UNEPNOWPAP CEARAC

The Thirteenth CEARAC Focal Points Meeting

The Thirteenth NOWPAP CEARAC Focal Points Meeting (FPM) was held on 25-26 August 2015 in Toyama, Japan. About 15 people including CEARAC Focal Points from the NOWPAP member states, representatives of NOWPAP RCU and POMRAC as well as representatives of the North-East Asian Subregional Programme for Environmental Cooperation (NEASPEC) and the IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC) attended the meeting. The meeting participants reviewed the progress and expected outcomes/outputs of CEARAC activities for the 2014-2015 biennium.

Currently CEARAC has been implementing three major activities: pilot assessment on the impacts of major threats to marine biodiversity in the selected sea areas in the NOWPAP region; trial application of the screening procedure of the NOWPAP Common Procedure for eutrophication assessment; and case studies on seagrass mapping in the selected sea areas in the NOWPAP region. Field work of each activity has already done and the national reports have already been submitted to CEARAC. While reviewing the draft image of a regional report and a web-based map, which are under construction by the Secretariat, FPs provided some suggestions on how to compile and reflect the results in the final report and/or map.

Then, the Secretariat presented a workplan of CEARAC activities for the 2016-2017 biennium. For the coming two years, there are two activities to be mainly implemented: development of a draft common procedure for assessment of the impacts of major pressures on marine biodiversity in the NOWPAP region; and feasibility study towards assessment of seagrass distribution in the NOWPAP region, both of which are based on the results of the current activities. During the discussion, the participants expected CEARAC to have more collaboration of information exchange with relevant regional/international organizations in their future activities.

The meeting also reviewed the workplan and adopted it. The workplan will be submitted to the 20th NOWPAP Intergovernmental meeting (IGM) to be held in October in China for approval.

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

Report Report

Report of the 13th NOWPAP CEARAC Focal Points Meeting

Report Annex I

List of Participants for the Thirteenth NOWPAP CEARAC Focal Points Meeting

Report Annex II

List of Documents for the Thirteenth NOWPAP CEARAC Focal Points Meeting

Report Annex III

Agenda for the Thirteenth NOWPAP CEARAC Focal Points Meeting

Report Annex III-1

Annotated Provisional Agenda

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 expenditure of CEARAC activities for the 2014-2015 biennium

Report Annex VI

Report on the activity on pilot assessment on the impacts of major threats to marine biodiversity in the selected sea areas in the NOWPAP region

Report Annex VII

Report on the activity on trial application of the screening procedure of the NOWPAP Common Procedure for eutrophication assessment

Report Annex VIII

Report on the activity on case studies on seagrass mapping in the selected sea areas in the NOWPAP region

Report Annex IX

Report on the activity on CEARAC Marine Litter Activities

Report Annex X

Proposal for development of a common procedure for assessment of the impacts of major pressures on marine biodiversity in the NOWPAP region

Report Annex XI

Proposal for feasibility study towards assessment of seagrass in the NOWPAP region

Report Annex XII Proposal for CEARAC Marine Litter Activities for the 2016-2017 biennium
Report Annex XIII Draft workplan and budget of entire CEARAC activities for the 2106-2017 biennium and recommendation to the 20th NOWPAP IGM
Report Annex XIV Procedures for assessment of eutrophication status including evaluation of land-based sources of nutrients for the NOWPAP region (Revision: 2015-Feb)
Report Annex XV A manual for Seagrass and seaweed beds distribution mapping with satellite images
Report Annex XVI List of CEARAC Focal Points
Report Appendix

Appendix

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