2016 NOWPAP International Coastal Cleanup and NOWPAP-TEMM Joint Workshop on Marine Litter Management held in Slavyanka, Russia
The 2016 NOWPAP International Coastal Cleanup and NOWPAP-TEMM (Tripartite Environment Ministers Meeting among China, Japan and Korea) Joint Workshop on Marine Litter Management was held in Slavyanka, Primorsky Kray on 23-24 September 2016.
Some 40 participants from governmental agencies, universities, research institutes and NGOs from China, Japan, Republic of Korea and Russia have attended the events. The participants shared their experience on marine litter research, monitoring and campaigns, and discussed how to promote the International Coastal Cleanup campaign, and how to strengthen cooperation in the NOWPAP region on dealing with marine litter.
The NOWPAP Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter (RAP MALI) Working Meeting was held on 24 September 2016. The NOWPAP Marine Litter Focal Points and regional activity centers reviewed the progress on the implementation of the plan on marine litter.
On the afternoon of the 24 September 2016, the participants have been to Baclan Bay to clean a 120 meter- long beach.
The events were organized by NOWPAP Pollution Monitoring Regional Activity Centre (POMRAC), NOWPAP Regional Coordinating Unit (RCU), Sea Protection and Shelf Development Institute, and TEMM Marine Litter Focal Points.
NOWPAP RCU staff joined local beach clean-up in Toyama
Staff members of NOWPAP RCU in Toyama participated in the local beach clean-up held by the Northwest Pacific Region Environmental Cooperation Centre (NPEC) on 9 September 2016. About 50 people in total participated in this event, including school children, NGO officers, local government officers, and local citizens. This was one of the series of beach clean-up campaigns organized by NPEC as a part of its marine litter monitoring programme, which has been conducted for many years in Japan, China, Korea, and Russia. After the collection of marine litter, it was sorted into different categories, weighed, and recorded. Data is consolidated and submitted to Japan Environmental Action Network (JEAN).
NOWPAP recent developments
13-15 July 2016, NOWPAP representative participated in the 8th
East Asian Seas Partnership Council meeting held in
Tagbilaran, Philippines.NOWPAP has well established partnership relations
with PEMSEA and is participating in the Council meetings as
a non-country member.Joint PEMSEA-NOWPAP training course on Integrated
Coastal Management was suggested to be held in 2016-2017, to
be co-funded by NOWPAP POMRAC.
July, new Programme Management Assistant, Ms. Chika KIMURA,
has joined NOWPAP RCU Toyama office.New Programme Management Officer, Mr. Ning LIU, will
join NOWPAP RCU Busan office on 17 August.With their experience working in the UN system and
knowledge of UN rules and regulations, support to NOWPAP
project implementation will be enhanced.
July, NOWPAP Coordinator delivered a lecture to students
from Japan, China, Russia, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand,
Indonesia and Brazil.Lecture was organized by the Toyama International
Center Foundation and was focused on marine environmental
issues in the NE Asia and NOWPAP activities addressing these
DINRAC and MERRAC projects for 2016-2017
DINRAC and MERRAC had their Focal Points Meetings during the
last two weeks.Details of implementation plans of their 2016-2017
activities were discussed.The main projects for DINRAC will be as follows:
·Development of DINRAC website
(maintenance and updating of existing databases, data
visualization via web-based GIS, etc.).
·Annual summary of major
environmental data (continued from 2014-2015).
·Collection of information on endangered/threatened species
in the NOWPAP region
(with expanded geographical coverage).
·Compilation of marine
environmental standards used in NOWPAP member states.
MERRAC will focus on the following activities in 2016-2017:
·Organization of an expert meeting as well as BRAVO and DELTA
·Development of MERRAC information system through web-based
·Development of information sharing platform on oil and HNS
·Preparation of a regional report on response to oiled
Ecological Quality Objectives for the NOWPAP region
May 2016, the regional workshop organized by NOWPAP POMRAC
was held in Vladivostok, Russia.
Experts from NOWPAP
member states and representatives from NOWPAP partners in
the region (PICES and IOC WESTPAC) discussed targets and
indicators for the Ecological Quality Objectives (EcoQOs)
formulated earlier, in 2014, related to five major issues:
biodiversity and habitats, alien species, eutrophication,
contaminants and marine litter.Experts found with satisfaction that at least several
targets related to biodiversity, eutrophication and
contaminants might be common for all four NOWPAP member
states.Following preparation of national inputs and submissions
from all NOWPAP Regional Activity Centers, the regional
overview on EcoQO targets and indicators for the NOWPAP
region will be prepared at the end of 2017.
NOWPAP at G7 Environment Ministers Meeting
15-16 May 2016, G7 Environment Ministers have met in Toyama,
Japan, where one of two offices of NOWPAP Regional
Coordinating Unit is located.Several sessions were organized focusing on the
following issues: 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,
Chemicals Management, Resource Efficiency, Biodiversity,
Marine Litter, Climate Change and Related Measures.UNEP Executive Director, Achim Steiner, participated
in the first session on 2030 Agenda.NOWPAP Coordinator, Alexander Tkalin, had a chance to
make a brief introduction of UNEP and NOWPAP efforts to deal
with marine litter at the morning session on 16 May.NOWPAP Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter and some
other NOWPAP publications were available for participants of
the meeting.The G7 summit will be held in Mie Prefecture (Japan) on
26-27 May 2016.
staff, new e-mail addresses in NOWPAP
May, NOWPAP RCU Busan office Programme Assistant, Ms. Gyoung
Hee KIM, has moved to another UN office in Seoul.New Team Assistant, Ms. Jihee YI, has started working
in Busan office since 2 May.Her e-mail address is Jihee.Yi@unep.org.Other RCU staff members will use *.*@unep.org
e-mail addresses from 1 June 2016.
NOWPAP CEARAC projects for new biennium
7-8 April 2016, the 14th CEARAC Focal Points
Meeting has been held in Toyama, Japan.CEARAC Focal Points and experts have agreed on the
detailed implementation plans of the two projects for the
2016-2017 biennium.First project will be focused on a feasibility study
towards assessment of seagrass distribution in the NOWPAP
project will aim to assess three major pressures on marine
biodiversity in the NOWPAP region: non-indigenous species,
habitat alteration and eutrophication.Meeting participants also agreed that in the
long-term assessment of eutrophication status should be
repeated.Cooperation with several NOWPAP partners in the regions
(PICES, IOC WESTPAC and NEASPEC) was strongly encouraged.
Recent NOWPAP developments
On 25 February, 10 university
students visited Toyama office of the NOWPAP Regional
Coordinating Unit (RCU).Students were briefed on NOWPAP structure and major
activities being implemented by the NOWPAP Regional Activity
Centers. They also
asked NOWPAP Coordinator several personal questions about
working in the United Nations.Before visiting Toyama RCU office, students were
given a lecture at the host organization of NOWPAP CEARAC,
Northwest Pacific Region Environmental Cooperation Center
On 15 March, NOWPAP Coordinator
participated in the online meeting of Regional Seas Working
Group on indicators.During the meeting, recently adopted indicators for
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were discussed as well
as two more specific indicators used by several individual
Regional Seas programmes: one on marine litter and another
one on chlorophyll.In total, more than 20 indicators were suggested for
possible use by Regional Seas programmes.Next online meeting of Working Group will be held
tentatively in summer.
Farewell to Mr. Zhong
Mr. Xiaodong Zhong, NOWPAP Deputy Coordinator, has left
NOWPAP on 29 February 2016, after 11 years of serving at
that position in Busan, then in Toyama, and in Busan again.Xiaodong was responsible for many issues in NOWPAP:
legal aspects, partnership building, raising public
awareness, and, of course, managing one of two offices of
the NOWPAP Regional Coordinating Unit (RCU).A lot of his work was dedicated to dealing with
NOWPAP Regional Activity Centers (RACs): attending their
meetings, guiding preparation of their biennium work plans,
commenting on their meeting documents and reports, helping
them to find proper experts to implement RAC projects, etc.With smooth and calm personality, good diplomatic
skills and client orientation, Xiaodong has also managed to
establish and maintain close relations with NOWPAP partners
in the region, with member states and host institutions of
NOWPAP RCU and RACs.We will miss him and unfortunately there would be no
replacement as member states decided not to have Deputy
Coordinator post in NOWPAP anymore.
NOWPAP marine litter
Representatives from NOWPAP RCU and
CEARAC joined other members of the Global Partnership on
Marine Litter (GPML) around the world in an online meeting
held on 18 February 2016.While being updated of the latest developments of
GPML around the world, the NOWPAP representatives presented
NOWPAP activities on marine litter (ML) including the
Northwest Pacific Regional Node of GMPL hosted by CEARAC.
In addition, CEARAC
has collected and compiled data on marine litter monitoring
(including ICC data) covering the period of 2010-2015 from
China, Korea, Japan and Russia, which will be updated in the
DINRAC website ML database.
Introducing NOWPAP activities
The NOWPAP Coordinator delivered a
lecture on 12 February 2016 in Toyama introducing NOWPAP and
its activities to the audience attending “Fostering Academy
of Global Environmental Leaders”.In the meantime, from 10 February till 3 March,
panels promoting NOWPAP, among other environmental
initiatives, are being displayed at a serial exhibition in
three cities in Toyama Prefecture (which is hosting the G7
environmental ministers meeting in May 2016).Both events were organized by Toyama Prefectural
NOWPAP at Senior Officials Meeting of NEASPEC
The NOWPAP Coordinator and an expert
of NOWPAP CEARAC participated in the 20th Senior Officials
Meeting of the North-East Asian Subregional Programme for
Environmental Cooperation (NEASPEC) held on 1-2 February
2016 in Tokyo. The NOWPAP representative contributed to the
panel discussion on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
presenting five major themes of NOWPAP Medium-term Strategy
2012-2017 and their relevance to SDGs as well as a workshop
to be held in May 2016 in Vladivostok, Russia, focusing on
targets and indicators for the assessment of the state of
the marine environment.Serving as a member of the Advisory Committee of the
NEASPEC project on North-East Asia Marine Protected Areas
Network, the NOWPAP representative reiterated the need of
frequent communications with relevant organizations or
projects in the region in order to avoid duplication of
efforts and achieve practical cooperation between NEASPEC
NOWPAP at a symposium on marine litter
200 participants from academia, industry, government
agencies and NGOs, the NOWPAP Coordinator delivered a
presentation about UNEP and NOWPAP efforts in dealing with
marine litter at the “2016 New Year Symposium on Marine
Litter” organized by the Ministry of Environment of Japan on
23 January 2016 in Tokyo. Focusing
on the current status and countermeasure against marine
litter, including micro-plastics, presenters from the region
(four NOWPAP member states) and beyond (Australia, Canada,
USA and UK) shared relevant information and experiences.
On the next day (24
January), symposium was continued for a domestic audience
with more focus on marine litter issues in Japan.
Gearing up for the implementation of
the 2016-2017 NOWPAP Programme of Work, all four Regional
Activity Centers are preparing small scale funding agreement
(SSFAs) with UNEP with the help from the NOWPAP Regional
Coordinating Unit.Once the SSFAs are finalized, funding will be
provided for the RACs to implement their projects and
activities. In April-June all RACs will have meetings of
their Focal Points where implementation of those projects
and activities will be discussed in detail.