The Tenth CEARAC Focal Points Meeting
The Tenth CEARAC Focal Points Meeting was held on the 17th and 18th of
April 2012 in Toyama, Japan. 16 experts and authorities including the members
of FPM, representatives of NOWPAP RCU and RACs, and others participated
in the meeting.
At first, the Director of CEARAC reported the implementation and expenditure
of CEARAC activities for the 2010-2011 biennium. One of the major projects
in this biennium is assessing the eutrophication status. Using the NOWPAP
Common Procedure which CEARAC developed in 2009, the eutrophication status
in 5 sea areas (the Changjiang River Estuary and it adjacent area, the
Northwest Kyushu area, Toyama Bay, Jinhae Bay and Peter the Great Bay)
were assessed and the results were compared. In general, the areas close
to the coast are more eutrophicated because of stronger impacts of anthropogenic
activities. Each assessment result of the 5 areas is shown in the integrated
report of the eutrophication status. Besides this report, two revisions
of the integrated reports on harmful algal blooms (HABs) and ocean remote
sensing (RS) were also developed.
Next, the workplan and budget for CEARAC activities for the 2012-2013 biennium
were explained with the current progress of each activity. Specific projects
for the current biennium are on (1) marine biodiversity (2) eutrophication,
and (3) ocean remote sensing. CEARAC plans to develop a regional report
for conservation of marine biodiversity and sustainable use of marine ecosystem
services in the NOWPAP region, so, information of MPAs in each member state
is being collected to analyze the monitoring and management status of them.
On eutrophication, CEARAC has been improving some assessment parameters
in the NOWPAP Common Procedure for another assessment in the existing and
new marine areas.
Besides the activities to be implemented under the framework of CEARAC,
there is one collaborative work planned to be implemented in the 2012-2013
biennium: development of the second gState of Marine Environmental Report
for the NOWPAP Regionh (SOMER-2). This activity has been conducted under
the leadership of POMRAC and CEARAC and other RACs will take responsibilities
for some chapters and/or sub-chapters depending on their expertise and
See Report and Documents of Tenth NOWPAP CEARAC Focal Points Meeting.