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Sustainable shipping in light of environmentally sensitive sea areas protection

Regional Workshop on Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas (PSSAs) in Southeast Asia: Trends and Prospects

11 - 12 October 2017, Singapore

The Centre for International Law (CIL) of the National University of Singapore (NUS) organised a Regional Workshop on PSSAs. The term PSSA as adopted by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) refers to areas in need of protection from shipping due to ecological, socio-economic or scientific vulnerabilities.

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Guest and speakers at the forum

Distinguished guests at the forum included Professor Tommy Koh from Singapore and Ambassador Arif Havas from Indonesia. Speakers included Associate Professor Robert Beckman, Capt. Ashley Roach (ret.), and Ms. Youna Lyons from the NUS Centre for International Law as well as invited international and regional experts including Associate Professor Jay Batongbacal (the Philippines), Professor Aldo Chircop (Canada), Professor Richard Kenchington (Australia), Mr. Edward Kleverlaan (previous IMO-Norad PSSAs Project Coordinator), Dr. Julian Roberts (Australia), Associate Professor Nyugen Chu Hoi (Vietnam), and Mr Raymond Ivan Sianturi (Indonesia). Ms. Cheryl Rita Kaur, Head of the Centre for Coastal and Marine Environment MIMA spoke on the Malaysian proposal.

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Cheryl Rita presented on the Malaysian case

Representatives from academia, government, and NGOs with a focus on the environmental and shipping related sectors attended the forum.

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During the meeting

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The Panel Discussion explored the prospects of regional cooperation on marine environmental protection from shipping activities

Note: All pictures courtesy of CIL, NUS

The forum discussed in detail the recent Southeast Asian proposals for PSSAs in the region which include the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Indonesia. The broad scope of the meeting involved analysing future prospects for use of PSSAs in the Southeast Asian region, especially in terms of regional cooperation for the protection of the marine environment from shipping. The workshop also focused on the broader context of marine protected areas (MPAs) and global and regional initiatives to protect 10 percent of marine areas by 2020 (against the current figure of about 5.7 percent as reported under the Convention on Biological Diversity).


The forum was a great opportunity for exchange of views and perspectives on the subject area, besides networking with like-minded scholars and other relevant stakeholders.

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