UNEPNOWPAP CEARAC

The Fourteenth NOWPAP CEARAC Focal Points Meeting

The Fourteenth NOWPAP CEARAC Focal Points Meeting (FPM) was held on 7-8 April 2016 in Toyama, Japan. 12 people including focal points from the four NOWPAP member states, representatives of NOWPAP RCU and other RACs and a representative of the Ministry of the Environment, Japan attended the meeting to review the results of the past activities of CEARAC for 2014-2015 and to discuss the planned activities for 2016-2017.

At first, the Secretariat of CEARAC reported the results of the past biennium, focusing on three major projects: Pilot assessment of 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. These projects have been behind schedule, and the Secretariat explained remained work to be done in 2016.

Next, the Secretariat explained the current activities. There are two major projects to be implemented for the 2016-2017 biennium: 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.

The Secretariat focuses on eutrophication, invasive non-indigenous species (NIS) and habitat alteration as major pressures on marine biodiversity in the NOWPAP region. Taking the experiences and obtained knowledge from the past CEARAC activities into account, the meeting suggested the Secretariat to consider assessment indicators and methodologies and to conduct literature review on specific impacts of the pressures on marine biodiversity at the same time.

The meeting also advised the Secretariat to accumulate information from satellite imageries for accurate analysis and to investigate scientific knowledge on seagrass distribution in each NOWPAP member state.

Based on the provided suggestions, the Secretariat implements planned activities. The progress of them will be reviewed in the 15th FPM to be held in autumn 2016.

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

Report Report

Report of the 14th NOWPAP CEARAC Focal Points Meeting

Report Annex I

List of Participants for the Fourteenth NOWPAP CEARAC Focal Points Meeting

Report Annex II

List of Documents for the Fourteenth NOWPAP CEARAC Focal Points Meeting

Report Annex III

Agenda for the Fourteenth 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

Workplan and budget of CEARAC activities for the 2016-2017 biennium

Report Annex VII

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

Report Annex VIII

Workplan and budget for feasibility study towards assessment of seagrass distribution in the NOWPAP region

Report Annex IX

Workplan and budget for CEARAC Marine Litter Activities for the 2016-2017 biennium

Report Annex X

Preparation of a web-based map on potential eutrophic zone in the NOWPAP region

Report Annex XI

List of CEARAC Focal Points

Report Appendix

Appendix

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