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The 24th Intergovernmental Meeting of the Northwest Pacific Action Plan (NOWPAP) was postponed in early February due to the outbreak of COVID-19. However, in order to ensure the implementation of planned activities, the NOWPAP Member States, coordinated by the NOWPAP Regional Coordinating Unit, started an online discussion on the Programme of Work 2020-2021. After three rounds of consultations, the NOWPAP Member States approved the biennial Work Plan and Budget to strengthen marine and coastal environmental protection in the region.
The 2019 Expert Meeting of the Northwest Pacific Action Plan’s the Marine Environmental Emergency Preparedness and Response Regional Activity Centre took place in December 2019, in Tokyo, Japan. The Japan Coast Guard hosted the meeting.
Chinese environmental protection volunteers, from elementary students to senior citizens, exchanged views on marine environmental protection and biodiversity conservation with experts at the 17th Focal Points Meeting of Data and Information Networking Regional Activity Center of the Northwest Pacific Action Plan which was held in Dalian, China in August 2019.
Maritime experts and policymakers gathered in Seoul, the Republic of Korea in August 2019 to brainstorm on future directions of regional cooperation to address oil, hazardous noxious substance and marine pollution.
Marine scientists and government officers agreed to further survey the species filed as endangered in the Northwest Pacific region in the 17th Focal Points Meeting of Data and Information Networking Regional Activity Centre of the Northwest Pacific Action Plan which was held in Dalian, China on 22–23 August 2019.
Some 150 representatives from academia, governmental agencies, international organizations, industry and non-governmental organizations met in Tokyo, Japan in August 2019 to brainstorm approaches for achieving the objectives of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.
In August 2019, the Korea Association for UN Environment initiated the two-day 2019 Beat Plastic Pollution: Save the Sea—Clean-up Marine Litter Camp. The intention of the camp was to give 30 university students the opportunity to participate in marine litter cleanup activities and learn about marine litter. The students came from 17 different Korean universities: Pusan National University, Pukyuong National University, the Catholic University of Korea, Korea Maritime & Ocean University and Yonsei University.
The Yellow Sea is a large shallow productive sea between mainland China and the Korean Peninsula. It covers an area of 400,000 km2 with 600 million people living in its coastal areas. The Yellow Sea is one of the most heavily exploited marine ecosystems in the world. Pollution and contaminants resulting from human activities, eutrophication, toxic blooms of harmful marine organisms, jellyfish blooms, overfishing, unsustainable mariculture, habitat loss and degradation have all imposed pressures on the Yellow Sea.
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 Action Plan was invited to the First Operational Satellite Oceanography Symposium held in June 2019 in Maryland, United States to introduce the Northwest Pacific Action Plan Eutrophication Assessment Tool (NEAT) and its applicability on a global scale.
The Northwest Pacific Action Plan was invited to the 24th Intergovernmental Meeting of the Coordinating Body on the Seas of East Asia to share its experiences on addressing marine environmental protection through institutional strengthening. The meeting took place in June 2019 in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia.
Experts from the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Korea and international organizations gathered in Busan, Republic of Korea on 4-5 June 2019 to explore ways to address marine pollution in the Yellow Sea. They compared the baseline survey research on marine litter, reviewed related legislation and regulation, and discussed measures to address marine litter in the Yellow Sea.
International and regional environmental organizations, governments and academia gathered in May 2019 to identify the best practices and experiences, gaps and obstacles in the delivery the voluntary commitments to the 2017 United Nations Ocean Conference.
The Meeting of the Communities of Ocean Action “From Commitments to Action: Implementing SDG14” was organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs in Incheon, Republic of Korea.
International and regional environmental organizations and experts gathered in Seoul in May 2019 to explore ways to promote cross-border conservation in the Korean Peninsula, building on green initiatives launched after the historic 2018 Korean leaders’ summit.
A carpet of algae, floating dead fish for as far as the eye can see, a stench so powerful it irritates the lungs and stings the eyes… these are some of the effects of algal blooms, caused by ocean eutrophication, a deadly phenomenon for aquatic ecosystems.
Cloud computing technology can speed up the assessment of Northwest Pacific seagrass beds which nurture biodiversity, purify seawater and mitigate climate change but are threatened by human activities and natural disasters, says a study by the UN Environment Regional Seas Programme in the region.
Fast growing aquaculture production is threatening the rich biodiversity in the seas bordering Japan, People’s Republic of China, Republic of Korea and the Russian Federation, according to an assessment by a United Nations marine environmental health monitoring centre in Toyama, Japan.
Incheon, Republic of Korea, August 2018 – The world’s biggest oil spill at sea in decades, early this year off the coast of China, was met with a speedy response thanks to timely information exchange, according to the maritime authorities of the countries exposed to the environmental disaster, who spoke at a United Nations meeting on marine pollution response preparedness.
Russky Island, Russian Federation, June 2018 - Students and teachers of Far Eastern Federal University located on Russky island in Peter the Great Gulf off Vladivostok on the Russian Federation’s Northwest Pacific coast, marked World Environment Day 2018 by removing 200 kg of marine litter from the island.
The coastal clean-up, organized by Ekostart Ltd, a non-governmental organization with the support of the Vladivostok City Administration, covered a 300 m section of the coastline and collected 50 kg of plastic and nearly 100 kg of glass, besides other waste.
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