UNEPNOWPAP CEARAC

The Twelfth CEARAC Focal Points Meeting

The Twelfth NOWPAP CEARAC Focal Points Meeting (FPM) was held on 2-3 July 2014 in Toyama, Japan. About 15 people including focal points from the NOWPAP member states, representatives of NOWPAP RCU and RACs as well as representatives of North-East Asian Subregional Programme for Environmental Cooperation (NEASPEC) and the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) attended the meeting and reviewed the results and the progress of CEARAC activities for the 2012-2013 and 2014-2015 bienniums.

At first, CEARAC Secretariat reported the outcomes of CEARAC activities in 2012-2013. There were 3 major projects implemented: research on existing marine protected areas (MPAs) in the NOWPAP region; eutrophication assessment in selected sea areas in the NOWPAP region with the revised NOWPAP Common Procedure; and organization of the NOWPAP-PICES Joint Training Course on Remote Sensing Data Analysis.

Next, the Secretariat reported the workplan of activities in the 2014-2015 biennium, focusing on pilot assessments on the impacts of major threats to marine biodiversity; trial application of the screening procedure of the NOWPAP Common Procedure for eutrophication assessment; and case studies on seagrass mapping.

Along with its responsibilities (monitoring and assessment of marine, coastal and associated freshwater environments in the NOWPAP region, and development of monitoring and assessment tools/programs), CEARAC plans to develop a new assessment tool to evaluate marine environment for marine biodiversity conservation in the NOWPAP region in the future.
So, as its initial step, relevant data availability in the four member states will be investigated in 2014-2015 by implementing planned activities. For eutrophication assessment, CEARAC will expand the assessing areas to the entire NOWPAP region. It is expected that the seagrass mapping project will reveal the status of this significant habitat in the region. During the extensive discussion, the meeting provided the Secretariat with constructive suggestions for more efficient and effective implementation of each activity.

See Report and Documents of the 12th NOWPAP CEARAC Focal Points Meeting.

Report Report

Report of the 12th NOWPAP CEARAC Focal Points Meeting

Report Annex I

List of Participants for the 12th CEARAC Focal Points Meeting

Report Annex II

Agenda for the 12th NOWPAP CEARAC Focal Points Meeting

Report Annex III

Agenda for the Eleventh NOWPAP CEARAC Focal Points Meeting

Report Annex III-1

Agenda for the 12th NOWPAP CEARAC Focal Points Meeting

Report Annex IV

Report of the Regional Coordinating Unit (RCU) on the implementation of the Northwest Pacific Action Plan (NOWPAP)

Report Annex V

Report on the implementation and the expenditure of@CEARAC activities for the 2012-2013 biennium

Report Annex VI

Workplan and budget of CEARAC activities for the 2014-2015 biennium

Report Annex VII

Workplan and budget for pilot assessment on the impacts of major threats to marine biodiversity in selected sea areas in the NOWPAP region

Report Annex VIII

Workplan and budget for trial applications of the screening procedure of the NOWPAP Common Procedure for eutrophication assessment

Report Annex IX

Workplan and budget for case studies on seagrass and seaweed mapping in selected sea areas in the NOWPAP region

Report Annex X

Workplan and budget of CEARAC Marine Litter Activities

Report Annex XI

List of CEARAC Focal Points

Report Appendix

Appendix

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