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National Capacity Building

The New Strategic Direction of COBSEA (2008-2012) describes the need for increasing capacities in the East Asian Seas region in order to improve the implementation of relevant MEAs to which countries are parties and assist non-parties in the ratification process. This strategy will also cover other international agreements and obligations, which are of priority to the region.

Already at the Eighteenth Meeting of COBSEA, Sanya, P.R. China, 24-25 January 2006, the member countries expressed the wish for COBSEA to have an initial focus on capacity building. 

Implementation of Marine/Ocean Environment-Related Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) in the East Asian Seas Region..For more information.......

Agreement signed between EAS/RCU and SCIES for MEA capacity building activity

The People's Republic of China has agreed to take a lead in this first national capacity building activity. The South China Institute of Environmental Sciences has been identifed as the lead agency.

The activity is focusing on Marine/Ocean Environment related MEAs including:

  • Global Programme of Action on the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA);
  • International Convention for the Control and Management of Ship’s Ballast Water and Sediments;
  • International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and
    Co-operation (OPRC);
  • London Convention: Convention on Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter (LDC);
  • MARPOL Convention: International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships; and
  • United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

Understanding the status of implementation of these MEAs among the COBSEA member countries will enable COBSEA to identify capacity building needs and propose solutions that will lead to more effective MEA implementation in member countries.



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