment Management Corporation (KOEM) and the Regional Coordinating Unit (RCU) of NOWPAP, or the Northwest Action Plan. The workshop was attended by NOWPAP Marine Litter Focal Points, representatives from NOWPAP partners (YSLME, COBSEA and PEMSEA) and all NOWPAP Regional Activity Centers (RACs), leading NGOs dealing with marine litter in the region (OSEAN and JEAN) as well as local citizens and experts concerned about negative impacts of marine litter.
Link Between Business and Biodiversity Highlighted in International Biodiversity Forum by PEMSEA Webmaster — last modified October 16, 2010 01:39 AM
Manila, Philippines - Business and biodiversity experts from Southeast Asia and Japan gathered at the "Business Opportunities in Biodiversity International Conference and Exhibition" in Manila, Philippines, on 8 October to raise the business sector's awareness on the values of biodiversity and encourage corporations to support conservation initiatives.
International Forum to Highlight Business Opportunities in Biodiversity by PEMSEA Webmaster — last modified September 23, 2010 10:40 PM
Investment, profit and growth rate. In the world of business, where does biodiversity fit in? This question will be answered at the "Business Opportunities in Biodiversity" international conference and exhibition to be held at the Bayview Park Hotel in Manila. The conference will take place on October 8 while the exhibition will be from October 6 to 8. The event aims to raise the business sector's awareness on the values of biodiversity and encourage business to raise its stake on biodiversity conservation.
Coral Reef Monitoring Guidebook for Stronger Marine Protection Programs: Second Edition Launch by PEMSEA Webmaster — last modified July 13, 2010 03:22 AM
Manila, Philippines - Local government units, fisher communities and service providers protecting and managing their coastal and marine resources will find a useful guide in measuring the effectiveness of their initiatives, especially in marine protected area (MPA) management, and planning succeeding programs, in the second edition of the Coral Reef Monitoring for Management Guidebook.
Awards Aim to Find Champions of Biodiversity in SE Asia by PEMSEA Webmaster — last modified June 25, 2010 02:46 AM
Biodiversity conservation projects of youth, corporations, and media in the ASEAN region now stand a chance to be recognized through a regional awards program launched by the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) and the ASEAN Foundation.
World Oceans Day: Oceans of Life by PEMSEA Webmaster — last modified June 10, 2010 09:52 PM
While the health of the oceans is vital to all of humanity, it is the world’s poorest people, the majority of the world’s coastal inhabitants, who are most vulnerable to ocean degradation. Oceans are their primary source of food, crucial to their livelihoods, and a major force in shaping their cultures. Oceans are their life. Yet, as described by Andrew Hudson, head of UNDP’s International Waters program, oceans are under assault. Pollution, overfishing, acidification, warming, and the introduction of non-native species are causing ecological damage, habitat loss and species extinction and throwing new obstacles across the path out of poverty for millions of people throughout the developing world.
Save Plant and Animal Species. Save Our Planet. Save Our Future: ACB Press Statement on the Occasion of World Environment Day 2010 by PEMSEA Webmaster — last modified June 08, 2010 01:14 AM
Scientists estimate that there are between five to 100 million plant and animal species sharing this planet with us. Thus far, only about two million of these species have been identified. But did you know that 17,291 of these plants and animals are threatened with extinction? In the ASEAN region alone, 2,517 out of 8,613 or 30 percent of species assessed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature are threatened. Once these species go extinct, we will never see them again for extinction is irreversible.
NOWPAP at the 5th Global Oceans Conference and 8th IOC WESTPAC Intergovernmental Session by PEMSEA Webmaster — last modified May 27, 2010 05:46 AM
Bali, Indonesia - NOWPAP representatives recently attended the 5th Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands held on 3-7 May 2010 in Paris, France and the 8th Intergovernmental Session of the IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC) held on 10-13 May in Bali, Indonesia.
COMI Co-convened EAS Congress 2009 by PEMSEA Webmaster — last modified April 23, 2010 03:36 AM
On 25 November, Coastal and Management Institute (COMI) of Xiamen University and Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) in England jointly organized the workshop "The Science in Ecosystem-based Management", a branch workshop of the Third East Asian Seas Congress 2009 hosted in Manila, Philippines, which also served as an important platform for the first cooperation between COMI and PEMSEA.
Petron brings Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) to Boracay Island by PEMSEA Webmaster — last modified April 23, 2010 02:36 AM
On April 15 and 16, Boracay Foundation, Inc. (BFI) and Petron Foundation Incorporated (PFI) successfully held a "Scientific Forum and Consultation Workshop for the Sustainable Development of Boracay Island." Based on the integrated coastal management (ICM) framework, the group established the Boracay Beach Management Program as a way of promoting a multistakeholder participation for the sustainable development of the island.