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Representatives from the Chinese government at central and local levels, international organisations, non-governmental organisations, and research institutes brainstormed via a virtual meeting on how to reduce marine plastic pollution further and enhance cooperation in the East Asian region.

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The Northwest Action Plan (NOWPAP) was invited to introduce the experience in hosting the Regional Node of Global Partnership on Marine Litter in technical consultation of the Working Group on Marine Litter in East Asia.

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Marine scientists from China, Japan, Korea and Russia identified conservation of biological habitats, plankton species, and environmental DNA as one of the highest priorities for the Northwest Pacific region, as well as the deciding way to protect marine biodiversity. These priorities were thoroughly discussed at a meeting held in Chiba, Japan, in November 2019. The Northwest Pacific region is famous for its numerous biodiverse areas.

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In November 2019, in the City of Chiba, Japan, a group of marine scientists from the Northwest Pacific region agreed on a roadmap to develop the Regional Action Plan on Marine and Coastal Marine Biodiversity.

At the Chiba meeting, the experts reviewed previous work on marine and coastal biodiversity and identified gaps in the current knowledge, particularly, in the following areas:

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As the country with the biggest population and the second-largest world economy, China plays a significant role in addressing marine litter.

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Writer: Ning Liu,  Editor: Anna Manikowska D.G., Reviewer: Yegor Volovik, Nancy Groves As a part of a capacity-building programme, representatives from government authorities, research institutions and non-governmental organizations from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Peru, the Philippines, the Russian Federation, Timor-Leste, Singapore, and the Republic of Korea participated in a training workshop on marine debris in Busan, Korea, in October 2019. This workshop was organized by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation's Marine Environme

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Writer: Ning Liu, Editor: Anna Manikowska D.G., Reviewer: Yegor Volovik, Nancy Groves   The global production of plastics has increased between 1950 and 2017 at an average of 9 percent per year, reaching about 350 million tons in 2017. Natural weathering processes convert larger plastic products into much smaller pieces of plastics, micro- and nanoplastics.

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Chinese volunteers team up to clean up beach in Dalian Representatives of the government agencies and research institutes from China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, as well as participants from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat, and non-governmental organizations teamed up with volunteers from China to clean up the Bangchui Beach in Dalian, China, on 25 September 2019. The campaign organized by the Northwest Pacific Action Plan and the Trilateral Environmental Ministers Meeting among China, Japan, and Korea, in cooperation with

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  Policymakers and experts from the Northwest Pacific region gathered in Dalian, China, in September 2019 to discuss how to improve waste management to address marine litter at source. The Northwest Pacific Action Plan, the Trilateral Environmental Ministers Meeting with China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea, joined by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment of China, jointly organized the marine litter management workshop in Dalian in September 2019.  The theme of the meeting was "Improvement of waste management to reduce marine litter into the oceans." Qingjia Meng, from the Chinese Resea

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The Northwest Pacific region features a high diversity of marine and coastal species ranging from boreal to subtropical.

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Marine scientists from China, Japan, the Republic of Korea and the Russian Federation met in Vladivostok, Russian Federation in March 2019 to discuss ways of assessing the health of the seas shared by the four countries in order to support regional progress towards ocean-related Sustainable Development Goals. The meeting, organized by the Pollution Monitoring Regional Activity Centre (POMRAC) of the Northwest Pacific Action Plan of the four-decades-old UN Environment Regional Seas Programme, discussed six most applicable indicators related to monitoring marine ecological quality in the region

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Qingdao City in Shandong province of the People’s Republic of China, and Taean County in South Chungcheong Do province of the Republic of Korea are popular coastal resorts about 600 km apart, on opposite ends of the Yellow Sea, and known for their clean beaches and clear seas.       Shandong and South Chungcheong Do provinces are partners in an environmental initiative that brings together local authorities, businesses and civil society to keep their beaches free of marine litter—a threat to the seas and coasts of East Asia. Acknowledging the primary role of local governments in protecting th

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Good ocean data science is vital for reversing the rapid decline in the health of our seas that threatens humanity and the planet, the UN Environment Northwest Pacific Regional Seas Programme told an international scientific forum in Tokyo, Japan, in February 2019, in preparation for the first UN Decade of Ocean Science. The 18–19 February 2019 International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) XXV Scientific Conference, organized by the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange programme of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNE

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Good ocean data science is vital for reversing the rapid decline in the health of our seas that threatens humanity and the planet, the UN Environment Northwest Pacific Regional Seas Programme told an international scientific forum in Tokyo, Japan, in February 2019, in preparation for the first UN Decade of Ocean Science.

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The UN Environment’s Northwest Pacific Action Plan marks 20 years of partnership with Japan’s marine conservation centre

At an event to mark the 20th anniversary of Japan’s Northwest Pacific Region Environmental Cooperation Center (NPEC), the UN Environment’s Northwest Pacific Action Plan (NOWPAP) voiced its commitment to strengthen its 20-year partnership with the Center to help steer regional implementation of ocean-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Northwest Pacific Action Plan’s Medium-term Strategy 2018-2023.

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One of very few intergovernmental cooperative mechanisms in Northeast Asia, the UN Environment Northwest Pacific Action Plan (NOWPAP) can play a large role in supporting regional peace and prosperity through ‘science diplomacy’, a major conference on East Asian seas in Iloilo City, Philippines, recommended. A session, organized by the UN Environment Northwest Pacific Action Plan, during the 27-30 November 2018 East Asian Seas Congress, reviewed the over two decades of regional cooperation it has promoted and concluded that the Action Plan plays a key role in the regional implementation of oce

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At this year’s Fujisawa Campus annual festival at Japan’s prestigious Keio University, a large number of the over 10,000 mostly young visitors were drawn to a peculiar display booth.  The attraction was understandable—visitors to the booth, mostly students from Keio and other universities as well as pre-university students and members of the public, were encouraged to change their lifestyles and reduce dependence on plastics.

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Acknowledging the economic and social importance of the ecological health of their seas, Japan, People’s Republic of China, Republic of Korea and the Russian Federation have endorsed a six-year strategy that will harness science-based cooperation for regional progress towards achieving ocean-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Representatives of the four Member States of the UN Environment Action Plan for the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Northwest Pacific Region (NOWPAP) attending the 23rd Northwest Pacific Region Intergovernment

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The Experts Workshop on Marine Pollution Indicators under Sustainable Development Goal Target 14.1.1, coordinated by UN Environment with the support of IOC-UNESCO, was held on the 12th-13th September, 2018, at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France.

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Officials from eight coastal cities in Japan and the Republic of Korea met in Busan, Republic of Korea, with representatives of the UN Environment Regional Seas Programme for the Northwest Pacific to explore ways of working together to protect their seas and coasts from marine litter. The Regional Coordinating Unit of the UN Environment Action Plan for the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Northwest Pacific Region (NOWPAP) was invited to the 18 September Korea-Japan Coastal Cities Marine Environment Meeting, organized by Republic of Korea’s Bus

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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. Ten species of seagrass reported in the Northwest Pacific seas that border Japan, People’s Republic of China, Republic of Korea and the Russian Federation are included in the International Union for Conservation of Nature red list of threatened species, according to the Feasibility Study Towards Asse

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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. Alien species, habitat alteration and eutrophication of seas caused by entry of excessive nutrients are among major threats to the region’s marine biodiversity, and aquaculture is a main contributory factor, says the study by the Toyama-based Special Monitoring and Coastal Environmental Assessment Regional Activ

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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. An online marine pollution reporting system (POLREP) – set up by the UN Environment Programme Action Plan for the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Northwest Pacific Region (

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Vladivostok, Russian Federation, August 2018 – Four Northwest Pacific countries met in Vladivostok, Russia, at a United Nations expert consultation to review progress in monitoring pollution affecting the region’s seas and coasts and developing ecological quality measures in support of the global 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The consultation, organized by the Vladivostok-based Pollution Monitoring Regional Activity Centre (POMRAC) of the UN Environment Action Plan for the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Northwest Pacific Region (N

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Busan, Republic of Korea– A meeting of 15 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member economies held here in June 2018 has proposed wide-ranging measures to prevent and manage the growing problem of marine debris that threatens the environmental and economic well-being of the region. The draft APEC Marine Debris Management Guidelines prepared at the meeting include a range of recommendations from policies to reduce plastic consumption through a mix of regulations and incentives targeting producers and consumers, support for research and innovation, financing and increased private sector ro

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