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U.S. - ASEAN Conference on Marine Environmental Issues 

14 - 15 September 2017
Bangkok, Thailand 

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The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Mangroves for the Future programme and the Stimson Center, on behalf of the US State Department, co-organised the above conference. 

The conference brought together over 50 marine and conservation experts from think tanks, academia, the private sectors, governments and non-governmental organisations from ASEAN member countries, as well as from the US, India, Japan, and Australia to discuss a wide range of marine environmental issues facing Southeast Asia. It addresses issues on sustainable fisheries management, managing marine protected areas, marine and coastal resource management, corals and mangroves restoration and protection, natural disaster resilience, and ocean pollution. 

AseanCoferenceMarine2Participants at the forum

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During the meeting

MIMA Head of the Centre for Coastal and Marine Environment (CMER), Ms. Cheryl Rita Kaur moderated the Session on Managing Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Panellists at the Session were Professor Porfirio Alino from the Marine Science Institute of University of the Philippines, Mr. James Borton of the Stimson Center Southeast Asia Program, Mr. Jamili Nais, Director of the Sabah Parks, and Dr. Chu Manh Trinh from the Cham Islands MPA.

AseanCoferenceMarine4The Session on Managing Marine Protected Areas

The session addressed the global commitment to the 2030 Agenda to protect 10 percent of the world’s oceans by 2020.  Suggestions were made on how countries in the region could further build on the ASEAN Criteria for Marine Heritage Areas, the ASEAN Criteria for National Protected Areas, and several other precedents. The panel also discussed ways ASEAN states could continue towards this goal by implementing effective law enforcement surveillance technologies and enforcement regulations and providing the mandate for national and regional MPAs through beneficial collaboration and exchanges. The session also explored how members can engage with private sector technology firms in helping countries protect and enforce MPAs across the region. 

MIMA is proud to have contributed to the proceedings of this important forum at the regional level and will continue to play an active role in addressing issues raised at the meeting. 

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