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NOWPAP RAP MALI


The NOWPAP Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter (RAP MALI) has been implemented since March 2008 right after the approval by the four member states, as a major outcome of the two-year project called the NOWPAP Marine Litter Activity (MALITA) carried out from November 2005 to the end of 2007. RAP MALI is the second phase of NOWPAP marine litter activities and consists of three key elements:

  • prevention of marine litter input to the marine and coastal environment;
  • monitoring of marine litter quantities and distribution; and
  • removal of existing marine litter and its disposal.

In the NOWPAP region, marine litter issues will be continuously addressed through RAP MALI as a part of the NOWPAP programme of work, together with other environmental issues such as oil spills and harmful algal blooms. Most of the RAP MALI activities are being implemented at the national level, in cooperation with local governments and authorities in the NOWPAP countries.

A brief summary of the activities carried out in 2014-2015, 2012-2013, 2010-2011 and 2008-2009 biennia is presented below.


The following activities have been carried out in 2014-2015:

A report on Marine Litter Management within a River Basin was compiled and published in 2015. This report features a case study of Oyabe River Basin (Toyama Prefecture, Japan) in which the issue of marine litter has been addressed by multi-stakeholder approach.

A report on Best Practices in dealing with Marine Litter in Fisheries, Aquaculture and Shipping Sectors in the NOWPAP region has been also complied and published.

 

The 2015 NOWPAP International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) and workshop on marine litter management were held on 24-25 September 2015 in Yantai, China.  The workshop was organized as a joint event of NOWPAP and TEMM (Tripartite Environment Ministers Meeting among China, Korea and Japan).  Participants who attended the workshop were NOWPAP marine litter focal points, ICC coordinators, representatives of NOWPAP Regional Activity Centres, NOWPAP partners (Ocean Conservancy and COBSEA), research institutions and environmental NGOs.  At the same time a working meeting was held to review the implementation of NOWPAP RAP MALI work plan for 2016-2017.

With GPA financial support, the Northwest Pacific Regional Node of GPML was established in 2014.

2014 NOWPAP ICC and Workshop on Marine Litter Management were organized on 25-26 September 2014 in Boryeong, Korea.  NOWPAP Marine Litter Focal Points, representatives of national and local governments of the NOWPAP member states, NOWPAP partners (GPA, PEMSEA and GESAMP), universities, academic institutes and environmental NGOs participated in the event. 

Marine litter database was updated using the results of the national monitoring programmes and ICC campaigns for 2013.

 
The following activities have been carried out in 2012-2013:

Marine litter database was updated using the results of the national monitoring programmes and ICC campaigns for 2012.

2013 NOWPAP International Coastal Cleanup Campaign and Workshop on Marine Litter Management  were organized on 24-26 October 2013 in Okinawa, Japan (see presentations and proceedings). At the same time a working meeting was held to review the implementation of NOWPAP RAP MALI workplan for 2012-2013 and discuss the activities for 2014-2015.

Three projects sponsored by the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA) have been implemented in 2013:


 

A case study on negative impacts of marine litter in the NOWPAP region has been completed with a report published (http://merrac.nowpap.org/ >> Publications >> Technical reports >> Negative impacts).:
 

 

A regional report on measures and best practices for prevention of marine litter input from land-based sources in the NOWPAP region has been finalized as well (http://cearac.nowpap.org/ >> Publications >> Marine Litter).

2012 NOWPAP International Coastal Cleanup Campaign and Workshop on Marine Litter Management were held on 17-18 July 2012 in Vladivostok, Russia, back-to-back with working meeting to review and discuss the implementation of the activities listed in NOWPAP RAP MALI workplan for 2010-2011 and 2012-2013.

The report on Port Reception Facilities in the NOWPAP Region (2nd edition) was prepared and distributed. (http://merrac.nowpap.org/ >>publication>>technical report)


 

 In 2010-2011, the following activities were carried out:

2011 NOWPAP International Coastal Cleanup Campaign and Workshop on Marine Litter Management were organized on 20-21 September 2011 in Lianyungang, China.

Two NOWPAP ICC campaigns were held in 2010: 1-2 October 2010 in Jeju, Republic of Korea and 26-27 March 2010 in Hirado, Japan, including working meetings to discuss NOWPAP RAP MALI workplan and budget for 2010-2011.

Countries have been continuously monitoring marine litter quantities and distribution, and the monitoring results (including the International Coastal Cleanup data) are available.

During this period, the following overviews have been updated and distributed (based on the national inputs).


 


Marine litter guidelines for tourists and tour operators have been updated, and various pamphlets on marine litter have been prepared:


 

According to the RAP MALI, the following activities have been carried out in 2008-2009:

Sectoral guidelines developed during the MALITA implementation were translated into the national languages of the NOWPAP member states, in cooperation with the Regional Activity Centers and the Marine Litter National Focal Points, and distributed as widely as possible.



 

Two NOWPAP ICC campaigns were organized in September 2008 in Dalian, People’s Republic of China and in Vladivostok, Russian Federation, respectively, in addition to the annual national International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) campaigns held in Japan and the Republic of Korea.

Two workshops on marine litter were held in September 2008 in China and Russia, respectively. Prior to the NOWPAP ICC campaign in Dalian, China, a workshop on marine litter prevention and control was organized on 12 September 2008 with financial support from the government of China. Similarly, in Russia, a training workshop was organized on 26 September 2008 in Vladivostok with financial support from the government of Japan, to illustrate how to organize the annual ICC campaigns, including data collection ad management.

A working meeting was conveyed, back-to-back with the training workshop and the ICC campaign, on 28 September 2009 in Vladivostok, Russia, to discuss the current progress on the implementation of RAP MALI and future activities.

NOWPAP marine litter database developed during the MALITA project by DINRAC was updated using the results of the national marine litter monitoring programmes and the ICC campaigns of the member states.

National summaries (prepared initially during the MALITA implementation) on legal instruments, institutional arrangements and programmes related to marine litter, including solid waste management, integrated coastal and river basin management, and market-based economic incentives were updated and compiled into a regional overview.

Several technical reports and brochures were published by MERRAC and CEARAC, some information can be found at the following websites:

http://dinrac.nowpap.org/publications.php?item=Marine Litter&var=topic&topic_code=b&topic=Marine Litter.



    

Information on national activities dealing with the marine litter problem was reviewed periodically and posted at the NOWPAP website.