UNEPNOWPAP CEARAC

Expert Meeting on Marine Biodiversity and Eutrophication in the Northwest Pacific Region

The Northwest Pacific Region Environmental Cooperation Center (NPEC), host organization of NOWPAP CEARAC, held an expert meeting on marine biodiversity and eutrophication on the 4th and 5th of August in Toyama, Japan. About 15 experts on marine biodiversity and eutrophication in the NOWPAP member states and representatives of NOWPAP RCU and POMRAC and other international organizations, such as Helsinki Commission (HELCOM), North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES), and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the United States participated in the meeting.

Following the presentations on conservation of the marine environment and marine ecosystems in the world and in the NOWPAP region, including presentations on the results of the eutrophication assessment by the experts of the member states, using the Common Procedures which CEARAC has developed for conducting a standardized eutrophication assessment in the NOWPAP region, there were discussions on potential activities of CEARAC for the next biennium (2012-2013) and beyond while useful advice and suggestions were provided from the participants for developing workplans on marine biodiversity and eutrophication assessment to meet the needs of the NOWPAP region.

Based on the comments and suggestions during the meeting, CEARAC will prepare draft workplans on marine biodiversity and eutrophication assessment for the 2012-2013 biennium and present them to the 9th NOWPAP CEARAC Focal Points Meeting.to be held in September 2011.

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