Several activities have
been / are being carried out jointly by several RACs and the Regional
Coordinating Unit (RCU):
UNEP-initiated global assessment of marine and coastal biodiversity
NOWPAP RCU has recruited Dr. Mark Walton as a consultant to implement a rapid assessment, and the input prepared by the consultant has been included in the UNEP global outlook on marine and coastal biodiversity, which was launched at the CBD COP-10. Main part of Dr. Walton report
is also available as NOWPAP brochure and poster, which were distributed at major regional and global meetings
in 2010-2011, including CBD COP-10.
Long term biodiversity assessment
NOWPAP RCU has prepared several proposals to implement long-term biodiversity assessment in the region submitted (through different proponents) to Mitsui Foundation, Toyota Foundation and Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN). While developing such proposals, NOWPAP RCU has contacted national experts in NOWPAP member states in order to establish working teams, select project leaders and project proponents. In 2011, the APN has approved the project, “Impacts of Global Warming on Coastal and Marine Ecosystems in the Northwest Pacific” (with a grant of USD 86,000 for two years). The project has been implemented by experts from all NOWPAP member states under the leadership of Dr. Sukgeun JUNG (Jeju National University, Republic of Korea). Project results will be presented to policy makers in China, Japan, Korea and Russia.
State of Marine Environment report (SOMER)
POMRAC has prepared the first comprehensive review of marine environmental
problems in the region in 2007, based on the analysis of data and information
from different sources. As approved by the 14th NOWPAP IGM, the second
“SOMER” for the NOWPAP region will be completed in 2013-2014.
Marine Litter Activities
Marine Litter Activity (MALITA) has been completed successfully in 2007 through joint efforts of RACs
and RCU and due to strong support by the member states. The next stage
of this activity is the NOWPAP Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter (RAP MALI) which is being implemented since 2008. Click here to learn more about marine litter activities.
Regional Overview of legal aspects of the protection and management of
the marine and coastal environment of the Northwest Pacific region
This overview was prepared by national experts, published in 2007 and updated in 2010.