Identifying policy gaps to address marine litter in cooperation with non-governmental organization

July 5, 2019
Press Release

The Northwest Pacific Action Plan exchanged views with Our Sea of East Asia Network, a Korea based non-governmental organization, on analyzing policies and identifying gaps to address marine litter in the Northwest Pacific region in July 2019 in Tongyeong, Republic of Korea.

The Northwest Pacific Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter was adopted in 2008 which has facilitated information exchange and regional cooperation in fighting against marine litter in the region. After a decade, there is a need to revise the Action Plan to respond to current calls and initiatives to manage marine litter. The Northwest Pacific Action Plan cooperated closely with Our Sea of East Asia Network to develop the Third Overview of Marine Litter in the Northwest Pacific Region.

Ning Liu, Programme Officer of the Northwest Pacific Action Plan highlighted in the meeting in Tongyeong that the Third Overview of Marine Litter would provide recommendations for countries in the region on how to revise the Action Plan. It is critical to follow up on the resolutions on marine litter made by the United Nations Environmental Assembly in the last few years, and refer to the gaps identified by the UN Environment Programme at the global level.

Our Sea of East Asia Network introduced their analysis about the status and trends in distribution and impacts of marine litter, and the analysis of recommendations and resolutions on marine litter made from international forums, including the G7 and G20. Both sides agreed to further discuss the development of the Overview.  The Overview is expected to be reviewed at the Focal Points Meeting of Marine Litter of the Northwest Pacific Action Plan in September 2019 in Dalian China, and will be published by the end of 2019.

Our Sea of East Asia Network is a non-profit organization established in 2009 dedicated to research, education, policy development and international cooperation to protect the marine environment from marine litter. The Northwest Pacific Action Plan and Our Sea of East Asia Network have co-organized a regional marine litter workshop and a non-governmental forum in June 2018 in Busan, in cooperation with the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries of the Republic of Korea.