This Policy Brief is based on the outcome of the East Asian Seas IGR-2 Preparatory Workshop entitled, Partnership Opportunities for Enhancing GPA Implementation, held in Bangkok, Thailand, on 4-5 September 2006. The workshop was coorganized and co-sponsored by the UNEP East Asian Seas Regional Coordinating Unit (EAS/RCU) and the GEF/UNDP/IMO Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA) for the Second Intergovernmental Review Meeting (IGR-2) of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA).
The objectives of the workshop were to review the status of national GPA implementation 2002 through 2006; to identify the roles and contributions of regional programs and projects to GPA implementation; to outline major activities and targets of countries and regional programs and projects with respect to GPA objectives over the next five years; to delineate unmet demands regarding sewage and sanitation in the region, and to examine what is needed to strengthen investments in this sector; and to prepare an information document on implementation of GPA in the East Asian region for submission to the IGR-2 meeting.
The workshop was attended by representatives from six countries, namely: Cambodia, China, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Representatives from the following regional organizations were also in attendance: COBSEA; APEC Marine Resource Conservation Group; ASEAN Working Group on Coastal and Marine Environment; UNEP/GPA, UNEP EAS/RCU and PEMSEA.